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User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 17
Posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 970 times:

I have a serious high-school problem. I'm in the 8th grade and about to go to the 9th in high-school. At the high-school there is a program called IB (international bacceloriate) and it is for students that are more advanced or want to become more advanced. The requirements are: 1 year of foreign language, atleast a 3.275 GPA and taking Algebra. I am currently taking Spanish, so I got one down, and have maintained a 3.714 GPA for the first 2 quarters. I do not have algebra. That's ok, they said, all I have to do is take a course during the SUMMER . I really don't want to go to school during the SUMMER. The course is 2 hours a day and costs up to 375$ (depending on the number of students in the class) I have thought over this, and can't decide on what to do.

I know someone (I think Aloha737-200 had something like this), if you can, please tell me what you did or will do. I want all of you to participate because I know that you are all very intelligent and could give me opinions on what I should do.

The IB program is internationally known and has a higher level of education and can give you college credits and BIG scholarships.

On the other hand I don't want to go to school in the SUMMER.

Please tell me what you think. Any replies greatly appreciated.


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User currently offlineAS737900 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 919 times:

Hmmm... going to school in the SUMMER or a chance at big scholarships to help pay for school... hmmm... I think if I were in your position the choice would be clear... take the algebra. I've taken summer classes in college and one class will not ruin your summer. (plus sometimes it seems more laid back than during the regular school year). It is a lot different than having a full schedule. Besides, the future benefits far outweigh one summer of taking a class. Plus you can go to a park and lay on the grass and study while getting a tan! :P And 3-4 hours of your time 3-4 days a week will not ruin your summer...

BTW, does this class last the whole summer or just part of it?


User currently offlineTguman From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 430 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 912 times:

Take it. My mom is an IB teacher and according to the program you could advance into your sophmore year of college, instead of being a freshman. Just some things to help you decide.
TGUMAN



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User currently offlineILS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 912 times:

I am in the equivalent of IB(Pre-AP), go for it.

User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 902 times:

I don't know yet if it would last all summer or not.

Yeah, I heard that you can skip a full year too.

thanks guys, any more?



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User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4773 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 892 times:

Its way too early to be worrying about college admissions. Just concentrate on doing your best in your current subjects.

User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 879 times:

I wouldn't do it for the scholarships. To tell you the truth scholarships are like winning the lottery, there are so many people applying for them that you just have to be lucky. I don't think IB will help you all that much in getting them.

But, if you are concerned about cost, skipping your Freshman year or even 1 semester ofcollege will save you a lot of money.

What academic programs are you looking to?

If you want to go to Harvard, or Pre-med, I would probably do it. Two hours is not a lot of time out of the day. That's only 4 episodes of your tv shows.

But if you just want to go to a Community College, I don't think IB will matter.



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User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2122 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 874 times:

Think a little long term dude.

Suffer through a few weeks of summer classes and go for that IB! It'll be worth it. Persevere.



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User currently offlineSKYSERVICE_330 From Canada, joined Sep 2000, 1391 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 872 times:

CP, It is never too early to think about college or university. That is actually a big thing that is being implimented here in Ontario right now actually, is getting you ready and prepared and helping you make the right decisions. It is part of the new curriculum.

User currently offlineApollo13 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 871 times:

DO IT DO IT NEVER TURN DOWN AN EDUCATION!!!!!

User currently offlineAFC_ajax00 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 775 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 864 times:

Vafi88, I know your dilemma, i'm in 11th grade and also doing the IB diploma. If I were you, stick with it, it may be extremly hard and innoying at times but it will give you a serious advantage after high school.However the IB is weighed more in Europe than in America so,


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User currently offlineAerialpingpong From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 853 times:

Vafi88,

Go for it!!

I completed the IB at UWCSEA in Singapore in 1993 and it was two years of academic hell, but the end result was well worth it. When I came to college in the USA I became a sophomore in the third week of my Freshman year  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

The advantages you'll have over people who go through a traditional HS program is that you'll actually be able to 'think'. Beside your Higher's and Subsid's (don't know if they still use those terms now) you'll have to write an extended essay, and go through a Theory of Knowledge course.

So do the extra summer course! But, if I were you though, I'd take a good long vacation before you start the IB as you won't have much time for that for the two years of the program. It's not a walk in the park. Those are 1st&2nd year University courses. Best of luck  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4773 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 844 times:

Well, I happen to think that the new Ontario system is dead wrong  Smile I never expected to be going to University until halfway through grade 12...it isn't something to be chosen in grade 9. You simply can't decide at that age...in grade 9 I thought I would be an aircraft maintenance engineer.

User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 17
Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 815 times:

Thanks guys! Thanks a lot!

Just got some new info today.

The course is 4 hours a day, 4 days a week plus homework for 6 weeks.

I'm still trying to decide but fast running out of time.

I'm feeling like shit right now because I can't decide. I know that college is about 5 years away, but it's what you do now through high-school is what really matters.

I don't know, I probably will take the class for it and blackmail my parents later so I can fly somewhere.



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User currently offlineNotar520AC From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1606 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 789 times:

Vafi88- I am also considdering enrolling in the IB Program- the first two years you are with the honors courses in the highschool, the last two the actual IB classes. You'll have a lot of homework every night, but when you apply to college, they'll look at your application and say, "Ooh! An IB graduate!" and put it on the top. If you graduate, you'll probably get priority in college.

 Smokin cool -Notar520AC

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User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 46
Reply 15, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 779 times:

First of all, the money should not be an issue. Your parents should be willing to pay for that if you're going to take the class seriously.

Two hours a day for a summer course is not really bad. I took summer courses in college and I was in class eight hours a day three times a week and four hours a day twice a week. Plus I worked ten hours a week on the side to put myself through the classes.

Yeah, yeah, I know -- you're just going into the ninth grade, I don't want to make you sound like a wimp because college is a lot different than high school. But I think you should go for it.

Get into the IB program NOW. You won't be able to jump into it later. If it gets too difficult you can always drop out of IB. For now, I would position yourself at the highest you can achieve. Grasp the brass ring!

redngold



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User currently offlineHurricane From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1443 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 761 times:

Look at it this way: Is it important enough to you that you would give up that money and put in alot of hard work when you could be doing other things? If it is, then go for it by all means, but if not, if you really don't think it is that important to you, then don't do it. Just do what YOU want to do... Good luck!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineJj From Algeria, joined Jun 2001, 1227 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 756 times:


Depends what you want to do in your life. If you want to go to university, I'd say go to IB!, put it this way:

- 1 summer of study= 1 YEAR less at university+ a higher consideration for you, when you apply for U.

I guess the balance is clear. DO IT!

jj


User currently offlineB747forlife From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 392 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 757 times:

Well, my advice is to go to the IB. I cannot tell you about it because I did not get in to it but I got into another prestigious thing called the Math/Science/Computer Science Magnet. I can recommend the IB because I have friend who are in it, but you need to be prepared to do an ass-load of work. Just go with what you want to do, but remember that colleges like it when they see that you took an initiative to get into a hard program. Taking summer school Algebra is taking an initiative.

-Nick  Big grin


User currently offlineJAL From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 5078 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 729 times:

Go for it!!


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User currently offlineAloha 737-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 732 times:

Take correspondence, that's what I'm doing. What they do is mail your assignments to you, or you can do them online. You have to budget your time though, set aside evenings to do your work, and the rest of the day you get to play or do whatever you want.

This is good because you do not actually GO to school during the summer, the summer's yours, you just do some work at home. But remember, you have to be good with your time, dont skip daily work at home to go out with friends, self discipline is important.

But dont let that scare you, correspondence is the best way to go about it, and heck, you can even go to summer camp and have your assignements mailed to the camp!! How cool is that?!

Best of luck to you, hope you get into the program you want.

Aloha 737-200!!  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineAlitalia777 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 716 times:

Take the algebra. I am slowly learning to challenge myself to the fullest extent. Colleges love to see advanced courses. I am currently in advanced english, and have no problems in it. Newxt year I plan on taking advanced placement history, and eventually take AP English in 12th grade. I know your young (only two years younger than me, though  Smile ), but you mind as well get a head start. Some colleges consider advanced placement courses a must.

Alitalia777


User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 13
Reply 22, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 712 times:

I had the exact same dilemma. I decided not to do IB because of the advice of some of my family who took it. Apparently, its a lot of work not needed to be done. Instead of taking the IB program, I am taking some IB classes, along with AP classes, because IB classes look just like AP's in the eyes of the universities. However, if I could do it all over again, I'd take IB just because its one more pretty thing to have on your college ap. go for it.

-FSPilot747


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