High School Courses

Portrait of the Senior as A College Applicant

This is the time of the year when so-called “rising” seniors start to wonder what their college futures will hold. Most well-prepared rising seniors use the summer before their senior year to square away their thoughts about which colleges they will pursue and what details are involved in doing that. Of course, the Common Application ...

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A Process for Academic Success

For those of you high school students dreaming about going to college, what are your criteria for success? Do you have some kind of special mental image of yourself prospering academically, socially, and possibly athletically during your years behind the ivy walls? Visualization can be an important part of your preparation for college. You may ...

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What Honors and Awards Should Go on My Common App?

Question: I am doing the Common App and had a question. For Honors and Awards, I am not sure what I am supposed to put. When I researched this online, it said that I should put what I was nominated for. So, I searched my stuff to find everything and have 6 things: Foreign Language ...

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Zoology Programs in Texas?

Question: I am currently a junior in high school. I was wondering if there are any colleges in Texas that have a class in Zoology. I am really interested in a career in where I get to study animals, especially in their habitats. Thank you, this would really mean a lot and I’d have a ...

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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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Which Senior Math Class Will Boost Ivy Odds?

What math course should I take in my senior year in order to have a great chance of earning acceptance to an Ivy League school if I am currently a sophomore enrolled in Precalculus? The Ivy League colleges expect that the majority of their admitted students will have taken the “Most Demanding” course load available ...

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