Proponents of grade-skipping often cite its beneficial effects on intellectual development, as stated by the organization Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents. However, many who skip grades feel themselves socially unprepared to deal with older peer groups,
NESCA notes that many students who consider skipping a grade are already at or near the top of their classes and are likely not as academically challenged as they could be. By accelerating into higher grades, these students could learn at their full potential rather than at the level of their previous class. However, emotional intelligence does not always follow academic intelligence, and many students who are academically prepared for a higher grade may not be able to handle the different social expectations. For these students, it might be better to consider other options. For instance, in lieu of accelerating an entire grade, many students can accelerate in one or two subjects in which they excel. This allows them to remain with their peer group while still being academically challenged. For students who might not be quite ready to accelerate in a subject and potentially miss learning the material, honors and Advanced Placement courses are also an option. Gifted students in high school can also consider early college programs.