Is doing hons. Classes necessary for serious tennis players ?

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  1. dannythomas

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    My daughter is a rising 8 th grader in school. She is a highly ranked junior player. She has been allocated a number of honors classes for 8 th grade. My inclination is that this will be too much for her in view of her tennis commitments most days including absence for out of state tournaments. I would like some advice about whether her doing no honors classes would significantly affect her chances of getting into the stronger tennis colleges when the time comes. Thanks !
     
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  2. SStrikerR

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    Considering colleges don't look at middle school transcripts...not taking honors classes in 8th grade will not matter.

    What follows is my best attempt to word this lightly: if middle school honors classes are or would be too difficult for your daughter, then you should be concerned. Middle school workloads aren't heavy, no matter what classes someone is in. If a few hours can't be spared for homework/studying now, then you're being really inefficient with your time. And if you can't spare a few hours now, what's going to happen when she's in high school when grades do matter?? Or in college, when a good GPA needs to be maintained? Focus more on that than the tennis. Nobody wants to sign a player who's going to be ineligible.
     
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  3. Topspin Shot

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    It could. If she's not taking middle school honors, she almost certainly won't be taking high school honors. And this will affect her chances.
     
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    ask if she is confident that she can handle it. if she struggles or doesn't like it, then they, usually, put them in normal classes.
    unless you are interested in being a scholar, honor classes aren't a big to do.
     
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  5. dannythomas

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    Like with most kids who aspire to be pro tennis players it is a balancing act. She has to have an education. We don't want to home school her. She needs the social interaction. At the same time to give her the best chance of having a shot she spends a lot of hours on the court and misses some school through tournament commitments.
    But we are realistic. If she doesn't make it to the pro tour she will go to college and obviously her tennis will help her achieve that. She gets good results academically. I am just fact finding since unlike her I was educated outside the US . I don't want to overload her.
     
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  6. maggmaster

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    If she is capable of being on the honors track she should be on the honors track. Gifted kids will languish in school if they grow bored and a good education is so so valuable in life.
     
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    Agree with magg. 999 out of 1000, education and honors class would be the no-brainer choice. Don't be the parent who believes they have the 1.
     
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    Most real learning that shows up on ACT and SAT scores occurs in Middle School. Taking a student out of honors classes during these key years will negatively impact ACT and SAT scores.

    Will having SAT and ACT scores near the national averages be good enough to get your child into her preferred colleges? If not, keep her in the honors courses.
     
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    I fully agree with the previous poster. As you were educated outside the US you cannot imagine the low level of Math education in US schools. The rude awakening usually happens during SAT testing. So put your daughter into Honors classes, especially math classes that usually have better students and better teachers. Do not be fooled by easy As that your daughter may be having in her middle-school classes.
    Additionally if she is in Honors classes in middle school she will be put into better classes in High School. US HS may have core classes taught at 4 different levels. Better kids are usually grouped together in College Prep, Honors and AP classes. Being on a Honors track will not just provide a better education but will define who her friends will be, will keep her separate from the "wrong" crowd, etc.
    If she really has pro aspirations you will have to home-school her sooner or later anyway. Traditional school is too inefficient for a serious tennis player and they may give her hard time with absences.
     
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