Updated: March 13, 2013 6:07AM
Dr. Wallace: Last month I found out that I was pregnant, and this was a really big shock for my boyfriend and me. We have not been having sex regularly, and we always used protection on the few times we did. I’m a good student in 12th grade and planned to attend UCLA after high school, but everything has changed now.
My boyfriend and I are very well suited for each other. He is in college. Our parents were very understanding and have encouraged us to get married, so we will marry during spring break. When I talked to my counselor, he said it was mandatory that I transfer to a continuation high school when my pregnancy becomes obvious.
My big concern is that when I enroll at UCLA they might be turned off because I went to a continuation high school.
Nameless, Anaheim, Calif.
Nameless: Because you’re in the 12th grade, there may be an alternative. When I was a high school principal in a district near yours (Garden Grove), we had much the same procedure regarding pregnancy. However, rather than having to attend a continuation school, you would have been allowed to finish your high school education at home. If you passed the classes, you would earn the same high school diploma as other graduates receive.
There would be no mention on your transcript that you finished high school in home instruction.
Contact your own school district officials to see if a similar program can be arranged for you.
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