High School Dropouts Right Into College? I have a student in one of my classes who sits in the back and does nothing. Despite any effort on my part to motivate the individual, he insists he will not work because he is simply counting down the days until his 16th birthday (the age students here can legally drop out of school). So I accept his right to have no desire to attend school, and join the rank of high school dropout. Best of luck to you in the future, guy! He THEN STATES, "I just want to dropout, get my GED and then go to college." My wife has a homebound student who makes use of the service since she, according to her mom, is "unreliable." The child would not complete her assignments, study, or get to school/class on time so the mother pulled her out ... but got her accepted into the homebound program (which is generally for sick students who need to miss a fair amount of time) so her daughter may keep pace with her friends. The mother later tells my wife that the student needed to be on homebound because she's "unreliable," and the mom hopes to have her daughter finish her GED and then go to college. Am I missing something here? Do students and parents have a misguided notion that college is a breeze? Sure anyone can be accepted these days as long as you can get approved for loans and the school gets its money, but am I wrong to think if you can't hack it in high school, college may be a stretch? I assess the students; perhaps they are extremely bright and aren't challenged enough. I know those kids exist, but these are not those kids. These are kids who simply do not like school, school work, due dates, etc. but "just want to get out and get a GED so I can go to college."