Skipping a class in high school is different from skipping a class in elementary or junior high. Skipping a class in high school involves graduating early, provided you have all of the required credits for your graduation program. Even if you can't skip a whole class, you may be able to finish the semester quickly. You can do this by taking your credits into account.
Step 1. Talk to your high school principal or guidance counselor
Ask them if it is possible for you to graduate early and if others have done so in the past. This will help you make a plan and understand exactly what you need to do to graduate early.
Step 2. Inquire about registrations
Also find out about similar programs that will allow you to take courses at a community college when enrolling in a high school. These classes can count toward a university degree and toward your high school diploma.
Step 3. Consider taking the GED (high school diploma) or high school aptitude test
The latter is mainly used by high school students to quickly obtain an equivalent of the high school diploma, which allows them to enroll in a university college or a business school a few years earlier than usual.
Step 4. Consider taking classes at home or online
You could skip a year or more if you are self-taught.
Step 5. Know what your high school's requirements are for graduating
- How many credits do you need?
- What credit units (math, English, science, physical education, history, etc.) do you need?
Step 6. Determine the number of credits you can earn during the summer
- Each school district has its own program. Some schools do two sessions per summer with one class available per session. However, other schools have two sessions available, with two lessons per session.
- Find out what lessons are taught during the summer. Chances are, these are common courses such as Algebra, Geometry, History, and English. You can probably get by during the summer and save the school year for lessons that are not taught during the summer. Summer classes can also be a way to earn elective credits by taking in-school driving lessons or other electives.
- Some school sectors only offer remedial lessons during the summer. Ask if there are other school districts nearby where you can take additional lessons.
- If your guidance counselor does not have information on other school districts, ask her to contact a colleague in those districts for information. You can also contact the other districts yourself.
- You may be able to start by taking classes during the summer before your first year of high school. Make an appointment with the high school guidance counselor at the start of the summer to develop a plan.
- Be aware that you will have to pay dearly to take lessons at some summer schools. For this, you should discuss the financial obligations with your parents and plan everything in advance.
Step 7. Find out if you can take all of the courses online
Many school districts offer high school courses online and you would likely have to pay a certain amount for this.
Check if the lessons you want to take will be recognized by your school district
Step 8. Think about the type of classes you are taking before you decide to take them in the summer or online
Depending on your abilities, you may be better off taking some lessons in person, as a teacher can offer personal advice and answers to all kinds of questions.
Step 9. Think about credits
Credits may prevent you from taking higher-level courses, so determine if you are able to bypass these requirements. For example, advanced mathematics requires knowledge of calculus. You will be able to skip an algebra class if eventually you can demonstrate at school that you have already learned this, either on your own or during the summer.
Step 10. Seek advice from your guidance counselor
Regularly assess your progress.
Step 11. Find out about the requirements for any universities you wish to attend
For example, most universities require four years of knowledge of a foreign language. Foreign languages are not usually taught on vacation or online. It is therefore advisable that you learn a language on your own and demonstrate your competence in that language at universities.
Step 12. Maintain your averages
Most high schools have a few extra courses in their curricula. Graduating earlier requires more credits than usual.
Step 13. Find out if your school area offers crash courses for high school students
Individual study programs offer lessons that allow students to complete them at their own pace. In fact, the study material is a notebook instead of a textbook and the homework is for the following week. If the pupil is motivated, he can however finish in two days. The student will meet a teacher for a private lesson once a week or according to the schedule. The lessons will be given to the student according to the credits and his objectives. If the student self-enrolls, an entire semester's credits can be completed in half the time, allowing students to graduate in advance.
- Try not to have study periods. They don't provide any credit and you might be able to take an extra course.
- Look for courses that will meet your needs without the risk of going last or failing because these are very difficult. Pay no attention to your friends who will laugh at you for the fact that you are on a less difficult course. They won't laugh at you when they're in senior year old and you're gone.
- Learn about high school tests. Some regions have pilot programs that allow you to take the high school test in each grade.
- Find out about the various evening classes at a local community college. Not only can you graduate earlier, but you could also earn college credits and finish your course quickly. Most high schools are working with local universities to allow students to enroll. Some regions allow students to take free courses at community universities with eleven credits per semester.
- If you attend a private school or small high school, you may not have many options during the summer. To do this, find the major high schools in your city. Many students usually want more options for vacation classes.
- Don't overload yourself intellectually. Remember that you will have to take a lot of crash courses. You may have to make sacrifices by avoiding taking very difficult lessons. You shouldn't be spending another year in school because you have to go back to a very difficult subject. Classes reserved for the best students may be more intensive than a college preparation course or a regular course. Choose the easier option if necessary.
- Don't have fun. Don't talk too much.
- Check your school district policy.
- Check this with your parents or guardian, as their participation in this process is recommended.