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By Christina Tynan-Wood
Early college high schools require — more than any other single thing — motivation from students. If your child doesn’t have it, it’s probably not the right choice.
Early college high schools are focused on providing a guided track for students who are motivated to go to college or get on with their career, but who do not have the resources at home to help them do that. The gifted and bored student, with parents who went to college, should look at taking honors and AP classes, doing dual enrollment with a local college or university, applying for college early (perhaps to one of the colleges set up for early enrollment or at a college nearby) if their parents are willing to pay the tuition and provide transportation.
Think twice before urging your child to attend an early college high school if he's not completely on board. He'll have to be prepared for a lot of hard work — and to forgo high school sports and social activities. If he's ambivalent, he may not have the motivation to succeed. If he's sure he wants to attend an early college high school, get an early start: he'll likely have to apply while still in middle school. Many early college high schools do not accept transfers after freshman year. Finally, be sure to visit the early college high school your student is considering. Each school is different and reflects the college or university with which it partners.
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