My rising seventh grade boy just made the last of the cuts to qualify for Algebra 1. This will put him on a junior year calculus class If he doesn't take this, he will be in Math Honors 7 and will take Algebra 1 next year which would result in Calc in sr yr... He's a smart boy, quick to learn, but neither his dad or I would call him a genius.
He is very pleased with himself (ridiculously so) and promises he can handle the work and responsibility.
Our school system does have several levels of upper level classes for juniors (and even younger) who take Calculus. He won't have to go to a community college with older students or off-campus.
I'm a bit concerned about a 7th grader taking a hs class that will be on his transcripts for colleges to see come admissions time. It can be reported as a letter grade or as pass/fail, but it will definitely be reported either way.
What would be the admissions ramifications if he did the higher level track but during his junior year took no math due to a selective program and resumed math in sr. yr? His sister was a US Congressional Page which he thinks would like to apply for as well. Because there are so few Pages, the highest level of math offered at the Page School is trig/precal that preps the jrs. for BC calc as srs.
Any personal anecdotes or experiences are welcome.