“Adam,” a Hispanic high school junior in California, is “a bright, hard-working student who has lived a tough life, yet still maintains a very positive attitude about his future,” writes an adult who’s come to know him. Despite his excellent grades, he’s not prepared for college, she fears.
Here’s an excerpt from an e-mail he sent her:
. . . last year i reported some of my teachers who didn’t teach me to the state, all we did was watch “R”movies and my other teacher fight and drew chairs, but the school did nothing and they gave me “A’s.
(The principal) is doing nothing about it he tells my mom that the SCHOOL has more rights and power than me and the parent.
As an A student, he’ll get into college, even with low test scores. But he’ll be assigned to remedial English with all the other students who were cheated out of a college-prep education by low expectations. He’d like to improve his writing skills now.
I suggested he ask his English teacher for help, as the first step. You never know till you ask. He also could check into community college courses he could take over the summer.
Another option is EPGY (Education Program for Gifted Youth), which offers online grammar and writing classes in addition to an array of math and science classes. However, Adam will need a scholarship. The grammar course costs $495; expository writing costs $600.
Adam is willing to try anything to achieve his college goals. Teachers (and others), what would you advise to help Adam prepare for college?