It is the time of year when homeschooled high school students are making plans for next year’s academic schedule. As they get into upper level classes there is the temptation, whether for logistical convenience or financial savings, to take all their classes at the local community college. Some kids get so involved on campus that they function basically as a regular college student and participate in campus politics, clubs and events. They are, in essence, living the college experience at a younger age.
The advantage in this situation is that a student can keep progressing in post-AP classes, continuing on, for example, in increasingly complex math that is not available at the high school level. If they stay in the right system, most classes will transfer to a state college thereby shortening their college stay and reducing the overall cost of a university education. This can be a fabulous plan for many kids. However, there are some downsides to this arrangement.
If your student is interested in highly selective colleges, they might be better served by a merry mix up of classes. Selective schools don’t appear to be interested in a freshman class filled with kids who have already done college. The students who seem to fare the best in selective college admissions have cherry-picked the very best classes available to meet their goals. They have a healthy mix of online AP classes, community college classes, tutors, mentors, and self-study. They aren’t afraid to break the mold in pursuit of a great education.
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