I have a freshman in high school and have been consulting with parents of older kids regarding class selection. I have been given two different pieces of advice... which do you agree with and why? (btw.. this is an accelerated school so one term is a full year of a subject)
1) Have the child take a class like Economics first term, then take AP Economics the second term to boost grade point average. The thought is to get the best possible grade point average so as to get into a better college.
2) Have the child take classes like Economics first term, then take one of the many electives to help determine passions. The thought is to try and find a passion/career path while in high school to save time and money in college.
This is assuming that the child would not be ready to take an AP class right off the bat.
Asked by Anonymous at 12:53 PM on Mar. 10, 2010 in Teens (13-17)
Answer by sandrayanc at 1:02 PM on Mar. 10, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 1:07 PM on Mar. 10, 2010
I say option 2. Allow the child to have different experiences. It gives them a better idea of what general direction to head in (career wise).
Answer by beeky at 1:14 PM on Mar. 10, 2010
Answer by twinsplus2more at 3:14 PM on Mar. 10, 2010
Who cares what "Colleges want to see." The college you kid goes to should depend on the career he wants. Find his passion first. He is already in an advanced/accelerated HS he should be able to get into 95% of the colleges out there. A study a few years back showed that kids who were accepted to ivy league schools, but chose to go to state universities did just as well in their careers as the ones who went ahead with their ivy league plans. The kid has got to love it until he is 67 years old! High school is not a 4 year competition to get into the best college. Find out what he loves. And take math. (I also have a 9th grader and one older and one younger.)
Answer by LoveMyDog at 4:25 PM on Mar. 10, 2010
Answer by rkoloms at 4:47 PM on Mar. 10, 2010
twinsplus2more.... my understanding is that an AP class is a 5 point class... this is how children graduate with above a 4.0 average. I didnt know that a college wouldnt accept the class. So if they took AP History... would they consider that child not having taken history???
Some how that simply doesnt make sense to me. The idea isnt to put them in a class that they arent ready for... the idea is to take the class twice. Once at the lower level, then again at the higher level so as to assure and A that is equal to 5 points.
Answer by Anonymous at 6:00 PM on Mar. 10, 2010
Answer by twinsplus2more at 8:27 PM on Mar. 10, 2010
Answer by LoveMyDog at 10:31 AM on Mar. 11, 2010
Answer by bookworm65 at 7:51 PM on Mar. 11, 2010