2016-10-22 / The Bullhorn

My experience with NCSSM Online program

By Grace Hardy
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This past spring, I was accepted into an online program with the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM).

The school offers both a residential and online program for high school juniors and seniors.

The online program allows students to participate in rigorous courses while remaining at their “home school.”

In this case, my home is RCS; however, I will be able to graduate from both schools, attend both proms, and am an official Corn-Dog (Unicorn/Bulldog).

The program allows students to dual enroll to enable them to have time during the regular school day to complete assigned work online. Students can take up to three online courses in their junior year, one in the first semester and two in the second semester.

I decided to take Honors Forensic Accident Investigation and Material Evidence in the first semester and Honors Molecular Genetics in the second semester.

Originally, I had wanted to be accepted into the NCSSM Residential Program.

I knew the chances of being accepted were slim, so I applied to both programs in order to increase my chances. When I saw that I was accepted into the online program but not the residential, I will admit that I was a little dismayed. Nevertheless, I accepted the online offer because I realized it would still be an amazing opportunity, even if I was not on campus.

My experience with this program thus far has been completely positive. The online resources are extremely user friendly and the professors are also exceptionally helpful. I would highly recommend that rising juniors and seniors consider applying to both the residential and online programs. More information on the application process can be found online at www.ncssm.edu.

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