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post #11 of 31 Old 08-26-2013, 02:03 PM
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I think you said it all: 4 teachers quit, 50 students left. These are the numbers and proof you can bring up to your parents, which can (and hopefully will) make them listen to your concerns.

Education is very important, and while yes I agree you have to try to fix the situation if you can (which you tried for a year), you can't progress being unhappy and unsupported. Could you consider a different school in your or neighbor county perhaps? Good luck!

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post #12 of 31 Old 08-26-2013, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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I could try a neighboring school. Their academics are decent, although their performing arts program is not-so-good. My friend (who is an a-b student) said she sometimes gets bored with their classes though. I could try it, I guess.......
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post #13 of 31 Old 08-26-2013, 05:43 PM
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How are you doing in school grade wise now?

I send my child to private, because her school teaches and requires a far stricter curriculum and has a steeper grade scale, and then because the focus is on academics, tiny class size, and reinforces morals and values that we believe in.
It is a sacrifice, especially because they raised the tuition $800 this year, ouch!

Unfortunately ALL schools are going to computer/self based learning systems. So I doubt that you will find one that has a hands on approach. You are learning a valuable lesson having to deal with the moochers, welcome to the real world...

If a closer school is better then go for it and do what the others said, explain your situation in a detailed manner. I would even go so far as contacting the school counselors and see the scholarship rate, do detailed studies on average GPA levels, etc. I would be so proud to have a daughter that took as much interest in her education as you seem to. Good Luck!

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post #14 of 31 Old 08-28-2013, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks FlyGap! My current GPA is a 4.0. The problem is that the work is WAY too easy. In algebra II, we worked for the past two weeks on substitution, elimination, and graphing (all stuff that we learned in algebra I). We have used the same worksheet the entire time. We would do it and correct it (this has happened at least 4x).

Also, it is not true that everyone is going to computer/ self-based learning systems/ group work. Its official name is NewTech, for those who dont know. Schools with lower incomes have adopted this program to make them more money. My school definitely isnt lower income, since they just built a new 2-3 million
dollar high school ( which is very small and very cramped, especially for 751 students).
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post #15 of 31 Old 08-28-2013, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, and heres some funny stories about my school:

1. Their plan for a school shooting is to cover the windows (the inside walls and doors are glass), break an outside window, and have all the students climb down a ladder (there are 41 people in my class).

2. The new high school has air conditioning. They're keeping around 50 degrees (not kidding, I seriously wore jeans and a jacket to class, and still got cold in honors chemistry). They're doing this to make students dress appropriately.

3. For school lunches, theyre forcing you to take fruit, veggies, and the main dish even if you dont want part of it, and it will just be thrown away.

4. They made the tall people have the lockers on the bottom half (im one of the tall people). Also, theyre so small, I can't even fit my binders in there lengthwise or using width.

5. The choir room is about a 50 x 20 space, give or take a few feet because of the desk, risers, piano, bins, shelfs, ect. Nearly 200 people are in choir.

This school definitely wasnt designed well. Too small, and too cramped.
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post #16 of 31 Old 08-30-2013, 04:56 PM
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I say change schools. You need something more challenging. Look for a school that offers Honors and Advanced Placement classes. You definitely won't be bored anymore!

My school was awful- the honors teacher was harder than the AP teacher. I thought I finally got rid of her (and the 4 hours of homework a day for just that class) and she moved up a grade! Stupid teacher was obsessed! No one should have to work that hard for an honors class! As soon as I had her the next year I switched to AP and got college credit.

It totally messed up my senior year as I had 4 AP classes. I did not want that many! I wanted 2 AP classes, not 4! My AP math teacher (I picked that class because I knew how easy she was as a teacher) got fired half way through the year and I ended up with another slave driver for a teacher. All it takes is 2 obsessed teachers to make your life a living hell.

You need something challenging enough to prepare you for college, not something harder than college. My crazy teachers in High school were ten times worse than any class I had in college!

Try to find a nearby school. You don't need to go to the real expensive one- save your money and go to a good college.

Very little of what I learned in High School was actually needed. Most of it did not apply to my major. When you train for a specific career those are the skills you need in life. It is not necessary to know everything. All that advanced math and history stuff was a waste. I've forgotten it all.
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post #17 of 31 Old 08-31-2013, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, but my problem is that I have to get a bachelors of science for my major, so ill be taking chemistry, physics, anatomy, ect. General science classes, anyway. I want to be a radiation oncologist, so ill be taking a lot of math and science classes that I should have learned the basics in in high school.
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post #18 of 31 Old 09-02-2013, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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4horses, my parents share the same opinion. They say that anything I learn in high school I won't need. Well, I will need it for sat, act, mcat, ect. How do I convince them of this? Theh think I had a good base start (which I didnt. I didn't know half the stuff I needed to when I got to high school), so why bother with stuff ill never use? I need them to realize that I do need to learn stuff in high school, to help me later.
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post #19 of 31 Old 09-04-2013, 02:52 PM
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The SAT, ACT are not very difficult. If you buy the prep-books and work through them you should be fine. If you can't do the work in them and can't figure it out, than it does mean you are behind.

What if you approach your teachers and ask them if you can have a more advanced problem set? For math.

Most math teachers follow the book, surely they can give you 2 lessons to work on instead of just one!

There is no reason you have to have a teacher for this stuff. You could go out and buy some old college level textbooks and work through them on your own during the summer. Pick up an anatomy physiology book and workbook with answers.

There are free online classes for high schools. You can look for classes that offer college credit from an online university.

Have you thought about seeing your academic advisor? Maybe you could go to community college part time and be in dual enrollment.
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post #20 of 31 Old 09-06-2013, 09:35 AM
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Is there anything holding you back from working ahead of your school's pace on your own time? If the classes are too easy but your parents do not support a switch, there are still many options to pursue additional learning on your own. (I'm assuming you are not bogged down with homework as you have said the classes are very easy).
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