WWYD.......Where would u go ..school related updated 12/12 page 10

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  1. Hrhpd

    Hrhpd DIS Veteran

    May 12, 2012
    Several high schools in Colorado partner with the University of Colorado where they can take CU courses at their high school. They are the regular collegiate classes and show up on your CU transcript. The program is called CU Succeed.

    Depending on the school (each school differs on how many classes they offer) many kids have started CU as a second semester sophomore or first semester junior after they graduate high school.

    And each class is only $250, so you save a ton on those first 2 years of tuition.
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  3. Iforgetmypassword

    Iforgetmypassword "I am Mrs. Nesbit!!"

    Oct 19, 2012
    Is she "board", or "bored"? Because, seriously, there's a difference.
  4. monsterkitty

    monsterkitty DIS Veteran

    Sep 5, 2005
    Seriously! :thumbsup2

    What exactly do you want in a school? One that challenges your DD or one that allows your DD to grow as a child while growing academically? Do you want her to be around only those kids who are at her "level", or do you want her to be around well-rounded kids?

    While your DD may be "board" with school she still needs to be a kid. Look for a district that offers advanced classes for kids your DD's age. My district groups by age as well as ability, not traditional grade levels. In my district she would be with 11-14 year-olds who are at the same level as she is, but placed in the middle school. If she is truly at high school AP level in some subjects she would be in those classes we hold at the middle school.

    Look for other districts that teach students at ability not grade level.
  5. snarlingcoyote

    snarlingcoyote <font color=blue>I know people who live in really

    Dec 27, 2008
    I know of a kid who is in this category; as an example, she wanted to go to summer camp when she was in middle school and found out about a math camp where she could likely get a scholarship if she made a 30 on her ACT. So she studied her rear off and made a 35 the winter of her 8th grade year. (Yeah, she got her scholarship.):rotfl:

    One of the things she started doing is taking the MIT open courses - you can sort of "sit in" on MIT classes - the class lectures are on the internet along with the course guides and assignments; you just have to buy the textbook. I think they even offer some sort of certification now (they didn't when she started). You might Google that.
  6. tar heel

    tar heel <font color=royalblue>Where will we get our news i

    Aug 17, 1999
    I wouldn't snort about AP art. It's one of the hardest AP classes to get a good score in. Most of us, and that includes me and may very well include the OP's child, wouldn't have a prayer of success in that class. A lot of kids take the class but don't even do the portfolio b/c it's so time consuming and expensive, and there's definitely no guarantee of success.
  7. clm10308

    clm10308 DIS Veteran

    Jun 23, 2010
    If you are looking at public school options, in Texas my kids attended Harmony charter schools for a while. Harmony does accelerate its GT students. There were 8th graders taking HE Geometry.

    Also, Texas Connections Academy (online charter school) allowed kids to accelerate at their own pace (I had a 6 yr old in my 3rd grade class). They can place kids based on their own placement test. They also allowed kids to take a course (such as math) and move on to the next level course if they finished early such as taking only 3 months to finish a one year algebra course.
  8. MariDisney

    MariDisney Queen of the World

    Apr 20, 2004
    That's interesting about being a flight surgeon. I don't often hear about young girls planning careers in the military. I think it's awesome that she's thinking of serving the country at such a young age! We need more young people like her. Is she thinking about a particular branch of the military?
  9. chryscrazy

    chryscrazy Mouseketeer

    Oct 18, 2008
    Do you have any Montessori schools around?

    Who taught her to read at age 2?
  10. Callie

    Callie Always Dreaming of Disney Magic

    Mar 31, 2005
    I've always been naturally gifted in learning, and got through school very easily with not much trying. I basically skipped much of 6th-8th grade, and then attended high school three hours a day for 3 years in high school and graduated a year early. I didn't have to move away, or take special courses, I just taught myself the work with a teacher being there if need be. Maybe something like that would work!
  11. cornflake

    cornflake DIS Veteran

    Jul 31, 2011
    I think I'm missing something - why not just find the best high school for her, as she's in 8th grade?

    You're upstate - NYC has no shortage of excellent high schools.

    The SAT won't, as another poster noted, do any good for this. If you want it for like Duke's TIP or whatever, that's not going to help her get into high school.

    High school she needs ISEE/SSAT, TACHS/HSPT, SHSAT or individual school's exams. However, you're kind of way late for this year for admission for next year, which would be her track. I think most all of the testing dates have passed or are close to passing, there may be some in December.

    Hence... I don't know what you're looking for really? Any good private high school is going to want exam scores.
  12. LindyN

    LindyN DIS Veteran

    Apr 26, 2006
    My kids go to a school system not much larger than yours and were doing high school work in 7th and 8th grade. The school brought in dual credit for HS with our state university, but left AP Calculus. Both of my kids will enter the state colleges with at least 21 credit hours (fully transferrable as it is not community college). They passed their high school graduate requirements by the time they were freshmen. In 7th grade they were doing more math than I ever got, and I have a bachelor's degree.

    Son tested quite well for ACT, and not as well with SAT but still in the realm of great academic scholarships for college. He's very bright, and hasn't really cracked the books too much in HS. We didn't push the issue because he has done varsity sports and straight A's and great standardized test scores were enough for us.

    Could he have done more? Yes. However he's well-adjusted socially and happy. We were fortunate to have teachers who enriched his schoolwork with some extra things, and I also had him work on some literature that I read in college. He's been reading newspapers and news magazines for years, and is really up on current events and politics.

    There is a huge stretch to go from a rural community where you're the brightest to a larger system where you're just one of the smart ones. See what happens with the SAT and ACT test and then discuss it with the school system. I have smart kids who may be underchallenged in our rural school system, but they're kids. By the time they're 22 it won't really have mattered what they were reading in 7th grade.

    Its great to have a bright child, but the thing is... she's still a kid. I'd explore some online academies and some colleges with free coursework (Yale has freebies to download.) If you truly want to enrich the child's learning, you'll be able to do it with the computer.
  13. greenpea89

    greenpea89 <a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/" targ DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Jul 19, 2007
    If you are willing to move, and your daughter qualifies (student's SAT, ACT, and/or IQ scores must be in the top 1/10 of 1%), as another poster suggested I would highly recommend the Davidson Academy.

    Another alternative, if relocating and finding a job are a challenge for you as a single parent, is Stanford Online High School. It's run by Stanford University and falls under their EPGY program. Your child must qualify and go through an application process however this may be a good fit for your daughter as they offer the option of full time, part time, and individual course admission. Any of the OHS options could be incorporated into her current school day so that she is able to socialize at the appropriate age level while being challenged academically at her existing school.

    If she isn't already doing the Johns Hopkins CTY program then she should consider it as an enrichment option or online course option if she qualifies after taking her SAT. OHS and CTY have similar SAT score requirements.

    Good luck!
  14. emma'smom

    emma'smom <font color=magenta>P.S. Who would serve turnips a

    Jan 16, 2006
    OP-- I get what you are saying. Our summer place is up in the small logging towns of the Adirondack mountains. The year-round kids all go to one very small "community school" that is K-12. The education offerings are very basic---small enough school that there really aren't many extras or special opportunities.

    While I am sure your dd is bright, you might find that once she finds a place in a school with more challenging options...she'll be on par with her peers. In other words, perhaps she is really, really gifted---or perhaps she just needs a broader peer group.

    Rather than packing it all up....consider either a boarding school or perhaps just moving to a larger city with more options (like Syracuse, Albany, Binghamton).
  15. chris1gill

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    Sep 2, 1999
    If they started the process right now, the OP's daughter could take the SSAT in both December and January (all schools will wait for the Jan. scores). Application dates are 1/15 for most schools and 1/30 for some schools. However where to apply is the question. There are a lot of really great schools that don't work for a child's personality or vice versa. There are the acronym schools everybody knows about and the hidden gems few know about but matriculate at a high level and then there's every other type of school known to mankind, it isn't impossible to start looking at schools right now, but OP, you'd better look really fast and schedule interviews if any are left to be had.
  16. DisneyElite4

    DisneyElite4 Mouseketeer

    Mar 19, 2008
    I haven't read through this entire thread, but this gave me a good 5 minute laugh in the middle of a late night feed with my newborn. Love it.
  17. quasar4legs

    quasar4legs DIS Veteran

    Oct 9, 2008
    A website that may be of use to you is www.hoagiesgifted.org.

    If you look at the section for exceptionally and profoundly gifted students there are lots great resources.

    Miraca gross has an excellent book called exceptionally gifted children that is worth reading when trying to sort out educational options.

    There is lots of research that has shown keeping exceptionally and profoundly gifted students with their aged peers is in fact detremental to their opportunities to socialize.

    Good luck finding the right place for your daughter.
  18. cornflake

    cornflake DIS Veteran

    Jul 31, 2011
    Is there reason to believe the OP's daughter is at the level of profoundly gifted?

    She may well be - but what I get from the posts is that she's in 8th grade, taking three h.s. freshman-level classes and the OP has always asked for extra work and etc. for her.

    Which, as I said, may mean she's profoundly gifted. It also may mean she's a quite bright kid in an average school. As another poster mentioned, it may be that she'd get into a better school and find herself about the correct level instead of far ahead.

    I'm not sure what testing there's been or anything or what level the school is, but a good h.s. may be perfectly appropriate.
  19. quasar4legs

    quasar4legs DIS Veteran

    Oct 9, 2008
    Reading at 2 is a good indicator.
  20. Bonnie151

    Bonnie151 DIS Veteran

    Sep 23, 2006
    Honestly, I think parents worry too much these days! The above describes me to a T as a child. I went to a very small high school - it didn't offer any AP classes. I was bored but I still graduated 4th in my class. #1 in the class went to Harvard, #2 to Columbia, #3 to Stanford and I went to Bowdoin. There's plenty time for a challenge once she gets into college. We focused on other activities - I played the violin and joined a travelling youth orchestra. I may have been bored with academics, but overall I had plenty stimulation/challenge/whatever you want to call it... #s 1-3 in my class also had activities that they developed and focused on and I'm sure those helped with their college admissions.

    I don't think there's necessarily anything wrong with being bored in school if you have other interests or hobbies outside of the classroom. If your ultimate goal is for her to get into a competitive college, I don't see why that can't be achieved in a small rural school. :confused3

    ETA: I should add that I'm in no way implying that I'm profoundly gifted! :rotfl: Definitely not! Maybe the OPs daughter is, but taking algebra, biology & French in the 8th grade was normal back when I was in school & just meant you were in the top stream, not some sort of child genius!
  21. abdmom

    abdmom DIS Veteran

    Apr 6, 2008
    No it's not.

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