Guest blog post by Lisa Barnett (@atomic_lisa), parent and CEO of Atomic Learning and Versifit Technologies.
I am the parent of a new college student. That in and of itself is a big deal for a number of reasons. But in this case, said college student is also only 16. Yes, she's a sharp kid, but not some prodigy.
Our state has an amazing post-secondary enrollment option that allows high school juniors and seniors to attend college full-time and complete dual degrees, funded through the state. So essentially, when she graduates from high school, she should also have her AA degree.
My daughter has not been a huge fan of the high school experience—she found the drama to be exhausting and she was regularly disengaged in her academics. While she was a high performing student, she found classes focused on rote memorization to be a game that she knew how to play, but didn't feel she was actually getting any type of academic enrichment from. Partially through her sophomore year, she decided to pursue the PSEO option with our family’s support.
Fast forward to four weeks ago; she started her first day as a junior is high school and freshman in college.