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How High School Students Can Graduate Early and Get Started on College Sooner

How High School Students Can Graduate Early and Get Started on College Sooner
Posted By: Anica Oaks on August 13, 2020

Going to college is a dream for many individuals, and some folks are quite eager to start taking classes at a university. In fact, you or your children might want to finish high school early so that you can get started with college quite soon. In order to accomplish this goal, you'll need a specific plan.

Speak with Guidance Counselors Early


Finishing high school in a truncated period of time is about much more than simply earning exemplary grades in all of your courses. You also need to take the correct courses to qualify for the correct degree to graduate high school in your state. Articulating your plans early to your guidance counselor is crucial; the two of you must work out a plan that will allow you to take the necessary credits in a shorter period of time.

Enroll in Summer School


Many people associate summer school with students who have fallen behind. However, your district may offer you the chance to get ahead in summer school. In other words, find out if you can take courses for the next school year during the summer. For example, if you need to take chemistry in the upcoming school year, research and ask questions to see if you could take it over the summer instead.



Then, during the next school year, you could potentially take the science that comes after chemistry.

Take College Classes


Chances are that your high school offers some opportunities to earn college credit. You may also have the possibility to actually take the classes at a nearby college. As a result, you are starting college, at least in some way, while you are still in high school. Perhaps you will choose an online high school so that you can easily commute to the college where you're taking classes.

Prioritize School Work


Once you get started on this path, you might want to race through the process to get to college. Keep in mind that college is difficult. Many students are surprised by the demands placed on them once they enter into a university. Even though you're moving at an advanced pace, you still need to absorb the lessons taught in your classes and place a focus on learning how to be an even more stellar student. If you want to have continued success, you'll need these tools once you do enter college.

As soon as you realize that you want to get started on college early, you need to meet with the appropriate professionals at your school to discuss plans and resources. Then, you can learn even more specifically what you must do individually to make this dream come true.
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