For some students who find the high school experience unbearable for a variety of reasons, the GED is a good way to complete their education. Of course, students completing high school in this fashion will not have the same depth of knowledge as high school graduates. Your daughter will be missing at least 1,000 hours of classroom instruction. The 30 hours that are typically spent in preparing for the GED will not offset this difference.
Passing the GED is not easy. While no formal preparation is required to prepare for this test, many students attend classes offered by local school districts, colleges, and community service agencies. These classes are usually free.
We agree that your daughter will be able to go to college after obtaining her GED. However, she will still have to take admission tests (SAT or ACT) as well as meet the admission requirements of the school. Before she embarks on this path to college, we suggest that she contact the admissions office of the college that she would like to attend for more information.
Quitting high school and taking the GED is not usually a formula for success in college. Many GED diploma holders have great difficulty in handling college just as they had problems with high school. Only a very low percentage of GED recipients will actually get a bachelor's degree. We suggest that you explore with your daughter and her counselor exactly why she wants to quit high school.