Please join me in offering congratulations to all our graduating seniors (’18) and their families!!
It’s Time for Reflections:
YEAR-END EDUCATIONAL & COLLEGE PLANNING ASSESSMENT
As the end of the school year is within sight, I invite all students to reflect upon goals set in August. Which of your goals were easily attainable? Why? What have you learned about yourself and how you approach learning and your time that works well and what will you change for the next academic year?
Parents, how have you changed as your student continues to develop their strengths further preparing each young adult for a smooth transition to the undergraduate experience? How can you assist your student to continue to be self-motivated and directed?
At your end-of-year conference, we’ll review your accomplishments both within and outside the classroom as well as identify opportunities for growth to realize personalized educational goals.
Let’s discuss whether Dual-Enrollment is right for you!
A few weeks ago, I discussed the differences between AP, AICE and IB classes. A student’s Educational and College Admissions plan should contain a curriculum map providing each student with ample opportunity to explore potential academic areas of interest through enrollment in the most challenging curriculum that the student can COMFORTABLY MANAGE. If you have any lingering questions on the 2018-19 course selections, let’s discuss!
Some of my current sophomores and juniors have expressed an interest in Dual-Enrollment courses. These are offered in local campuses and in online classes.
Please review potential classes and give me a shout out to explore how a specific course might fit into your strategic educational plan . It’s important to have very clear reasons for enrolling in any course, but especially an online course.
Keep in mind, if you are already a very strong student aiming at highly competitive colleges outside of the your state system, there’s virtually no admissions bump to completing DE courses. This is especially true for rising seniors (’19) as any fall Dual-Enrollment course will post the grade perhaps after the admissions decision has been rendered. Moreover, the DE classes you’ve chosen can raise red flags about your willingness to accept academic challenges. Let’s explore that point….
Students: Please only consider courses that truly interest you and offer you an opportunity to swap something out of your high school class list that is unique and more challenging. Above all, aim for something you cannot take at your high school rather than taking a class to avoid the expected traditional path or a given teacher as the latter is not a reason for taking a DE class.
If you are certain you plan to attend a college within your state’s public system, taking English as a Dual-Enrollment class as opposed to attempting a “5” on AP Lang/Lit would potentially offer a great chance of earning transfer credit towards freshman English as a college student. ***This is simply not the situation for students aiming to enroll in competitive colleges elsewhere.
Given my experience as a University Professor, please keep in mind, the most competitive colleges outside of the public universities in your state will not likely accept online credits as transfer classes, and this is especially true for STEM classes.
Taking a math or science class at a local community college not only will fall below the threshold for transfer credit, but the educational experience will fall short of what you will need to know to be well prepared for success in subsequent 200+ level STEM classes at most competitive undergraduate programs.
If you’ve exhausted your STEM options at your high school, there are some specific 200+ level classes in multivariate calculus, discrete mathematics and the next class in a sequence for Biology and Chemistry majors. Need recommendations??ASK ME!!
For rising sophomores and juniors, I often hear how Dual-Enrollment is an opportunity to increase your high school weighted GPA. The more important reason for taking a class is to possibly introduce you to some interesting subject matter not offered at your high school.
For students with GPAs under the target public university admissions threshold, Dual Enrollment does indeed offer an opportunity to slightly increase your chances of admission by raising your GPA. That said, to “artificially inflate” your GPA in non-core courses through dual enrollment is an approach that is transparent and may backfire. Competitive colleges will very likely remove some of these classes and recalculate your GPA excluding some of your DE courses. So please, be careful about what you’ve selected as the classes may have no bearing on your GPA from a college admissions review. Moreover, these classes are often viewed as a less than authentic interest in learning something new but rather an attempt to pad your GPA..
If you don’t see any challenging courses of interest, please contact me to discuss some other competitive online programs available to high school students.
Best Wishes for a strong finish to the school year!
Bonnie R. Rabin, Ph.D.
Educational and College Admissions Consultant