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    I'm really not enjoying sixth form at all. Over the half term holidays, I realised how much I hated it, I think I'd just been ignoring how I feel about it because there aren't a lot of other options.

    I don't like any of the people there, and my classes are so dull. The environment is extremely vapid if I'm honest.

    I'm doing three A-Levels; English Lan, Lit and ICT. I thought I'd like it at the sixth form that I'm at. Its connected to the secondary school that I went to.

    I've been looking at online schooling, to be specific the International Connections Academy. It's American style teaching, which is ideal as I hope to be able to study is the U.S one day. This is the best online school that I've seen so far, and the fact that its an American curriculum is really appealing.

    Another reason for me wanting to drop out is the fact that I get migraines almost every week. It's so tiring having to always be catching up with work. It's making me depressed. I mean, for example, last week I was off for two days, and then the last week of term was the same. I'm already weeks behind with my subjects.

    The online school isn't free, but there are good finance plans available. I haven't spoken to either of my parents about it yet because I wanted to gather some opinions, to see what other people think about it.

    Online schooling seems like a better option for me in my opinion because I won't be missing any work/classes if I have a migraine, since you do the classes whenever you want to. But you do have to do a minimum amount of hours a week though.

    I'm pretty disciplined, so actually doing the work shouldn't be a problem, but it's just making the big decision.

    Connections Academy students seem to be very successful, some of them have even gone onto universities such as Harvard, Stanford and Yale.

    But what are your thoughts?

    Thanks.
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    Do what makes you happy, I'm quitting sixth form too, to do an apprenticeship because I know I will be more happy, I'm also doing online school, do what makes you happy
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    (Original post by lilylf)
    Do what makes you happy, I'm quitting sixth form too, to do an apprenticeship because I know I will be more happy, I'm also doing online school, do what makes you happy
    An apprenticeship sounds good.

    If you don't mind me asking, what online school do you do?
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    Don't be discouraged by your migraine headaches! Vincent Van Gogh, Nietzsche, Elvis and many others suffered from migraine headaches till the end of their lives!

    Firstly, it seems that you really do hate the British curriculum. In that case, you must be absolutely sure that the educational institution 'Connections Academy' is a legitimate one and has all the accreditations necessary. I would also advise you to get in touch with a few British universities, preferably from the Russell Group. This is in order that if you become disillusioned with your American dream, you can always use whatever grades you have now to get into a British university.

    Secondly, I would advise you to carry on with your A-levels, but see if you can do them as a private candidate at your Sixth-Form. Why do I propose this?

    'I don't like any of the people there, and my classes are so dull. The environment is extremely vapid if I'm honest.'

    It appears that you dislike your learning environment much more than the actual material being studied. If you are absolutely certain that you can do independent study and still manage to get good grades then I would definitively go for that. However, if you ditch your school, you will miss out on all the resources you get for free. If you go on your own there will be nobody to mark your work for you, nor will there be any support for you if you do not understand some critical facet of your studies. In my personal honest opinion, you should carry on with your studies at school, go to a doctor to get yourself checked out.
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    (Original post by Archdukes)
    Don't be discouraged by your migraine headaches! Vincent Van Gogh, Nietzsche, Elvis and many others suffered from migraine headaches till the end of their lives!

    Firstly, it seems that you really do hate the British curriculum. In that case, you must be absolutely sure that the educational institution 'Connections Academy' is a legitimate one and has all the accreditations necessary. I would also advise you to get in touch with a few British universities, preferably from the Russell Group. This is in order that if you become disillusioned with your American dream, you can always use whatever grades you have now to get into a British university.

    Secondly, I would advise you to carry on with your A-levels, but see if you can do them as a private candidate at your Sixth-Form. Why do I propose this?

    'I don't like any of the people there, and my classes are so dull. The environment is extremely vapid if I'm honest.'

    It appears that you dislike your learning environment much more than the actual material being studied. If you are absolutely certain that you can do independent study and still manage to get good grades then I would definitively go for that. However, if you ditch your school, you will miss out on all the resources you get for free. If you go on your own there will be nobody to mark your work for you, nor will there be any support for you if you do not understand some critical facet of your studies. In my personal honest opinion, you should carry on with your studies at school, go to a doctor to get yourself checked out.
    I've done a lot of research and Connections Academy is fully accredited.

    I'll try and email a few Russell Group universities to see if they'll accept the academy qualifications, just as a backup, thanks for the suggestion!

    And how would I go around being a private candidate? Would that mean that I would no longer attend classes, but still sit exams at my current sixth form?

    I've definitely thought about the fact that sixth form is free, in comparison to a paid, online school, but I think the support that I could get at the academy would be a lot better personally for my situation.

    You get live interactive sessions with your teachers a few times a week, and you can also get them if you're struggling with something in particular.

    I have in fact been to a doctor, I've been getting migraines since I was 9, so it's always been difficult for me to stay on top of work if its been missed because of a migraine.

    Thank you for replying, you made some great points that I should think about.
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    (Original post by emilygrey99)
    An apprenticeship sounds good.

    If you don't mind me asking, what online school do you do?
    I'm doing ncc home learning, I love it so far
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    (Original post by lilylf)
    I'm doing ncc home learning, I love it so far
    Thanks for letting me know!
 
 
 
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