Skipping grades/accelerating in math

<p>Yes, try to take multivariable calc if possible; AP Stat is really REALLY easy and not worth missing multivar for.</p>

<p>Does anyone know about IB Math HL? It's said to include many different tipics from various areas of mathematics - but I think concentrated study in one area is better - rather than an intro to everything. And I wasn't very impressed with the course book later - since I already understood much of what was in it.</p>

<p>Summer classes are definitely the way to go if you don't want to self-study. If you do though, buy a book and teach yourself. It works out so much better than a year-long class. Btw, a few of you were talking about AP/IB at the same time... some schools offer both?</p>

<p>I'm in 8th grade now. In 6th grade all the sixth graders toke to Iowa Algebra Aptitute Test (close enough :)) and only the students in the top ten percentile in the country get to take High School Algebra I in 7th grade. I made it so now I'm in 10th Grade Geometry, which is the World's Most Boring Subject. I go to public school and you'll take an aptitude test for math placement. Hopefully I'll get into Algebra II, I think I'd die if I had to take Geometry over again.</p>

<p>if i were to self-study, how should i cram a year's worth of stuff into 2 months?? what has worked best for some of you? some ppl do a summer program, b/c then they can get a transcript for completing trig or something....</p>

<p>I go to a charter high school, not private, and I was able to start with Algebra II as a freshman and take geometry as a correspondance course.</p>

<p>Take A LOT of practice exams and find out your weaknesses - and build on them all. I'm cramming SAT II Chem self-study and am receiving practice test scores in the 700's, without taking a full-year chem course.</p>

<p>I'm taking Algebra II and Precalc next year. Since I already know algebra II, I'll take that course cause they make me, but they are letting me take precalc.</p>

<p>Hey this is a great article explaining the perils of having the mathematically gifted rushing through the standard curriculum. It’s still an awesome article that everyone should take to heart!</p>

<p>The Calculus Trap
by Richard Rusczyk</p>

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<p>^^ of that article, i'm not against it or anything, but regarding the social aspects of putting a 15 year old in the same math class with 19 year olds....why would that be such a problem?? i mean, i think it would be interesting to learn with kids older than you. but anyway, do you HAVE to make ALL of your friends in one math class?? i don't think so. i support ppl skipping/accelerating through math. if they can handle the concepts, they can handle the class.</p>

<p>well I took a math class at a local university and one day someone turned around and asked me where the big something party was... Wasn’t exactly a comfortable situation. It was during the summer, and by showing up daily, I was immediately one of the top students. Yeah I didn't die, yeah I'm fine, but it wasn't a great social experience. You have no common thread with them, and a few of them hate you anyway for taking the same class they are(and you’re 15).</p>

<p>Sure smart kids will HANDLE it, but intellectual maturity (especially in things like math) and social maturity are completely independent of each other. I agree its fine to do, just don't make your friends there.</p>

<p>well, it sometimes depends on what school you're taking accelerated classes at, because i went to this really good high school when i was in middle school for math, and it turned out fine. i did get to know some of the kids, but we definitely didn't have the same kind relationship that i had with my middle school friends. the high school kids weren't "out of control", so i had a pretty good time there. i don't go to that high school now, though...</p>

<p>My hs is heavily based in requirements and prerequisites. The requirement to graduate is Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. So, the only way to get up to Calculus is to be accelerated from middle school. You can either take Algebra I in 7th grade or in 8th grade and progress from there. I took Algebra I Honors in 8th grade, so by senior year I would've taken Calculus AB or BC. The 7th graders would've took their Calculus in their junior year, so if they wanted another math in their senior year, they would have to take College Linear Algebra, AP Statistics, Multi-variable Calculus, etc.</p>

<p>At our school its not uncommon to see sophomores taking Calculus one, and then so on. Almost no one takes Calc as a senior: everyone takes it as a sophomore or junior or not at all. Just a warning: I do think that this could be a bad choice because many of the students skip early on and then don't do well in Calc because they aren't ready, or are too stressed. Having Calc your junior year can be a real killer, because all the other classes are AP too. If you are planning to skip levels, make sure that you leave enough room in your schedule so that you do well in Calc, otherwise, don't take it at all.</p>

<p>theserin, yeah--my school is completely based on prerequisites which i can never keep track of, and it just drives me nuts. i don't know how to get by the system!!! this doesn't apply to ALL public hs, but the ones near my house take credits from summer programs really easily. and the summer programs i'm talking about are like from universities, not some lousy crap...</p>

Unfortunately, the school I went to (a K-9 private school) did not offer a chance to skip a math, so I had Pre-Algebra in 7th grade, Algebra 1 in 8th, and Geometry in 9th. I’m taking Algebra 2 right now at a public high school (it doesn’t offer an Algebra 2/Trig option). I enjoy math a lot and am very good at it, and I feel like I’m too advanced for the math class I’m taking currently.

I want to skip a math this summer (Pre-Calc, honors if possible) and take AP Calc AB my junior year. I was thinking about taking (Honors) Pre-Calc at my local community college or doing it through self-study. Problem is, I am also applying for COSMOS, a four-week summer program, and this may overlap with summer classes at the community college. I want to do COSMOS, but I also want to take classes that are fit for my academic level.

How should I go about this?

@The5458Captain‌ Perhaps you should open a new thread and ask your question, this one is 10 years old.

this thread is 10 freaking years old