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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
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TALH nearly ruined my life. I know, I know. You're tired of not being challenged in high school and you want desperately to "belong" to a group of intellectual peers...you won't find that at TALH. Despite what's been written in the above paragraphs, there are a few "realities" you need to be aquainted with before entering any of these programs:
1.) If you transfer to a private school after graduating from TALH, odds are your credits won't transfer and the "time saved" by leaving high school early will be more than made up when you have to retake several hours of credit.
2.) The administration isn't helpful in the least. The program's director, Mary Gagne, is a pillar of ethics, character, and heart, but she is COMPLETELY out of touch with the day-to-day going's on within the TALH community. Mostly, you'll have the "pleasure" of dealing with a complete wash-out [names removed at subject's request]. They run the place as if it is there own torture chamber.
3.) Thought you were leaving high school days? THINK AGAIN - you have to spend several hours each night in a STUDY HALL that is really a euphamism for being in complete Hell. If a student is mature enough to live on their own in a strange city AMONG THE GENERAL STUDENT POPULATION then aren't we mature enough to study on our own time?
4.) Even the most minor disagreements with administration result in several hours of interrogation-style "discussions" so the admin's can determine, willy nilly, what should be done with you. They classify the "violations" a person can make, ranging from Level 1 violations for being late to class or talking out of turn, to level 4 violations such as sneaking out of your alarm-rigged gate to visit a girl on another floor. Level 4 [... more]
- John, Former Student (Class of 2000)
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