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Subject:  Re: Help in highschool subjects Date:  5/23/2007  8:40 AM
Author:  2gifts Number:  6675 of 6776

Can you please share your opinion on how much work will be there in high school? How these honors subjects going to count for collage application requirements? If one takes more honors will they be more preferable for collage admissions? Will there be any preference for one subject over other, if she need to choose some? Whatif if she gets B's in all subject or in one or more, how that is going to effect in collage applications?

My kids are sophomores in high school and according to their guidance department, colleges want to see a child be challenged and do well in their courses. That means that a college would prefer to see an A or a B in an Accelerated course over a C in an Honors course because that would mean the child is challenged enough and is working to their capacity.

Neither of my kids are in Honors classes, and that's fine with me. I notice that the kids with Honors classes have an exceptional amount of work to do, and it seems to me that they spend more time doing that and have little time for other things. In our school, Honors classes are more self-directed, so if your daughter is independent and a self-directed student, she will do fine. This may be something you want to ask the guidance department.

I think that 4 Honors courses is a lot, so you might want to see what those are in. For instance, if she wants to go into engineering, then having Honors Math and Science would be good, but Honors Social Studies won't add much, so perhaps she could ratchet down on that one.

Personally, I wouldn't go above 3 Honors courses for the work load, but you know your child and should decide if she can handle it. I also think she should be able to change out of a class and drop down in the first few weeks of school. That's standard at most schools, but the challenge then becomes getting everything into her schedule.

Talk to Guidance some more about this. See if they can give you a few names of parents or students who have taken that many courses, and get their take on it. It might give you some more information with which to work and make a good decision. Make the decision be hers, though, so that she accepts whichever way she goes and is engaged in what she has to do.

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