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Community College Admissions

WelundWelund Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
edited March 2005 in College Admissions
I'm 16 and junior Californian in high school wondering if I could just 'GED out' of high school, and just start going to community college.

I've got some amount of money ($10,000), and I'm not a complete dolt, but my GPA is around . . . 2

So I'm askin' - one, is it possible in this state to attend community college with a high school equivalent (in doubt, as I checked some California government site which said even having passed a GED, one must continue to attend high school, that GEDs don't count until within six months of when one would have passed highschool anyhow) - two, is it a good idea?

Thanks.
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Replies to: Community College Admissions

  • golubb_ugolubb_u Registered User Posts: 371 Member
    What's the rush in getting out of high school? Just get through senior year and you're guaranteed a spot in CC...with a 3.5 GPA at the CC, you can transfer into almost any UC school nearby and end up with a pretty good degree. Getting a GED is not a good idea if you can get a proper diploma.
  • kfc4ukfc4u Registered User Posts: 3,415 Senior Member
    i believe it is possible to attend community college if you graduate early from high school with all the minimum required courses. i know some people who left high school at around age 16.

    it's only a good idea if you hate high school life and want to start college already, but you'll be missing out on some fun times. its up to each person... also depends on how mature you are.

    another alternative is taking community college classes while you are still in high school. take a light high school load (or compacted... like just the necessities, english, us history, etc.) and then go night-school or afternoon class at CC. that way, you'll still graduate from high school but earn college credits at the same time. by the time u really go to community college, you'll already have a lot of units under your belt and that will ultimately serve the same purpose that i think you're looking for - to save time.
  • WelundWelund Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    Why is getting a GED not a good idea?

    And, um, whether it was possible, or how it works, was not answered.

    I really hate high school and I wouldn't be missing out on anything.

    I also would like to know what would one need to a regular college with a GED.

    I mean, whether it's a good idea or not, I'd still like the information just to know.
  • j3ffj3ff Registered User Posts: 359 Member
    well my school has this "middle college" program. i know some people in it. they're still enrolled as seniors at my school, but they take all their classes at a community college. So the classes they take count for credit twice. They count toward their high school graduation and it's still transferable college credit.

    i know someone else that took his GED and is gonna go to a community college.
  • WelundWelund Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    well my school has this "middle college" program. i know some people in it. they're still enrolled as seniors at my school, but they take all their classes at a community college. So the classes they take count for credit twice. They count toward their high school graduation and it's still transferable college credit.
    We might have something like that. I should have a talk with my counselor.
    i know someone else that took his GED and is gonna go to a community college.
    In what grade was he?
  • j3ffj3ff Registered User Posts: 359 Member
    umm i think 11 or 12 when he took it... but like he got expelled and had to go some program my district has for expelled kids. it was like adult education or something.
  • WelundWelund Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    Expelled from what? CC or HS? What did he do wrong?
  • j3ffj3ff Registered User Posts: 359 Member
    from high school... lol he asked the principal something like "would i get expelled if i beat up a principal on the weekend"
  • fuzzypenguins12fuzzypenguins12 Registered User Posts: 82 Junior Member
    It is possible to GED out of high school. My sister went to LACC at the age of 14 because she had been home schooled her whole life and didn't feel like entering the regular school program. She transfered out of LACC with a 4.0 GPA to Whitworth University in Washington. To do this, I should mention, she had to get several signatures from high school administrators, which would have been more difficult for her had my older brother not been on good terms with one. Additionally, if you plan to transfer out into an Ivy school, don't go to a CC. She had a 1500+ SAT score and 4.0 (as I said) GPA, and was rejected from several of the best schools in the nation. In any case, you don't need a highschool diploma to go to a relatively good university, so you can just GED out of it. You'll need parental consent, too, of course.

    Meanwhile, I have to go. Talk to your college counselor or a representative from from whatever CC you plan to attend if you want to know the exact details of the process. Hope I've been helpful and made you hopeful. I hate high school, too.
  • LindsayluLindsaylu Registered User Posts: 248 Junior Member
    My sister dropped out at 16, got her GED, then went to local cc and did a guaranteed transfer program to UCSC. (Cali ccs have these guaranteed programs with (all?) the UCs if you meet course and GPA requirements).

    But you need to realize that GEDs look like **** on your resume compared to a diploma. It's not worth it unless you REALLY want to get out of HS and cant graduate early
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