As most college faculty in business know, once something has become a competition point, it either is eroded to a commodity (i.e. everybody offers it, does it, and it is no longer a unique feature) or everybody’s standards raise with the end result being that something is no longer a unique feature. I wouldn’t mind either IF the standards are actually kept at the level originally established when it comes to college preparatory curriculum. That is not supported with my experience of incoming students over the last 5 or more years in higher education.
quietly informed me that “college prep” was the lowest level of education in the high school where her children attend. The ranking was, low to high, college prep, honors, and then AP.
I was saddened. I was saddened because evidently in their rush to leave no child behind, K-12 schools have destroyed the environment to provide the very skills that are needed and have created watered down classes or allowed unqualified students to enter classes. They have lowered the bar to make it in College Prep classes.
really prepared for college. I know. I see them every fall come to college and leave, sometimes before the end of the first term. I can only conclude that where high standards should have been kept in K-12; they have not been kept. The end result is a degradation of the meaning of the term “college prep”.
requires more focused attention, stronger reading and math skills, stronger communication skills, and more motivation to succeed in academics than other post-high school choices. Now, these skills are versatile and can be used in other careers very successfully, but without them, students will struggle and often drop out early in their college career.
college. All children should be challenged to learn and grow, however, this school is on the top end of that challenging spectrum. Frankly, it will not be appropriate for some children. We don’t like to limit opportunity so we’ll give your normal everyday student a shot, but if they cannot succeed after a year or so, then we’ll counsel you to find a program better suited for the child.
We offer the tough old fashioned standards found in college prep of years gone by: a challenging pace of learning, high expectations of quality, the explicit display of that learning in tangible ways, and the opportunity to try, fail, learn, and try again, with the final result being rapid advancement across grades.
course in a 4-year college degree program. It prepares students to be successful in highly competitive, ambiguous, and challenging world found both in the better schools in higher education and in the business and professional communities.
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