This post may make no sense to anyone other than me, but that is ok. I sometimes find that I need to write out stuff and go back and reread it to have it make sense to me. I'm hoping someone that reads this may have some insight, or at least an opinion to help me out.
My DD is considering the post secondary options program our state offers. Students are given the opportunity to attend college during their Senior year of high school (actually all through high school if they choose) and use those grades as both college credit and high school credit. The classes are free to students, other than transportation and books, which make this very enticing. Students can get their entire freshman year of college out of the way before they graduate college. Some students can actually start earlier if they care to and have an associates degree at the same time they earn their high school diploma.
Good things I can think of about the program....1. the chance to have a year of college under your belt when you get out of high school. That gives you only 3 more years to HAVE to go before you are finished..which is great if other things come along in your life and you want to hurry. 2. One year of college free, which takes a great financial burden off of you and your parents. 3. ..can't think of a third one yet.
Bad things...1. DD is all set up to be the Valedictorian for her class. She is tied with at least one other girl but unless something drastic comes up they will be Valedictorians. Sometimes transitioning to college can take a bit and if she gets a less than perfect grade in a college class it will count toward her high school and will knock her down in rank. 2. Getting knocked down in class rank will equal less scholarship money. 3. Saving the money from her freshman year will not equal what she could lose if her grades aren't perfect in college. 4. Will she miss out on all that fun stuff from her senior year? 5. Is it worth the worry to graduate from college one year earlier and then start your life as a working person one year earlier?....
I think you can probably tell from this post which way I am leaning. If she is dead set on going I think I would let her go because she is smart enough to do this....but is it worth it in the long run?
OMG I just clicked spell check and it worked...well it said I had no words spelled wrong so it may not completely be working, but it tried.