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Where I'm from they have a gifted middle school that they send these kids to.
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I graduated at 16 I wished I was the same age as everyone else...I moved here (from Jamaica) in the 3 rd grade
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Yeah...I skipped a grade (3rd grade) and just turned 17 a month and a half prior to graduation. I have no social problems or anything. I say you should skip them if you believe they can handle it...if not, don't. Most people that were supposed to be skipped with me didn't get skipped, their parents didn't let them. I didn't know I was skipped until I got into 6th grade and I was 10 while everyone else was 11.
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they wanted to skip my lil sister but my mom said no...thinking she would have social issues but she gets bored in class.  but what they do is that she goes to 3rd grade for math and reading. 

my bf graduated high school at 16 and bachelors at 20. she skipped 2 grades.


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Originally posted by Sang Froid Sang Froid wrote:

Where I'm from they have a gifted middle school that they send these kids to.



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I wouldn't want my kids skipping too many grade levels. Social maturity is a big deal.
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I have somewhat strong feelings about it.  Both my sons could have skipped kindergarten and one both kindergarten and first grade.  I opted to keep them with their peers.  We supplement at home and would continue to do so so I did not see the point of skipping them.  

One of my sons who is now in second grade was doing second grade work in kindergarten.  Instead of skipping him, they allowed him to go to the second grade room only for reading and math and the rest of his day was spent in kindergarten.  He was bullied, called a stupid baby, stopped wanting to go to school and at one point actually pooped his pants.  I said absolutely not, no way.  

My daughter on the other hand has a late birthday.  We started her on time which seemed early since most of the kids would turn 6 in kindergarten.  She has struggled to fit in socially as she has always been less mature than her classmates, hit puberty later, etc.  Sports really saved her.  

For my sons, it's still a struggle finding challenging work for them but we just learned about a program called Highly Capable Learners for which he's been nominated.  The school district provides curriculum that he can do in his classroom with his peers.  I think that is great.

Just because a kid reads well or is great at math doesn't mean they are cognitively on the same level as kids who work on their level.  The class discussions are really helpful and age-appropriate.  

I volunteer in all my kids classes and see both the pros and cons to skipping.  They fit in so well but get bored easily with the work 
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Originally posted by juniordetective juniordetective wrote:

Yeah...I skipped a grade (3rd grade) and just turned 17 a month and a half prior to graduation. I have no social problems or anything. I say you should skip them if you believe they can handle it...if not, don't. Most people that were supposed to be skipped with me didn't get skipped, their parents didn't let them. I didn't know I was skipped until I got into 6th grade and I was 10 while everyone else was 11.



I know people who graduated at 17. Imo, that's not that bad. 17-18 is kinda normal.

But in the rare cases where there are people 14, 15, 16 going to college .... that's where social problems happen
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BTW I also could have skipped but my parents didn't.  I did to running start and graduate a 2-yr college at 18 years old.  Interestingly enough, my two closest friends graduated high school the year before me and most of my friend were older even then.  I wonder in hindsight if it really would have hurt me to be skipped.
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I can see the pros of skipping a child though, especially when so many school districts are cash-strapped and cut acceleration/gifted programs early when cuts need to be made. As long as the child is being nurtured socially (which often doesn't happen) then it's better to skip, than to move to a more competitive school or be bored among one's peers.

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I skipped a grade. My parents were split on the decision, but my father ultimately won.
There is a period of not feeling like you belong, but you get over it.
I'm all for kids skipping grades.
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