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Old 13 Jan 2008, 09:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Last year my step dad suggested that I just get my GED and get out of high school, then start taking college classes. I thought about it and decided it wasn't what I wanted to do, but lately I've been giving it more and more thought. It's looking more and more likely that I'm not going to be able to graduate on time, and I don't want to spend 5-6 years trying to pass high school. It's rediculous really. There is a massive ammount of requirements to pass. You have to have A, B, C, D, E, F, and G....along with X, Y, Z, and Q, plus they're adding more requirements. You guys may not believe me, but I've heard many many parents complaining about the hoops we have to jump through with this school to graduate.

What I'd probably end up doing is taking the ACT (which is required and I'm taking it in a couple of weeks), and see how I do on that. I'd also take a few GED and SAT practice quizzes and see how I do. If I do well then I'd probably go about seeing if I can take the SAT early. If I can, I'd see how I did on that, and if I do well, then I'd go ahead and take the quiz to get my GED. If not though, then I'm not going to. I know colleges and whatnot don't take GEDs as seriously as High School Diplomas, so I'd want good ACT and SAT scores to fall back on a little bit as well. I'm also going to wait to do this if I do decide to do this until sometime in October when I turn 18.

If I did do this, I'd also not just slack off. I'd go to college somewhere. I'm thinking about tomorrow morning going in and asking my counsler some questions. Seeing if she can help me get some reasearch done on A) putting this plan into action, and B) Possible colleges if I did decide to do this.

So my question is, what's PWF's take on this? What would your advice be taking into consideration that I wouldn't do this because I'm lazy and want to sit around all day. I'd get the GED, and start taking college classes.
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Old 13 Jan 2008, 10:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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well i look at it like this...to me it depends on what grade ur in...if ur in 11th or 12th then go ahead and finish....but if ur in like ur 4th year of high school and still in like 10th grade, then go ahead and do ur plan, but if ur at least a junior now, then go ahead and finish high school man...but that's just me
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Old 14 Jan 2008, 01:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm in a similar situation where its already been declared impossible for me to graduate on time, so they suggested i go to this alternative school where i can accumulate credits much quicker, with a fuck of a lot less effort too. so now i go to school 3 hrs a day, no homework, and its all done on computers, no pens no paper, and to make it better, i start school at 1pm. thank you, ADD.
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Old 14 Jan 2008, 07:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It is really well worth it to finish school and then go to college, if you think you can handle college then you sure can finish high school, I knew someone with a learning disorder that graduated high school.

Employers are more likely to take you seriously in good job openings if you have completed high school, and I mean good jobs, not working at you're local McDonalds or whatever. The job and career opportunities are better. I completed high school but I know for a fact that employers will look at the applications of high school graduates and not so much the drop-outs, no matter what tests you take.

No offence, but if you are finding it difficult to graduate now, then you're not trying hard enough, because those tests will be harder, and the college classes will be harder.

I would think long and hard before you make such a big life decision.
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Old 14 Jan 2008, 11:27 AM   #5 (permalink)
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It is really well worth it to finish school and then go to college, if you think you can handle college then you sure can finish high school, I knew someone with a learning disorder that graduated high school.

Employers are more likely to take you seriously in good job openings if you have completed high school, and I mean good jobs, not working at you're local McDonalds or whatever. The job and career opportunities are better. I completed high school but I know for a fact that employers will look at the applications of high school graduates and not so much the drop-outs, no matter what tests you take.

No offence, but if you are finding it difficult to graduate now, then you're not trying hard enough, because those tests will be harder, and the college classes will be harder.

I would think long and hard before you make such a big life decision.
It's really not a matter of me not trying hard enough or not getting the material. I get everything fine, it's just that at my school, you really need to do so many stupid things to graduate. First of all I need either 26 or 28 credits, can't remember which because I know incoming freshmen need 28, and I'm not sure if that applies to me. I need to have a certain ammount of those credits in my core classes, and a certain ammount in my "career pathway" classes. I'm fine with my core classes, but my career pathway classes are screwed. I should have something like 2-4 credits already in those, but they arn't counting them if you took them your freshmen year. I need 10 hours of community service. I need to have a certain ammount of college visits. I need to put together a portfolio of my junior and senior years including work I'm proud of. It just seems like every day I walk into my homeroom and their adding another graduation requirement. They're really making it so you cant slip once.

I've slipped. I'm trying to rebound, I really am, but it's becoming more and more difficult for me to do that within the next year and a half.

This would be a way for me to get out of here. What I'd probably end up doing is getting my GED, get out of this school and be able to move on. I'd most likely pull double duty for a while and take both college and HS classes, it's just that this way I could do it more on my own terms. I'd most likely do something like what Rated R is doing. Taking classes at an alternative school or something.

This really isn't a situation where I'm lazy and just don't want to do the work. I just don't want to spend 5-6 years of my life trying to pass high school because of a bunch of nonsense my school is thinking up to "better me". Just let me take the classes, get the credits, get my education, and move on. I really don't need to spend all this time being held back, especially when I'm ready to move forward.
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It's really not a matter of me not trying hard enough or not getting the material. I get everything fine, it's just that at my school, you really need to do so many stupid things to graduate. First of all I need either 26 or 28 credits, can't remember which because I know incoming freshmen need 28, and I'm not sure if that applies to me. I need to have a certain ammount of those credits in my core classes, and a certain ammount in my "career pathway" classes. I'm fine with my core classes, but my career pathway classes are screwed. I should have something like 2-4 credits already in those, but they arn't counting them if you took them your freshmen year. I need 10 hours of community service. I need to have a certain ammount of college visits. I need to put together a portfolio of my junior and senior years including work I'm proud of. It just seems like every day I walk into my homeroom and their adding another graduation requirement. They're really making it so you cant slip once.
Those were pretty much the same requirements I had 10 yrs ago....
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Yeah I'm with Chris on this one. Those are pretty much what I had to do in highschool. I had to do 30 credits (had to fulfill all these different sectional requirements), 40 hours of community service and a bunch of other bullshit. It's just how things are.
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Old 14 Jan 2008, 10:22 PM   #8 (permalink)
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We have 30 hours of service; 10 church, 10 school, 10 community.

We have to have 30 credits a semester.

We had to do the resume and essays last year, and put together everything in highschool

It isn't thaaat big of deal.
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VA must have low standards.

I got an advanced diploma I believe (had more credits than were required), and I didn't have to do any community service, didn't have to visit any colleges, didn't have to write any essays, or anything else.

All I had to do was pass my classes
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Yeah I'm with Chris on this one. Those are pretty much what I had to do in highschool. I had to do 30 credits (had to fulfill all these different sectional requirements), 40 hours of community service and a bunch of other bullshit. It's just how things are.
Mine is exactly the same, I guess you live in Canada (I live in Toronto Ontario).

I'm about to graduate in June planning on attending University.... sure it's a lot of work but down the road I know it will be worth it.

My advise to you, do what you want to do. One day your parents will die (no offense) and when they die, do you want to do a drummy job that they wanted you to do? Who are you going to blame your job on?

I saw do what YOU want, its YOUR life... YOU choose. (tough love).
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Yeah, I went to high school near Toronto. (Peterborough)

Sure, half the stuff seemed useless at the time but I feel like I was properly prepared when I came out of it. Which I'm going to assume is the point.

University classes are levels above the typical high school class. It's not something that you can jump into and think you'll just be able to breeze through.
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VA must have low standards.

I got an advanced diploma I believe (had more credits than were required), and I didn't have to do any community service, didn't have to visit any colleges, didn't have to write any essays, or anything else.

All I had to do was pass my classes
Me too.

I slept through high school. I didn't have to do anything but show up.
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VA must have low standards.

I got an advanced diploma I believe (had more credits than were required), and I didn't have to do any community service, didn't have to visit any colleges, didn't have to write any essays, or anything else.

All I had to do was pass my classes
Still the same. Only they've added 12 hours of community service by June. 30 or 40?..ROFL.
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Still the same. Only they've added 12 hours of community service by June. 30 or 40?..ROFL.
I'd probably be shitty about doing the 12 if I were still in school
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VA must have low standards.

I got an advanced diploma I believe (had more credits than were required), and I didn't have to do any community service, didn't have to visit any colleges, didn't have to write any essays, or anything else.

All I had to do was pass my classes
yeah thats same out here. we only need 21 credits too...
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