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Parents of the HS Class of 2021

CCadmin_SorinCCadmin_Sorin Community Manager Posts: 2,404 Community Manager
This thread is destined for parents of potential 2021 high school grads.
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Replies to: Parents of the HS Class of 2021

  • 2Devils2Devils Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    Hello, bingewatcher!

    My D21 is interested in History, French and sometimes other subjects. She plays the violin and has been accepted into regional strings/orchestra groups. She loves kayaking. She attends a private school in VA. She is already forming a short list of schools despite our encouragement to be broader-minded.
  • EGHopefulEGHopeful Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    Wow @BingeWatcher your D21 sounds EXACTLY like mine! We just did a trip to WDW over the holidays and we spent hours at EPCOT in Japan.

    Mine is mainly interested in Math, languages and Art. We are in CA and she's applying to a local private. We will see.

    Looking forward to this journey with each of you.
  • HillCountryHillCountry Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    edited January 2017
    My D21 is pretty smart. She is good at all subjects. But as of now, she seems quite lay back.

    I would see state flagship as her match in 4.5 years.
  • HMom16HMom16 Registered User Posts: 678 Member
    edited January 2017
    My son has an easy time at our local public middle school and has applied to boarding school for the fall. He doesn't have any burning passions but is interested in history, science and math. He's also a 3 season athlete (football, wrestling and lacrosse).
  • EGHopefulEGHopeful Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    Question. Since my D21 is taking some Geometry this year the HS she's applying to said based on her test scores of course, she could take Geometry over the summer so she can take Alg 2 freshman year.

    She always tends to score in the 90's on those standardized tests AND she has gotten straight A's in math for several yrs. Its actually her strongest subject. This will allow her to take Cal BC as a Sr which is the highest math at the school. I'd prefer to to continue with year long math courses and get A's versus rushing. But I have no clue. I didn't go to a 4yr college.

    Her current MS has taken them to local colleges for field trips. Last yr it was UCB and UCD this yr. she has spent several summers at Stanford so she's commented she wants to apply to schools like that. She's in an Honors pgm so they are pushing college attendance and reaching for the stars. They even brought in a UCD college admissions counselors to speak to their class. Public HS is basically connected to the MS so since day 1 they've talked about it being a 6yr plan so preparing for college now is a must. This was from the school principle to us parents during a 7th grade parent nite. She's not totally sure of a career. Flips between medicine & technology. Her BFF wants to go to MIT so is begging daughter to apply there. (No comment) D21 has mentioned she does NOT want to leave California.

    Thoughts...
  • EGHopefulEGHopeful Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    Oh and one more comment. Math was the hardest subject during my school years and limited me from doing what I wanted to do in life. Which is why I made sure ever since pre-school that was the one subject she didn't fall behind in and made sure she mastered the fundamentals. Arithmetic... which I think was my downfall. Oh and that her reading level was at least 2yrs above where she was in math. This was a suggestion given by the head of math pgm she attended in her early years.
  • 3scoutsmom3scoutsmom Registered User Posts: 5,719 Senior Member
    edited January 2017
    I think it's much better to get ahead in math when you can. If your D21 is ok with taking geometry over the summer I'd go for it but it really needs to be her call.

    All three of mine took Pre-AP Algebra 2 in 9th grade and it worked well for them.
  • EGHopefulEGHopeful Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    Thanks so much @3scoutsmom I will ask her thoughts once we receive her scores back from the school. It's so hard having only 1 and no family members having gone thru this in the past 15+yrs. if it wasn't for this board I'd be so alone!!!
  • BingeWatcherBingeWatcher Registered User Posts: 773 Member
    my D is taking geometry in 8h grade too.
  • YnotgoYnotgo Registered User Posts: 3,935 Senior Member
    @EGHopeful My DS17, who is more relevant to your situation, took geometry in 8th and Alg II/Trig in 9th. If the high school says that taking geometry over the summer would benefit her, it's probably a good idea unless there is something she'd really rather do during summer. What does she say? She will need to buy in, because there will be plenty of homework.

    If engineering is a possibility for her, having Calc BC in 12th grade is useful. For kids who are good at math, a sequence that includes Calc AB and Calc BC as separate years is not especially difficult. At many schools, Calc BC is a single-year class without taking Calc AB first.

    I always have to remember that my kids are not me. So, what were my weakest and strongest subjects in school are not necessarily going to be the same for my kids, and my two kids are very different from each other.

    DS21 also says he does not want to leave California. A lot can change in 4 years. For DS21, that's coming from how transgender people are being treated elsewhere. But, there are other states that are progressive in that area. There are a lot of great colleges in California! Your DS could talk her BFF into applying to Caltech and Harvey Mudd.

    You are right that fundamentals in math are important. Because of the way kids learn to read and the way books are scored for reading level, it is fairly common for a kid to have a much higher reading level than math level. It tops out, though, because 12th grade "reading level" is basically limited to books in Old English and some science journals. Most writing in newspapers, books, etc. is about 8th grade level.

    My DS21 is taking a compacted set of Math 7, 8, and Common Core Math I during 7th and 8th. So, for him 9th will be Math II, which I think has geometry mixed with some other topics. I don't really like the new math sequence, but it's what is available to us, and it is possibly better for DS21 than it would have been for DS17.
  • EGHopefulEGHopeful Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    edited January 2017
    @Ynotgo thanks for the insight. Yes my DD took the common core compacted 7/8 last yr and now is in Math I. The HS she may attend next yr still does the traditional Alg 1 Geom Alg 2... sequence. They offered for the first time Math II for those coming from public school but they are allowing her the option since she took an online Algebra 1 class in 7th grade.
  • EGHopefulEGHopeful Registered User Posts: 62 Junior Member
    Well we went to see Hidden Figures yesterday and my D21 loved it so much shes now considering engineering or some sort of combo with Medicine & Technology. She told her BFF about the movie as soon as she got home and boy is BFF happy since this "may" persuade D21 to apply to MIT. I reminded her she's in the 8th grade so keep an open mind. Heck, she used to want to be a Cow Girl, then a "Money Manager" next a Vet... soooo yeah. Pediatrician has stuck for the last 3yrs only because her Dr said she could Shadow her once she get into HS and of age. So she's just excited about that. We will see!
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