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Old Jun 22nd 2016, 11:21 pm
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UK to Cincinnati relocation post GCSEs, the move is looking highly likely a year from now and I'm trying to work out what the options would for our youngest son at that stage education wise. He's a very high achiever both academically and in sport (takes after his father)! All advice welcome.
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Old Jun 22nd 2016, 11:28 pm
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Would probably need to get his GED (high school diploma) which is basically like taking a bunch of a-levels. He could do this at community college
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UK to Cincinnati relocation post GCSEs, the move is looking highly likely a year from now and I'm trying to work out what the options would for our youngest son at that stage education wise. He's a very high achiever both academically and in sport (takes after his father)! All advice welcome.
Our two high-fliers are in high school here. #1 son graduated a couple of weeks back, and is awaiting his sort of A level equivalents before going back to the UK for Uni.

Its CRITICAL to push very hard to get the school to convert your son's GCSE results into an equivalent GPA. You may (according to other posters here) have to shop around a bit, and you will then have to choose where you are going to live on the basis of the high school which accepts you - here you have to be in the school's catchment area, there seem to be no free passes like in the UK.

The next step, as a high flyer, will be for him to select his curriculum choices to suit, and get accepted for whatever AP courses he can manage. AP helps short circuit a year off college, under some circumstances.

We are very lucky, living in the home town of Penn State University, the high school is fantastic. Your mileage may vary.....

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Would probably need to get his GED (high school diploma) which is basically like taking a bunch of a-levels. He could do this at community college
Holding a GED is going to make him look like a drop-out or an ex-con (those are the groups that mostly need to get a GED after, for whatever reason, not completing regular high school), so pretty much anything would be better than opting for a GED.

SteveQ's advice is good, others have reported similar approaches. It is going to be tough to make the switch, and for his career and future, I would argue that deferring leaving the UK would be preferable.
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Our two high-fliers are in high school here. #1 son graduated a couple of weeks back, and is awaiting his sort of A level equivalents before going back to the UK for Uni.

Its CRITICAL to push very hard to get the school to convert your son's GCSE results into an equivalent GPA. You may (according to other posters here) have to shop around a bit, and you will then have to choose where you are going to live on the basis of the high school which accepts you - here you have to be in the school's catchment area, there seem to be no free passes like in the UK.

The next step, as a high flyer, will be for him to select his curriculum choices to suit, and get accepted for whatever AP courses he can manage. AP helps short circuit a year off college, under some circumstances.

We are very lucky, living in the home town of Penn State University, the high school is fantastic. Your mileage may vary.....

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Steveq is absolutely right about getting GPA credit for UK studies if you think your son will go to university here in the USA. Not quite so critical for going back to the UK for university. What are the uni plans?

Ignore madpooper. That is exceptionally bad advice no matter where your son goes to uni.

He will be looking at graduating from high school in the USA so not only will he have AP courses and exams to take, he will have to take the compulsory ones determined by your state - usually US history, Health are the ones that are missing from non-usa students. When you decide where you are going to be living then look at the school district website for graduation requirements. Ask the school specifically about GPA credit for courses studied outside of the school district - some do, some don't. Ours didn't and it made it harder for our daughter.
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Much appreciated, great advice Steve, Petite, really helpful Needless to say our eldest son, a full time qualified tennis coach is relishing the opportunity to move. Thanks again, Emma
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Much appreciated, great advice Steve, Petite, really helpful � ���� Needless to say our eldest son, a full time qualified tennis coach is relishing the opportunity to move. Thanks again, Emma
May I ask what basis your family is moving to the USA on? Are you married to a US Citizen (or are one yourself), or are you getting visas? If your eldest son is 21 or older, he will need his own visa / basis to stay in the USA (like getting citizenship from a US parent). Same applies for when your son who is still doing his GCSEs turns 21.
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