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Old 12-12-13, 06:28 PM   #1
 
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Currently I am a sophomore and I will have 15.5 credits by the end of the year. My school requires a total of 24 credits to graduate and I plan to load up next year and take what I can't fit into my schedule in school independently online, (or online over the summer if it's offered). My school doesn't offer any honors or AP classes so I have had to take all of my math classes online and a couple of other classes that I've wanted to take honors in. Next year I'll be taking the last set of honors classes that is offered through the virtual high school that my school is partnered with so I will have maxed out my educational opportunities at my school. Once I complete this year all i will need is 2 english credits, 2 history credits, 1 science credit, 1 elective credit, 1.5 P.E. credits and 1 senior project credit. 5 classes is the average course load at my school but we have 6 periods. Last year I filled up my course load to the max (6 classes in school) and then I took an additional independent study which totaled 7.5 credits. This year I did the same thing and will be receiving 7.5 credits. I currently have a 4.0 GPA and I got a 154 on my PSAT's and I got a projected SAT score between 1600 and 1750. That's not bad; plus my dream school requires a 1600 SAT score. I'm totally willing to make the push to take those extra classes so that I can graduate a year early; what are the down sides to graduating early? Do you think it's worth it? Will I still be eligible for scholarships and financial help if I'm a year younger than most applicants? What do you think I should do?
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Just take it slow and do what you feel is good for yourself. Your age shouldn't make anything effected financial-wise.








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Yes, you are eligible for financial aid and scholarships even if you are younger than most applicants.
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Hell yes! That's freaking awesome!!!! The faster you get out of school the better imo.

There's not need to stay in any longer than necessary. As long as you don't feel that you need to stay for any reason (Social or whatever).

Good luck. Make sure to take the ACT as well if you get the chance (personally thought it was easier of the two.)
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...American school sounds so difficult with all those scores and numbers.

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Good luck. Make sure to take the ACT as well if you get the chance (personally thought it was easier of the two.)[/QUOTE]

Will they let me take ACT's and or SAT's a sophomore? If so will I be able to apply to college next year if next year is going to be considered my Senior year?
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You should be able to take it this year. ACT.org and the like Collegeboard.org are the two sites that you'll need to go to. You'll definitely be able to take and next year and apply on top of that because scores don't take too long to get back.








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You should be able to take it this year. ACT.org and the like Collegeboard.org are the two sites that you'll need to go to. You'll definitely be able to take and next year and apply on top of that because scores don't take too long to get back.
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Just a warning though, don't get caught into the same situation as I am. I graduated early, but the decision was made last December after a lot of scholarship stuff had passed, and I hadn't taken my ACT, so I couldn't apply for schools for the upcoming. By the time that his fall semester has arrived, a lot of schools wouldn't me for scholarships because I'm no longer a high school student, despite only being 16 and have gotten my associate's degree. If you graduate early, make sure that you have that year to apply for scholarships that are only applicable to highschoolers, because once you graduate, you get lumped in with non-traditional students and lose scholarship opportunities. I'm speaking from having it happened to me. I'd also take a year to beef up your application with volunteer work, extra cirricular stuff, sports, your own hobbies, etc. Being a good student isn't good enough for most schools.

So if you're going to graduate early, make sure you know what year so you can spend that year competing in scholarships, etc. you don't want to make the last minute call and then get stuck on the outside, and once you graduate, you can't undergraduate. You'd think most schools would make an exception because you're such a good student and you're young, but most of them are so by-the-book it's rediculous, and they won't make an exception because it's "unfair".

At least that's how it's been to the school I've applied to, and I live in Michigan and have applied to schools in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky. Only one made the exception for me, despite having graduated two years early, I wasn't in school and that was the rules, that only highschoolers could compete.

Basically, if you're considering graduating this year in 2014, don't do it because most scholarship consideration deadlines have passed. You might have a dream school, but you should apply to as many schools and for as many scholarships as you can.

But if you're looking at graduating in 2015, just make sure you take your SAT *this year* so that you can have them for next fall when you apply for schools.

Just be very, very careful that you don't get caught out, because it really sucks to see opportunities denied to you on the bullshit premise that you're not longer in highschool despite graduating 1-2 years early.

It also might be wise to take the ACT too.




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Just a warning though, don't get caught into the same situation as I am. I graduated early, but the decision was made last December after a lot of scholarship stuff had passed, and I hadn't taken my ACT, so I couldn't apply for schools for the upcoming. By the time that his fall semester has arrived, a lot of schools wouldn't me for scholarships because I'm no longer a high school student, despite only being 16 and have gotten my associate's degree. If you graduate early, make sure that you have that year to apply for scholarships that are only applicable to highschoolers, because once you graduate, you get lumped in with non-traditional students and lose scholarship opportunities. I'm speaking from having it happened to me. I'd also take a year to beef up your application with volunteer work, extra cirricular stuff, sports, your own hobbies, etc. Being a good student isn't good enough for most schools.

So if you're going to graduate early, make sure you know what year so you can spend that year competing in scholarships, etc. you don't want to make the last minute call and then get stuck on the outside, and once you graduate, you can't undergraduate. You'd think most schools would make an exception because you're such a good student and you're young, but most of them are so by-the-book it's rediculous, and they won't make an exception because it's "unfair".

At least that's how it's been to the school I've applied to, and I live in Michigan and have applied to schools in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky. Only one made the exception for me, despite having graduated two years early, I wasn't in school and that was the rules, that only highschoolers could compete.

Basically, if you're considering graduating this year in 2014, don't do it because most scholarship consideration deadlines have passed. You might have a dream school, but you should apply to as many schools and for as many scholarships as you can.

But if you're looking at graduating in 2015, just make sure you take your SAT *this year* so that you can have them for next fall when you apply for schools.

Just be very, very careful that you don't get caught out, because it really sucks to see opportunities denied to you on the bullshit premise that you're not longer in highschool despite graduating 1-2 years early.

It also might be wise to take the ACT too.
I've considered the whole scholarship consideration thing and that's why I'm going to take the SAT's and probably the ACT's this year, as a sophomore so that I can apply to college next year as if next year were to be my Senior year. (Because it basically will be) I'm planning on graduating in 2015 instead of 2016 with the rest of the class I've been with. As far as scholarships go, do you know if colleges would consider me for scholarships next year? (That's if I take the extra classes over the summer, then I'd technically be a senior next year.) As for extracurriculars and community service I've done Soccer and softball since 6th grade including last year, and this year I did XC and I'm going to play softball in the spring. I spent an hour and a half every day for a month last year helping out at the local nursing home because I finished my online classes a month before school got out. Also I serve community dinners monthly. I've also attended various intro to health career seminars and camps for high schoolers. Do you think colleges would consider giving me a scholarship for being an all around student with good grades just being a bonus? If not, what recommendations do you have for me to "beef up" my resume. Thank you so much for the heads up, I'm very sorry to hear that that happened to you.
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