Posted by: atticcat

AICE - 11/29/19 06:24 AM

My dd13 is starting high school next year.And it's promoting the AICE program,with it's 5 different subject majors.She has pulled in straight A's for the most part these past 8 years,starting in GT.She has seen what's offered with AICE,and wants to go with Arts & Humanities major.I just hate it.She takes a once a week art class for the past few years,and does most of oil painting there.How do I convince her she should take harder classes to demonstrate to colleges she applies herself?
Posted by: philly103

Re: AICE - 11/29/19 12:26 PM

My child is no where near that age but what if the arts are where she can best demonstrate how she applies herself?

I wonder the same thing myself but about the future, if my child wants to showcase a less academic oriented side of his interests.

I'll be curious what other people say since I have nothing but an opinion to offer.
Posted by: MumOfThree

Re: AICE - 11/29/19 07:34 PM

Being in Australia I can't speak directly to your situation but maybe this will help.

I have a child who has just finished their IB diploma (final exams finished a week ago, grades not yet in). The IB diploma has 6 areas they must choose one subject from, one of these areas is "Art" which could be music, visual art, film, etc. They can sacrifice their Art line for a second science or humanities subject. Where we are, most kids do that. My child did Visual Art, and Math, Chemistry, English, Spanish and History. Incidentally my child was the only History student, most did economics for their humanities, some did psychology.

Most people perceive Art as "easy". Our family has a strong art background, a close relative with a PhD in fine art, an art history professor, etc. We don't see Art as easy, in fact if we counseled against Art it would be due to the a massive workload and how incredibly hard it is to do genuinely well, yet is undervalued. Our school's IB coordinator also seems to see Art (and History) as valuable, the IB coordinator is a math specialist, knows nothing about Art but agrees the Art kids are working VERY hard. The coordinator was highly supportive of our child choosing to use the Art line for Visual Art and suggested this should actually help them stand out from all the IB kids with Chem & Bio instead of an Art.

My child plans to go on to a science degree at a top uni. Offers don't come out for about 6 weeks, so I can't tell you for sure that they will get their first choice, but their school certainly expects them to. The two years of the super balanced curriculum from IB has been wonderful.

I am not sure how useful this is to your particular schooling situation, but maybe there is some insight.
Posted by: puffin

Re: AICE - 12/01/19 12:59 PM

I don't understand the system but if you mean she is taking all art and humanities to the exclusion of all maths and science I can see your concern.
Posted by: atticcat

Re: AICE - 12/01/19 07:22 PM

My fear is the arts and humanities is not as strong a showing as math and sciene.Thank you all for giving me a different view at what it was I thought she was working against.
Posted by: atticcat

Re: AICE - 01/05/20 08:34 AM

I'm sorry,your reply went right by me.Another highshool here offers the IB program too.I preferred that diploma program for her.And because it is more difficult,another whose daughter is an exceptional student has decided against for that reason.Myself I like it for all the reasons you mention,well rounded program.I'm still in the middle of the road and the time limit to enroll is nearing.Both offer scholarships upon completion.