4 Ways to Work with a High School that Doesn't Offer A Lot
Usually when you want something better you go out and find it. Don't like what your cell phone service has to offer perhaps you can jump plans and go somewhere else. Or if you want to upgrade your beautician (or barber), because you are tired of being held hostage all day long, than you scope out the heads of others and quiz them with 'Who does your hair? But, if you have to wait till your time is up on your cell phone plan or finding a new beautician is taking a little longer than you thought, inevitably you have to work with what you got. When it comes to schools I learned as early as preschool that schools may or may not offer all that you wish. It used to be that you would have to take whatever school is being offered in your neighborhood. Nowadays there are the options of school choice, magnets and charter schools. But, what if school choice or magnets aren't an option. Or worse what if the school my child attends is great but, they don't offer anything academically to add to my child's portfolio? A particularly worthy challenge, especially if you have a high schooler. Extracurricular activities are great and there's no question that as it stands ACT and SAT scores are what college and universities are looking for. But in between the two it's good to have weighted classes, like AP classes. But what if your school doesn’t offer any? No worries, where there is a will, there is a way!
What to do?
- Find out if area community colleges offer courses of college credit. Your teen can take courses in the evening/online there. Check first to make sure their colleges of choice will accept the credit hours.
- Find the most rigorous classes possible at your teen’s school. If your teen’s high school doesn’t have AP, perhaps they have something very close.
- Take college courses during the summer.
- Make sure your teen's college of choice knows the deal. Make it clear in their application that AP classes were not available, but that your teen took what was darn near close.
Here’s to Closing the Achievement Gap!