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7 Simon's Rock College of Bard
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8 Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science
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I am a former student of the TS/EEP class of 2006. I was accepted when I was 13 years old, and stayed from September 2005 until February 2006.
The TS/EEP program is a very good idea. It is too often that gifted secondary school students are made bored and apathetic by an educational system that is tailored for average kids. Most of my classmates are now happy freshmen at UW, well on their way to getting an undergraduate education. The classes at TS are engaging overall, and provide an in-depth and intriguing look into subjects that are usually made otherwise mundane. The teachers are all of the highest caliber of intellectual capability, and are willing to help whenever it is needed.
However, I would strongly urge students who are considering the program to think about the other, very real side of this experience. The academics are not a problem for most people-all the subjects can be conquered with application and motivation. The problem is that the students are teenagers. It was a common phrase in my class that especially scattered people were "as forgetful as a TSer." There is a LOT of work thrown at TS students to complete in a very small amount of time. This is usually not a problem, but only for those who have not developed problems in other areas.
My chief problem, and that of many of my classmates in TS was that I needed time. Not to do my homework, necessarily, but to grow as a young person. It is extremely hard to experience normal middle- and high-school situations in a very high pressure environment. In normally paced high school, the gifted student often has time for extracurricular activities, and can deal with social situations with a measure of perspective and time. TSers, on the other hand, do not have time. We felt we [... more]
- Claire, Former Student (Class of 2006)
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