SAS has been the most influential academic step I have taken in my life. As a sophomore when I first received the letter inviting me to hear about this program, I wondered if I would be able to pursue this rigorous academic path while enjoying "the high school experience". I decided to take a leap and joined SAS. I made a great group of friends, a small close knit group that I could always count on for advice and company. I still had time to do other things like hang out or go out on the weekends. I still play for club, state, region and Junior Olympic water polo, NHS, community service as well as dance.
Even the IB program at my former magnet school was no match to the academic course load I encountered at SAS. Starting from summer term before my junior year, I piled on classes geared towards my future major with pre-medical requirements. I would like to go to medical school one day and become a doctor. I had evening classes and lots of homework but I moved so far ahead of where I would have been by staying at my former high school IB magnet.
I was reaching my potential and earning so many credits for free. I will graduate from high school as a mature independent person with over 90 college credits. It has amped up my university applications beyond my expectations and has opened so many doors for me for college admissions after high school. SAS has allowed me to get accepted into all my universities with scholarships, some even full scholarships and yes, I still have a life. SAS comes with its sacrifices of time but with the right goal and determination, you'll come out of it as an impeccable and extremely strong student beyond what a regular high school can even begin to provide you. I have had no regrets.
School for Advanced Studies, Class of 2012
Florida Atlantic University (Medical School Program), Class of 2017