I would like assistance in choosing what program to enter in highschool
01/03/2011 at 16:47 PM

I am a gifted student and I'm in eighth grade and I would like some opinions on different programs in high school. All my teachers in school say I'm one (if not the) smartest kid they've ever taught. I don't feel better than everyone else though, I just get things without thinking about it, like linking things together ti get an answer except it happens really fast. I've tried skipping grades before in sixth but now it's too late. My guidance counselor wouldn't let me skip because I would be entering in classes where everyone would be more mature than me, but I have the opposite problem. I'm just so separated from my peers that I know my teachers better than them. I can't even have a real conversation with any of my friends because I can't be myself because they wouldn't understand.

Now on to the main issue besides my psychological issues. So I'm going into high school and I'm probably going to become an engineer (mechanical or chemical most likely) when I go to college. I have two problems though: 1) I don't really know if I would be good at engineering because there isn't that type of learning in school. and 2) I need to decide on a couple if colleges I want to go to and what they think of each of my academic propositions. So any suggestions on the college part would be useful

My different plans for high school are:

1) IB. It's the most work of any of my choices but my Chinese language credits wouldn't count and none of the really big schools would accept the credits and think AP=IB anyway. Also, I have a teacher that did IB and doesn't think its for me because even though I'm a hard worker, IB is for students that can work really hard but it isn't super academically challenging and I would get bored from all the projects.
2)Take honors, AP, and dual enrollment and graduate with my associates degree. While this option saves time and money A) all of my credits might be accepted by the college I go to and B) for my first two years of high school even taking extra classes with FLVS (Florida Virtual School) would get boring.
3) Finish high school in 2-3 years (I would do this by either 1) Taking all accelerated pace classes on FLVS- finishing a full semester class in half a semester therefore finishing high school in half he time.2)Doing 1 for the equivalent of two years in high school or 1 year accelerated pace. Then I would go to the high school and take dual enrollment and AP classes for two years and get my Associates degree.) This option saves my time but going to college at 17 might be a little scary and/or difficult. I think this is a good option because I don't care about prom and homecoming or anything like that. I wrestle and thats a nice sport even though my kind of friends think I'm weird because I am a girl. I also take Chinese on FLVS for fun (also a good source of language credits) and I play the trumpet. This plan also has the most cons because
A) I want to take band and march in high school. I would have to figure out a way of A) going to the high school and staying in the library taking FLVS and going to band at the appropriate time or B) taking FLVS at home and walking the short distance from my house to the high school for band class.
B) I don't know if I'm allowed to do option 1 or 2
C) I'm afraid of losing motivation
D) Getting the school to approve it

If I could work out #3 and have it look good to colleges it would probably be the one I choose.

Thank you for reading this very long explanation, any opinions or suggestions on these plans or college suggestions would be greatly appreciated.