Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Alex At Open House At The Mountain College



Song:  A Song Of Simplicity

Artist:  Elijah Bossenbroek




We arrived at the mountain college for their open house and question and answer session.

There was a special session for High School children wishing to enter their 
Combination High School/College for dual credit
(it is very small - limited to a total of 250 students - 10th - 12th grade...
and it is located on the campus of the College).

They are only accepting 10th through 12th graders...
however, 9th graders may apply for the following year.

Although Alex is only in 8th grade now...
and we can not sign him up until next year...
we wanted to find out more about the program so we may 
know more thoroughly what they expect of their applicants.


It was but a short walk from the main parking lot...
to the main auditorium for the session.




The session was held in the Student Union Building.


There were several hundred people there, from all over the county...
and all of them looking to get their children into the program.

Next year, Alex will be competing with some of the best and brightest
students in the county for only one of 50 spots.

By the time a child is out of their "High School"...
they will have already earned either an A.A or an A.S. College degree (free).

The degree is fully transferable to any State University in the country.

Instead of regular High School classes...
the children will instead attend the regular college classes with the college students...
and get dual credit for both...High School and College.


The applicants must go through the regular College Entrance exams...
and they must submit a detailed essay with their application.

They must have a certain level GPA...
and there is also an interview process...
first without...and then with, the parents present.

 There are only 250 total students in this program...
of which 100 are Seniors...
100 are Juniors...
and only 50 will be Sophmores (10th grade).

Of course...
there are many more applicants than openings.

We will try everything we can to get Alex into this program.
This way he will not have to waste his time in just High School.
He would be able to take college courses and not be bored 
at a regular High School.

We will still be looking into getting him into the College this year...
for his math, starting this summer...hopefully.

Even though he will still be 13 years old...
he is very mature...especially in class.


After the session...
we went out to our favorite Korean restaurant.

We had some delicious appetizers before our meals.


Alex had gotten the Mackeral again.


As Alex has always been such a good student...
we had gotten him a dessert.

(Alex had somehow lost one of his homework assignments...
otherwise...it also, would have been a perfect score...
and Alex always answers the extra credit questions on the tests and quizzes in class...
and so, the higher percentage score).

Although Alex has gotten nothing lower than an A in all of his classes 
throughout his school years...
and even though Trigonometry (he takes it with the advanced High School students)...
is a review class for him (he has already finished Calculus II at home)...
he has to take lower math (for him) for school purposes.

Once he gets to High School...
he may have to take more lower math to fulfill the official records...
unless we can get him officially advanced somehow.

That is why we are going to try to get him into the college this summer 
for next year's math...and have it officially count for both...
his High School records for next year...
and for his College records.

This way he may take higher math...
instead of having to, once again, take math he had learned long ago.




This is a picture of Alex with his Kindergarten Teacher.

Alex has always loved and respected his school...
and especially, his teachers
(notice Alex's name tag...
Mr. Know it all  :)

His teacher had made it for him out of affection...
and Alex had worn it proudly (during open house).













2 comments:

  1. I occasionally hear of young students attending college but am totally unfamiliar with how that works. It sounds like there are very few colleges that accept students so young, is that right? Sounds like you found a good program so I hope it works out.

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  2. Actually, from what we learned from this meeting....there are a total of some 600 across the nation which have the same program. I had no idea until we had gone there. Actually, my elder sister had done the same thing almost 40 years ago. I was trying to get Alex's present school to do the same thing...citing that it had been done for decades.

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