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RE: a fear/Running Start Program


From: Jeanne Voltura (jvoltura_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Jul 01 2003 - 16:18:05 PDT

Re: a fear/Running Start ProgramThis is similar to the program in Nevada at
the Community College...there are also Community College campus' that are
linked to a few high schools...and there are Magnet schoolshere that focus
on arts and by the time kids go through these magnet schools they are also
prepared to be advanced each year ahead of the average, an
example is that my niece is attending the fine and performing arts magnet
school this coming year after having gone through an elementary magnet doing this, she will be part way through her high school
requirements by the time she gets to high school and will be prepared to
take college classes in high school...its more motivating for her to have
this advance...I just think it depends on what kids are asked early as far
as ecpectations go...I think 16 year olds can be prepared for college if
they are asked early to start preparing and studying hard and to be
interested in the arts from the very beginning of their schooling...
  -----Original Message-----
  From: MAK ~ MaryAnn Kohl []
  Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2003 9:20 AM
  To: ArtsEdNet Talk
  Subject: Re: a fear/Running Start Program

  In our area, we approach this problem (or opportunity) a little
differently...rather than speeding up high school, we speed up college! More
or less. See the following description of "Running Start". (We are in
Washington State.)

    When kids are juniors in high school, they can sign up for a program at
the community college called "Running Start". Students fulfill their
highschool requirements, and also, at the same time are getting college
credit for those same classes. I know, I know. It doesn't make sense!! But
they are doing college level work, is the premise.
    Some kids actually get their AA degree by the time they graduate from
highschool. They can take just a few classes at the CC, or they can take all
of them there. Most kids take a few classes at the CC and the rest at their
regular highschool.
    The main thing is, the RS classes are all free...part of public school
education. Eventually, when they graduate from highschool (and a bit of
college for most of them), they have some basic college classes taken care
of. Only our state colleges accept the credits as true college credits (big
savings for college years!), and most private schools count them as extra
college credit, but not as fulfilling requirements. Still, it all adds up.
    My daughter went to the University of Washington with her entire
Freshman year already "paid for" and complete because of Running Start. She
started as a sophomore at the U. This saved us something like $11,000 at the
time, and would be more in today's college market.

  This is a good program to challenge kids who are ready, and more mature.
But you know who really likes it? The "alternative type kids"... the ones
some people would write off as non-achievers...these kids just don't fit
into highschool as we know it...but they thrive in community college with
more freedom to come and go and with expectations on their own shoulders. No
one telling them to show up or turn stuff in. In college, you either do it
or you don't, it's up to you. They seem to respond to the freedom to
achieve. Impressive.

  Oh, there are no requirements to sign up - nothing you have to get in like
certain grades or need-base or anything...just be a highschool student.
Homeschool kids get into this program no problem. It's for anyone working on
highschool credits towards graduation.

  6/26/03 4:20 AM:

    In a message dated 6/25/03 11:44:26 PM, writes:

    << Would you want to send your 16 year old child off to college? >>

    Only if they lived at home. Why put kids in an unfair situation? They
    have been reading at two, and may well be able to compete intellectually
    academically, but what's the rush? Pressures around sex, alcohol,
and drugs
    may be easier to handle when you go home at night to loving (read
    parents. Hooking up with a "sex buddy" and deaths from alcohol
poisoning are
    all too common.
    Judy S

  MaryAnn F. Kohl
  Bright Ring Publishing, Inc.
  PO Box 31338
  Bellingham, WA 98228-3338

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