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Early college at 14

beccih72beccih72 3 replies1 threads New Member
My daughter is adamantly interested in attending an early college entry program starting her freshman year of High school. Has anyone had a child do this that can give me perspective?
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  • BuckeyeMWDSGBuckeyeMWDSG 1028 replies11 threads Senior Member
    A residential program or a dual enrollment while still attending high school?
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  • beccih72beccih72 3 replies1 threads New Member
    Ahh Sorry, a residential program. She would be about an hour from home
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  • thumper1thumper1 78056 replies3502 threads Senior Member
    Have you visited this early college? The ones I know about have a very distinct “personality” that is quite unique. Some kids fit into it and others don’t.

    The one I’m most familiar with is Simons Rock. There are plenty of very young students there.
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  • beccih72beccih72 3 replies1 threads New Member
    This is the Program for Exceptionally Gifted at Mary Baldwin University. So this is not the same as an early college program...
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  • Bromfield2Bromfield2 3870 replies38 threads Senior Member
    That's about the same age that kids go to off to boarding school. Do you think your D will be able to handle being on her own?
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  • thumper1thumper1 78056 replies3502 threads Senior Member
    edited February 23
    @beccih72

    The title to your thread...and the first post indicate an “early college program”.

    Is this program at Mary Baldwin a college program, or is it like a boarding school fo gifted HS kids.
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  • beccih72beccih72 3 replies1 threads New Member
    Bromfield2 - Yes, I do feel that she has the maturity to handle it. I also understand that the school itself does a few counseling sessions as a part of their application so as to try to see for themselves if the student will be successful

    I apologize. To be honest, I did not realize there was such a thing as "early college program" until I started this thread. Is there a way I can change the title of the thread?
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  • thumper1thumper1 78056 replies3502 threads Senior Member
    @beccih72

    This IS an early college program. I can’t take credit for this link...it was forwarded to me by someone else. But clearly, this program at Mary Baldwin is an early college program...awarding college credit and degree...for gifted girls.

    https://marybaldwin.edu/peg/

    I agree with above posters...you need to check it out, and really feel comfortable that it is the right thing for your daughter.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 82850 replies738 threads Senior Member
    Is she academically too advanced in too many areas for regular high school (with the usual advanced offerings) to be worthwhile?
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  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU 14483 replies104 threads Forum Champion
    Another well known early college program is https://simons-rock.edu/
    But that is for 11-12 graders who generally have exhausted the courses at their HS.
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  • menloparkmommenloparkmom 12694 replies551 threads Senior Member
    do a search for Mary Baldwin" on CC. I seem to remember a lot of different opinions from Parents whose gifted daughters attended that school- some very positive, others not positive at all.
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  • BuckeyeMWDSGBuckeyeMWDSG 1028 replies11 threads Senior Member
    Virginia has dual enrollment programs. Dual enrollment allows students to maintain their incoming freshman status while earning college credit which can be important for keeping options open.

    Can she attend this program as a dual enrolled student or will she have to give up her incoming freshman status to participate in the program at Mary Baldwin University?

    I think that is an important question to get answered because the financial aid information mentions the ability to use the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant and federal student aid programs. That implies she would be giving up her incoming freshman status. If that's the case then she really is choosing a college as opposed to an enriched high school experience that allows her to earn college credits.

    If she has to give up her incoming freshman status to attend then there are lots of additional questions. How many colleges has she considered, does this one have the major she plans to pursue or enough options if she is undecided that she won't need to transfer to complete her bachelors, are you financially ready without the four hs years you were probably planning on having and if she were 18, would this school still be her top choice? Or is this the only one she has considered because it's the only one she's heard of?

    Here are a few early start programs to consider, though there are lots of colleges that accept students early. https://cty.jhu.edu/resources/academic-opportunities/college-entrance/
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  • happymomof1happymomof1 30601 replies194 threads Senior Member
    You and your daughter should visit Mary Baldwin, have the tour, sit in on some classes, chat with students currently in the programs, maybe have an overnight in the dorm where she would be living. Ask the students she meets with if it's OK for you to speak with their parents to learn more about that side of the experience. For some families it definitely is a good choice.

    Happykid and I drove past the Mary Baldwin campus on a get-off-I-81-before-the-road-rage-hits-us detour last winter. What a pretty place! We were ready to go for a tour there ourselves. :)
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  • thumper1thumper1 78056 replies3502 threads Senior Member
    When I read the info on the link 8 posted above, it sounded to me like this is college...not high school. These gifted students are earning college credits toward a degree from Mary Baldwin. It does sound like they have separate and supervised lodging from the rest of the campus. I was not clear whether or not the classes were for just this group, or regular Mary Baldwin classes.

    The program has tours, and its own info sessions. Attend those.

    I guess my question is....why are you considering this option? The academic part of the program sounds fine to me...but I would want to make sure the social part works too. Your child won’t be doing any of the high school activities her friends are doing...because she will be in college. That could be a perfect match...or it might not be.
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  • veroniteveronite 12 replies0 threads New Member
    A thread from a couple of years ago
    https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/parents-forum/1994568-mary-baldwin-program-for-the-exceptionally-gifted-peg.html
    discusses the Mary Baldwin PEG program, including a couple of posts from parents whose daughters had been in the program.
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  • twinsmamatwinsmama 1691 replies55 threads Senior Member
    You might want to look into certain boarding high schools. They are obviously age-appropriate socially, and the larger among them are fairly college-like and probably enroll a fair number of students whose academic gifts are similar to your daughter's.
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  • jonrijonri 7366 replies135 threads Senior Member
    I've never understood the compulsion to have kids raise through school and graduate from college. Maybe it's because I live in NYC & there are a lot of educational programs for gifted kids.

    Why does your D want to skip high school? Is it for social reasons? IME, that's often the reason and IMO it isn't a good one.( And for what it's worth, I DETESTED 10th-12th grades.)

    I too think your D should check out boarding school options. If she gets straight As (or whatever the highest grade is) at a top boarding school for at least one full year, then think about college.



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  • gardenstategalgardenstategal 6589 replies10 threads Senior Member
    I would visit. For some kids, this will surround them with their peers and that is a happier alternative to being an outcast in high school or homeschooling.

    If you just want more advanced content, boarding school could be a great option.

    I would look at outcomes here. Is this college level classes to get a high school degree (interesting option for some) or is it a college degree awarded to an 18 year old (which has a different set of challenges.)
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  • thumper1thumper1 78056 replies3502 threads Senior Member
    @gardenstategal

    I read the online info. This is a college degree granting program for gifted high school women. These students will be earning a college degree.

    This is such a personal and individual decision. It may be just the right thing for this student...or it might not be.

    The biggest question I would have is...what happens if the student decides not to continue with the program? Will these college courses fulfill HS graduation requirements elsewhere? That would be a delicate question...for sure. Perhaps they address this in their info sessions!

    Boarding school will add costs to this kid’s education. This early college program won’t.

    Another question...I know you cant Predict the future...but what is the anticipated end goal for this student with a bachelors degree at age 18?
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