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Gifted class gives unfair advantage to advanced students

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Gifted class gives unfair advantage to advanced students

Senior Emma Morgan works in the library.

Senior Emma Morgan works in the library.

Bailey Spencer

Senior Emma Morgan works in the library.

Bailey Spencer

Bailey Spencer

Senior Emma Morgan works in the library.

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I am second in my class. Granted I am behind about four people tied for first, but I am still second, and I did this without ever being qualified for the advanced studies class.

The reason I am so frustrated with this class is not because the “advanced” students are smarter than me, but rather because they have more opportunities to fill out scholarships and have a mentor to lead their way. I am struggling to find viable scholarships, knowing how to fill out my FAFSA, when to apply for colleges and what I should be focusing on as my senior year comes to a close.

This is in no way attacking the wonderful teacher of the independent study or any of the students, which are all great and amazing people, I only believe it is unfair to give certain students this obvious advantage.

I may not have qualified to be in the “smart kid class”, but I have better grades than some of the kids, I am more involved than some of the kids and I am still at a disadvantage. Just because some students show early signs of having advanced intelligence in elementary school does not mean that those same kids will apply themselves in the class. I have pushed myself to take six AP classes, study to 3 a.m. and pass every class in high school with an A because I am willing to sacrifice free time for the sake of my education.

While the advanced studies class may have been useful in middle school, the equivalent now is a study hall, which is valuable time to any student and unfair to only give the advanced students, that were decided as such in middle school, such a helpful class.

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