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Three Predictions for 2016

The New Year is less than one week old. If you’re like many people, your head is pivoting 180 degrees, looking back at 2015 and then forward to 2016. History teaches us lessons from which we don’t always learn. Our hopes for the future more often than not are tempered by the realities of circumstances, ...

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Will No Pre-Calc Torpedo Elite-College Chances?

Question: Our son intends to study Latin, German and Classics in college. He attends a private college prep HS and has strong credentials – lots of AP and honors. However, he opted out of Honors Algebra II, a prerequisite for Pre-calc, and has been told by his counselor that he has effectively eliminated the possibility ...

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Our High School Rarely Sends Students to Top Colleges

Question: My child is very highly ranked in her class, has an A+ GPA and good SAT scores. But our high school does not have a history of sending many students to “top colleges.” The school could not provide me with any summary information and does not participate in the Naviance service. Will her high ...

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Must IB Student Take AP Exams, Too?

Question: My school adopted this system called the IB Program. We choose the courses that we all want to take (limit is 6) and we are required to make 3 or 4 of the courses higher level, and the rest standard level. Apparently, HL courses count as AP exams, and so we are never required ...

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Should Son With Low GPA Leave Rigorous High School?

Question: My son currently attends a very pricey and academically rigorous private school. He will be a junior in the fall and for the last two years his grade point average has not been higher than a 2.0. I have been very tempted to move him to another school that is less challenging. The problem ...

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Will Skipping Honors in Math Torpedo College Acceptances?

Questions: Selective schools want students to have taken the most challenging courses available to them. I’ve taken honors classes in all core subjects EXCEPT for math where I take the accelerated classes. It still means I will take calculus my senior year. Does this put me out of the running at a selective school (not ...

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Must Daughter With ASL Credits Take Spanish in Grade 12?

Question: My high school junior has taken honors classes throughout middle school, and AP courses throughout high school. She completed two language credits in middle school and one in high school, as well as taking a 4 yr. course in child development which counts as a language credit (for American Sign Language). She is being ...

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Will B’s in Very Advanced Classes Hurt Ivy Admission Odds?

Question: My son skipped a grade and has been taking rigorous courses in his high school since 9th grade. He was the only student in his entire class who took AP Calculus in 9th grade, AP Physics in 10th grade and college math in 11th grade, etc. However, he did not always reach satisfactory grades ...

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Getting In: Mistaken Assumptions?

In my humble opinion, conventional wisdom is a lot like stereotypes. They can both lead to miscalculation and, ultimately, disappointment, especially in the confusing and seemingly perilous world of college admissions. One example of conventional wisdom might be the “More is better” mindset. If two letters of reference are required, then four could be twice ...

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Physics Class: Pass/Fail … or Bail?

Question: My daughter is an A-Honor Roll junior who took Biology as a freshman and Chemistry as a sophomore. She is taking Physics this year while taking Algebra 2/Trig. We just found out at parent/teacher conferences, after 2 months in the class, that having Alg. 2/Trig is required to do well in the class (although ...

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