I go to a REALLY bad high school, what should I do?

<p>My whole district is full of extremely poor high schools. I mean the whole shebang: failing AYP, teachers who don't care, peers who act out, and hideously low test scores. I will not blame any of my own failures simply on my school alone. However, I feel as though I am not performing at my very best, even with studying on my own. </p>

<p>Should I apply to a charter or private school? Or would even home schooling be better? If not, should I just suck it up and devote my own personal time to trying harder? My final option is joint enrollment; but I'm really unsure about that because I doubt the college credits will be accepted at my top college choices.</p>

<p>Which city do you live? Check out magnet school, open enrollment option.</p>

<p>@Tarantula75 I really hope you don’t mind, but I’d prefer not to disclose that publicly. I can tell you that I live in a really bad city in GA. There are a few magnet schools for fine arts near me. However, they are just as academically as bad as my current school. </p>



<p>How much would this cost you? </p>

<p>I personally went to a crappy public school in a crappy ghetto community.
Applying to a private school was perhaps one of my better decisions in life- or my parents’.
If you have the funds for it, or the ability necessary to get financial aid, definitely go for it. You won’t regret it, despite the difficulty inflation and grade deflation, it will ultimately be a better road than sticking with a bad high school.</p>

<p>To be honest, I’ve been around the private school scene. I found it boring and really not too much different from public besides better teachers. And they aren’t all that great. </p>

<p>I say if you have the motivation and the ability to switch to home schooling/online schooling then take dual enrollment at your local community college. This way you have control of your destiny, you can get into some of the top universities, and have the experience of a magnet program. </p>

<p>@halcyonheather I believe I could get some financial aid; however, if not, boarding and tuition would cost a few thousand dollars. :confused: So I suppose that may possibly be a problem…</p>

<p>Most dual-enrollment students don’t get room/board (and often aren’t allowed to anyway). Could you commute? How much is tuition? Is there any kind of discount/fee waiver thing for high school students taking college classes in your state (in some states it’s free)?</p>

<p>Talk to your GC about dual enrollment. Many school districts have arrangements. But don’t rush into it if you are struggling now. </p>

<p>Do super well. Be the top of the top. Look for any enrichment opportunities you can. My brother graduated from a a highschool where more students ended up in jail in the next 4 years than college. He got into one of the top colleges in the country from there. Straight A’s those years --he moved there from an out of state high school, and he was considered Superman academically and with his other talents. In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king. And he sure proved that. Some of his peers from his old school were enraged when he got his college accepatances. They were all in a high paced, competitive atmosphere. He got the best recs and all the teachers pulling for him to get into a top school as he was the only one so applying.</p>