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Early High School Graduation

School is starting again, and something that has been circling my mind for quite a while is early graduation. Now if you’re like me, you may have negative thoughts about early graduation, because it prevents you from having your senior year experience. Here is a list of the pros and cons of early graduation.


  • You’ll get a head start on college
  • You can also save money while taking online or community college classes
  • You don’t have to deal with the stress that comes with senior year


  • There may be some extra stress when taking classes
  • Early graduation requires self-discipline and the ability to stay on course
  • You’ll miss out on certain things in your senior year
  • You’ll miss your friends

Here are the steps to take to graduate early:

  1. Determine how many credits your school requires and which ones they require. Typically, you can find this information with your counselor or maybe on your school’s website.
  2. Keep up a good GPA with your current classes. It’s easy to get behind on work and harder to catch up. Besides, It may not seem like a big deal now, but even a few bad grades add up.
  3. Take AP classes or dual enrollment classes if your school offers them. These are good ways to double up on credits. 
  4. Ask your counselor if they offer summer school classes. By the time fall comes around again, you’ll be ahead of the game.
  5.  Take SATs and ACTs. If you’re interested in early college admissions, colleges usually check your exam scores on these popular tests to determine entry.

However, early graduation isn’t for everyone. Everyone has different goals and aspires to something different. But for those who do, it requires determination, self-discipline, and will to eliminate bad habits and replace them with good ones. Even if you wish to graduate early, but still want to experience senior year, your school may offer the ability to graduate a semester early. 

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1 Comment

  • Lauren Lindsey

    This is really informational! I feel like not a lot of teachers or administration talk about early graduation, so this article is helpful in that it discusses the pros, cons, and steps to take for an early graduation! 🙂

    October 30, 2023 at 10:33 am
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