"And...a friend just told me that her daughter, a junior in the fall, has already taken all of the AP classes Franklin has to offer. With many colleges using AP classes as admittance markers, we can't afford to have any student who wants to attend college unable to take AP classes at their school.
People keep talking about running start...but, it is not free, nor am I ready to have my 16-17-yr-old sitting in a class with college-age young men. And, I'd like her to get to experience the social aspects of high school: dances, student clubs, etc."
My son did Running Start (in the evenings rather than during the day) and it was a great experience. However, it is a challenge to work it in and I'd bet it's harder for kids who try to make classes during the day. (High schools lose money when these students leave campus so I think there are mixed feelings there. Additionally, it adds in time to move from school to school with the problems of mixing in at high school. My experience is the many kids in Running Start are not really interested in high school activities anyway but I'm sure that isn't always true.)
One other option is UW in the High School program which I hadn't heard of before. From the UW webpage:
"Through the UW in the High School program, high school students can complete University of Washington courses - and earn UW credit - in their own classrooms with their own teachers. Students and teachers use the UW curriculum, activities, texts, tests and grading scales. Students earn a final grade over time; a grade does not depend on one exam. And students receive recognition for their UW work at most public institutions and many private ones.
The program gives those students who are unsure about their readiness for higher education the chance to experience university-level work in a familiar environment. The program also can help strengthen upper-division high school offerings, and establishes a collaborative relationship between the UW and high schools.
Courses currently available include writing in comparative literature, English composition; French, German, Spanish and Japanese; mathematics; astronomy; and earth science. UWHS will add history and information technology for the 2006-2007 school year."
This sounds like a swell idea; problem is it's only offered thru Roosevelt and Ballard. However, other students can access the program through UW Online Learning.