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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-24-2006, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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High School Question

Ok, here is my situation. I went through about half of the school year, but then had to drop out because I had to move to a different state. I am pretty sure that it is to late to join a school here. My grades were pretty bad because of all the absences I had from being sick a ton. Is there any way that I can get in the next school year here without being held back? I know all of the classes, but just failed because of the absences that I had. Would summer school be a choice? Maybe I can just retake all the tests.
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Have you thought about what you want to do with your life? If you dont want to attend a 4 year college Id say just get a GED (good enough diploma)

You can get into a 2 yr or trade school with a GED. You probably wont be able to stay in the same grade with all the days you missed.
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Have you thought about what you want to do with your life? If you dont want to attend a 4 year college Id say just get a GED (good enough diploma)

You can get into a 2 yr or trade school with a GED. You probably wont be able to stay in the same grade with all the days you missed.
you need to be 16 i believe.
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Have you thought about what you want to do with your life? If you dont want to attend a 4 year college Id say just get a GED (good enough diploma)

You can get into a 2 yr or trade school with a GED. You probably wont be able to stay in the same grade with all the days you missed.
Is there any way to get around it? I am almost positive that If I could retake all the tests, I would pass them all. Is there a way to do that?
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...Id say just get a GED (good enough diploma)
Please don't take any offense, but this is bad advice.

In my experience, no one is "forced" to drop out of school when they move to a new area. There may be something I'm missing or information I don't have. Generally speaking, though, public schools are very obliging when it comes to accepting a new student regardless of the time of year. (I believe they are required by law to provide an education). Grades can be transferred.

The only way you are going to find the answers to your questions is to contact the school in your new area. They'll look at your transcript, such as it is, and talk to you, then tell you what they can and can't do. They will be the ones to tell you what you will have to do.

It sounds to me that this year is a wash, but if you get back to school ASAP, and do what you have to do (summer school, extra course load, study, etc.) I should think you'd be able to graduate when you're supposed to. As long as you earn the needed credits, you should be all right. But, in all honesty, it sounds like it's going to take a lot of work on your part.

I can't imagine many circumstances in which I'd counsel someone to drop out of school. In this day and age, it is becoming increasingly difficult to get a good job without a college degree of some kind. The value of a good education cannot be overstated. Go get it!
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Ok, here is my situation. I went through about half of the school year, but then had to drop out because I had to move to a different state. I am pretty sure that it is to late to join a school here.
It's never too late... they have to take your transcripts even with a week left of school.

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My grades were pretty bad because of all the absences I had from being sick a ton.
Your grades transfer directly. If you currently have an F they transfer as an "F". Sick days also, which probably will be your problem.

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Is there any way that I can get in the next school year here without being held back?
Typically you can only make up TWO failed classes at summer school but monday morning get down to the school and talk to an administrator or guidance councelor and start planning.


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I know all of the classes, but just failed because of the absences that I had. Would summer school be a choice? Maybe I can just retake all the tests.
This might vary by state law but you're reequired to attend X number of days per year and that would lead to summer school or failure.

Dropping out is a REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY bad, shortsighted and inappropriate course of action. Sorry you had to relocate and everything but think beyond today and this year and towards the next several decades. That begins with trying EVERYTHING possibly not to stay back and if so completing HS at the bare minimum and preferably in college upon HS graduation. Good luck... glen
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Glen's right. You should be able to transfer to a new school without any problems, regardless of your grades or how much time is left in the school year. You may have to make classes up in summer school, or you may still get held back a year or a semester before you can graduate. Even at that, you're MUCH better off in the long run applying yourself and finishing school.
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Glen's right. You should be able to transfer to a new school without any problems, regardless of your grades or how much time is left in the school year. You may have to make classes up in summer school, or you may still get held back a year or a semester before you can graduate. Even at that, you're MUCH better off in the long run applying yourself and finishing school.
I have been out of school for 3 months. Are you sure it isn't too late?
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I have been out of school for 3 months. Are you sure it isn't too late?
You need to ask the school.
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Please don't take any offense, but this is bad advice.

In my experience, no one is "forced" to drop out of school when they move to a new area. There may be something I'm missing or information I don't have. Generally speaking, though, public schools are very obliging when it comes to accepting a new student regardless of the time of year. (I believe they are required by law to provide an education). Grades can be transferred.

The only way you are going to find the answers to your questions is to contact the school in your new area. They'll look at your transcript, such as it is, and talk to you, then tell you what they can and can't do. They will be the ones to tell you what you will have to do.

It sounds to me that this year is a wash, but if you get back to school ASAP, and do what you have to do (summer school, extra course load, study, etc.) I should think you'd be able to graduate when you're supposed to. As long as you earn the needed credits, you should be all right. But, in all honesty, it sounds like it's going to take a lot of work on your part.

I can't imagine many circumstances in which I'd counsel someone to drop out of school. In this day and age, it is becoming increasingly difficult to get a good job without a college degree of some kind. The value of a good education cannot be overstated. Go get it!
Its not bad advice. I asked him what he wanted to do with his life. If he wants a career that requires a 4 year college degree then He needs to get back to HS and bring his grades up, but if he wants to be lets say a HVAC guy or a auto tech etc then getting a GED and starting trade school now would be the best . 2 year technical schools can get a person just as far as a 4 year college degree can. Unless its an MBA or something. He really needs to do some soul searching to find out what he wants to do with his life 1st...
The school will not let him slide and put him where he was. Summer school isnt enough to get caught up.

Dude if you want to go to a 4 yr college then you need to get off the internet and get back to school and bust it..
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Its not bad advice.
I disagree, but it's cool. I see what you're saying though. My point of view is that for someone in his position, i.e. school age, a GED is a cop-out. Most 15-17 year olds (where I'm assuming he is) don't have any idea what they want to do in life. I didn't. I didn't figure it out until I was in my mid-20s. If I had settled for a GED, I'd have regretted it.

For someone who realizes later in life that they made a mistake dropping out of high school and wants to make amends, I think a GED is a great idea.
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