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Leaving home for school life
作者:21ST    来源:高中版第246期    日期: 2010-03-24
Leaving home for school life

外研版高二年级:Highlights of My Senior Year

关键词:School life, teenage activities

话题归类:学校生活School life

ALLISON Sheridan had always been schooled (教育) at home. But recently she made a big decision - she wanted to go to a public high school.

That meant facing a lot of new experiences - classmates, teachers, tests and especially homework.

"I didn't have homework when I was home-schooled," Allison said. "You just worked until you were finished with whatever you had to do on a certain day."

Allison, now a junior at Summit Preparatory Charter High School in Redwood City, California, was among the many students who get their education somewhere other than a traditional school setting (环境).

When she was home-schooled, Allison studied English, history, math and French under the guidance (指导) of her mother.

But now she has a desire (期望) for a different social atmosphere (氛围) as well as to prepare for college. "I wanted to experience school before college. It probably wouldn't be a good idea for me to be home-schooled through high school and then go to college all alone," Allison said.

Courtney Wallace, a sophomore (二年级) at Homestead High School in Cupertino, California was home-schooled through eighth grade.

Besides taking art and science classes, as Allison did, Courtney practised gymnastics (体操) at Sunnyvale Gymnastics Club. She also swam at Sunnyvale Swim Club, played the flute (长笛) in a band of home-schoolers and took ballet (芭蕾) classes at the Pacific Ballet Academy in Mountain View, California.

Like Allison, Courtney also decided to attend a public high school. "I had just always wanted to know what school was like," Courtney said, "so I decided to go to high school and find out."

High school has been mostly what she expected, Courtney said, although she did have to make adjustments (适应). "I was a little afraid of taking tests and getting a lot of homework. I got used to taking tests, and I didn't get as much homework as I was afraid I would," Wallace said.

Courtney also said her high school experience has been fun because of the people she met. She said her friends did not find it unusual that she was home-schooled. Instead, "they just wanted to know what it was like."

By Thirii Myint

关键词:外研版 高二 Highlights of My Senior Year 学校生活School life



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