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Early Graduation for High School Junior?

Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone CC Admissions Expert Posts: 3,924 Senior Member
edited March 2013 in Ask The Dean Topics
Question: Since the beginning of my junior year, I have constantly been seeking attention from my counselor about graduating early. She has told me very little information and even when I ask her what to do, she tells me it’s practically impossible. Well I want to achieve the impossible. It’s now MARCH and I still [...]

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Replies to: Early Graduation for High School Junior?

  • mathmomvtmathmomvt Registered User Posts: 4,491 Senior Member
    I wonder if this student might be interested in an early college program that does not require graduation from high school. I am pretty sure that both the Clarkson School and Simon's Rock are still accepting applications. It may be worth a look for someone who seems to want OUT of high school NOW!
  • sseamomsseamom Registered User Posts: 4,898 Senior Member
    A student from D's HS went to Simon's Rock as a dual enrollment/early college student a year ago. She came back last spring to graduate with her HS class and is now at a traditional college in a pre-med program. It was the perfect choice for her. The difference between her and the student in the OP is that our school pulled out all the stops to HELP her, not ignore her. This is something my own D is considering a few years down the road so I'm keeping abreast of the options.
  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone CC Admissions Expert Posts: 3,924 Senior Member
    These early colleges are good suggestions for some students but with one big caveat. If a student who attends an "early college" still expects to receive a high school diploma (as did the girl mentioned by sseamom), I'm pretty sure that the student is not eligible for Federal financial aid. Anyone in this situation should check that out carefully, especially because the Simon's Rock merit-aid deadline has passed (not sure about Clarkson's). An early college student who is not using the credits toward a high school diploma IS eligible for Federal aid (if, of course, the EFC allows).
  • mathmomvtmathmomvt Registered User Posts: 4,491 Senior Member
    Clarkson has a page talking about that in detail. I think most students either don't bother with getting their high school diploma, or get a GED. But really, once you are in college, the need for a HS diploma is negligible.
  • sseamomsseamom Registered User Posts: 4,898 Senior Member
    I am not close enough to the family to ask, but the student I mentioned is not from a family that could afford much on their own. So this girl, is getting aid at her new college in some form. We'll certainly check this out as we are not low-income but will still merit aid and the like.
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