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The Early Entrance Experience

Testimonials From Those Who Have Lived It

Here you can find the words of students, parents, faculty and others talking about their experience with Early Entrance programs.  What appears in this section are the unedited words of people who have participated or known participants in one of the Early Entrance programs that have been identified.  Comments are evaluated before being made available, but it is not the policy of this site to censor opinions, and both positive and negative views will be represented. 

The best way to get a feeling for early entrance is through the words of those who know it best, so please enjoy what you find here.  If you have experiences in early entrance that you would like to share, then please take advantage of the testimonial submission form to tell your story.

The Testimonials have been grouped according to program:

9 Advanced Academy of Georgia
4 Bard High School Early College
3 Clarkson School Bridging Year
5 Early College at Guilford
8 Early Entry Program at CSULA
3 Early Honors Program
5 Georgia Academy of Mathematics, Engineering and Science
7 Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing
1 National Academy of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering
34 Program for the Exceptionally Gifted
7 Simon's Rock College of Bard
6 Texas Academy for Leadership in the Humanities
8 Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science
4 Transition School and Early Entrance Program at UW
1 UW Academy for Young Scholars
(Programs not listed, currently have zero submitted comments)

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Random Testimonial

Matriculating into the academy was probably one of the most academically egregious things I have ever done. When I enrolled, I did not realize that by the simple act of signing a form, I was signing over my rights. Not just my rights to lack structure, which I absolutely did not mind losing, but my rights of free speech and free expression. Had I known the academy was anything like this, I would have never considered it. Never.

Academically, I learned nothing. Socially, however, I learned many things. First of all, never challenge authority. Never. You must always remain in the backseat when it comes to authority. If they messed up your transcript, and put you two semesters behind in classes that you already passed with an A, you must deal with it. Say nothing.

The first week at the academy proved to be the most stressful. When I enrolled, I was told that all of my college credits, and everything I had privately studied [I was homeschooled] would be considered in my academic placement. Verbatim, I was told that all of my college credits would be transferred, and I would be placed in classes that would challenge me. I was also told that I could take electives my first semester if I tested out of mandatory classes. It was an entirely different story once I arrived. By Wednesday of the first week, everybody but I had received their class schedules, student IDs, and student numbers. I did not. I was in the middle of dealing with the admins downstairs because the academic coordinator lied to me and told me that they would now not allow me to be placed in anything higher than Calculus 1 and Chemistry 1.

I had already taken Calculus 1 (college course where I had received an A), homeschooled myself through Calculus 2, and was ready and [... more]

- A P, Student
Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing

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