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Graduating high school in 3 years

imscared6imscared6 Posts: 123Registered User Junior Member
edited August 2012 in High School Life
Ok, I want to graduate High School in 3 Years, I just entered Junior year. I have a few questions.

What do colleges (Such as MIT, Caltech, UC Berkeley, University of Illinois) think of early grads?
Is this a good schedule for early grad?
Is it a good idea to graduate early?
Should I do Senior Year? I've reached the end of all the course paths, it would mainly be for electives, clubs, and the social things (prom, etc)

These are the Requirements to graduate in my state:
6 Math Credits (3 Years)
8 English Credits (4 Years)
6 History Credits (3 Years)
6 Science Credits (3 Years)
6 Credits of World Language (3 Years)
1 Fine Art Credit
2 P.E Credits (2 Years)
1 Health Credit (1 Year)
6 Elective Credits
5 Directed Elective Credits (World Language counts in this, but you need 6 credits of World Language)

What I have done:

Before Freshman Year:
Summer P.E (1 Credit)
Honors Biology (2 Science Credits)
2 World Language Credits

Freshman Year:
AP World History (2 History Credits)
Honors Pre-Calculus (2 Math Credits)
Honors Chemistry (2 Science Credits)
Honors English, 9 (2 English Credits)
Journalism Newspaper (2 Elective Credits)
Spanish II (2 Directed Elective and 2 World Language credits)
Introduction to Engineering Design (2 Directed Elective Credits, also look up "Project Lead the Way")

Summer Before Sophomore Year:
Summer P.E (1 Credit)
350 Volunteer Hours
Spanish III (Community College, counts as 2 World Language Credits)

Sophomore Year:
AP European History (2 History Credits)
AP Calc BC (2 Math Credits)
AP Physics B (2 Science Credits)
Honors English, 10 (2 English Credits)
HiLite Staff * (2 Elective Credits, I am an Editor on this staff, that is hard to become)
Photography (1 Fine Art Credit)
Principles of Engineering (2 Directed Elective Credit, Project Lead the Way)

Summer Before Junior Year:
Honors English 11 (2 English Credits)
200 Work Hours
300 Volunteer Hours

Junior Year:
AP US History (2 History Credits)
AP Multivariable Calculus (2 Math Credits)
AP Physics C (2 Science Credits)
Honors English 12 (2 English Credits)
HiLite Staff (2 Elective Credits, Still an Editor, but higher ranked)
Health (1 Health Credit)
Digital Electronics (2 Directed Elective Credit, Project Lead the Way)

Other:
2300 on SAT
35 ACT
School Senate in Sophomore Year and Junior Year
Nation Honors Society
Key Club
Model UN
TechHounds (Robotics Competition, we have done very well in past years)
Physics Olympiad
Science Olympiad
Academic Super Bowl



* HiLite is my School's newspaper, which is one of the US's most reputed high school newspapers
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Replies to: Graduating high school in 3 years

  • TeaspoonsTeaspoons Posts: 465Registered User Member
    Um , I don't really know about this stuff, but I have the same option as you do. I'm a sophomore, but I already have all my math credits and will have my science and social studies ones by the end of junior year. But... I think I'm going to opt out of graduating early. One reason is that I have this goal of becoming valedictorian , and even though it's pretty difficult to achieve and I don't know how mic of a chance I'll stand, if I graduate a year early this goal will be impossible. Mostly because I need all four years to fit in enough APs and to counterbalance all the required standard classes I had to take. Another reason is because most prestigious clubs at my school are only available junior and senior year, and underclass men are super unlikely to get leadership positions in clubs. All these things affect my college app into college.

    Also think about graduating with all your friends, having a fun time senior year, getting in what you can before you have to seriously focus in college (especially at schools like MIT)
  • 1Rachel941Rachel94 Posts: 2,116Registered User Senior Member
    I considered doing it too. (I could've graduated sophomore year.) I was told by admissions officers that it's not a good idea.
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