My eldest is a high school sophomore now, and like many tenth graders, she is already sick of high school. Tigger has always been a kid who is eager to get to the next thing, whatever that may be. Right now, the next thing is college.
Fortunately, our state provides a program, called Running Start, for high school kids who are so done with high school. Running Start students take courses at the local community college during their junior and senior years of high school, earning high school and college credit at the same time. A student who stays focused and completes the requirements can earn an A.A. degree and be prepared to transfer to a four-year college as a junior right after high school. Add it up, parents, that’s two fewer years of college to pay for, because Running Start is (mostly) free.
The PSAT added more fuel to her ambitions. Our school district requires sophomores to take this test (normally taken by juniors) for practice. Tigger’s sky-high scores have resulted in a deluge of mail from colleges all over the country, drooling over my talented daughter’s potential to boost their rankings with her test-taking mojo.
So here’s my plan: two years of free education, courtesy of the Great State of Washington, followed by two years of free education, courtesy of some university that really, really wants this kid on their campus and offers a full-ride scholarship to get her.
A mom can dream, right?