StephanieZ Posted August 22, 2016 Share Posted August 22, 2016 I'd like to hear from anyone who has graduated a child early due to acceleration/gifted issues. All my kids are super smart/gifted/accelerated. My first two have thrived with a standard-age graduation. We used APs, CLEP, etc, to give them a head start on college level work, no problems. My youngest is in 8th grade this year. She's also super smart, but she also, for good or bad, benefits from being Kid#3. For all subjects, she has a teacher (me) who has BTDT with two similar smarties already, so I don't waste time with poor-fit curricula and typically I teach with the same materials I've used before, so I better anticipate needs, streamline teaching, etc. I'm just a better teacher having done it at least once before, and she learns just as well, but typically faster/better since I anticipate things better, etc. So, anyway, this is technically her 8th grade year. She's an October birthday, so on the older side for her grade. She's working at an advanced high school level and has been for over a year. She self-taught Spectrum (high school level) chemistry last year and has been self-teaching Art of Problem Solving math for a couple years already. When I say self-teach, I mean that I might have spent 10 hours in total last year checking (100% on everything is easy to check) her chem and her algebra. I don't think I spent more than an hour all last year teaching her anything. She just reads the book, nails the assignments, and carries on. So, now, here we are in 8th grade. We've got a nice selection of work for her this year, all great stuff. MCT for English, MCT for lit, SonLight (easy, but we have it, and it's solid and fine) for US History, PA Homeschoolers for AP Environmental Science, AoPS Geometry (self-teaching with the text, as usual, she doesn't need the classes), and the last in the Galore Park Spanish series (equivalent of Spanish 3 or 4). I'm starting to wonder if for this particular kid, we aren't going to want to go ahead and graduate her a year or more early . . . The last thing I want is to be an empty nester a year early, but I do want to consider what is in HER best interest educationally. We have 2 universities in easy commuting distance. I think we could do "dual enrollment" there while still calling her a homeschool highschooler. If we do that, chance are she'll have a couple years of college credits by the time she graduates from high school. This is probably my current default plan. Alternatively, I could accelerate her a year, and she'd still graduate with many courses of AP/etc credit since by next year, since she's started AP this year and likely will continue with that to a large degree. Pros/Cons? BTDT advice? I really have never given this serious thought before, and I'm looking for ideas to consider. FWIW, it will NOT be a good idea for her to wait until after 9th grade to decide to accelerate (so, about 24-30 more months). The reason for this is that she will nearly positively be a national merit scholar, and the critical test for that is given fall of 11th grade. NM scholarships are HUGE here in our house (as in >100k in scholarship money per kid), so I will need to plan for that, and the most sure thing is that we need to know when it is her 11th grade year to declare that so her PSAT that year is her official NM PSAT . . . So, anyway, I need to decide for sure in the next 18 months, by mid-10th grade for sure. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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