I think what colleges look at is whether a student is challenging themselves. According to our Guidance Department, this is exactly what a college is looking for. They would prefer a student get an A or a B in an Accelerated course instead of a C in an Honors course. They want to know the student can tell what level challenges them, and that the student puts forth effort.Everyone is not an Honors student, and everyone will not attend Harvard. There are a multitude of schools out there that cater to every sort of student, and something they do seem to have in common is that they want a heterogenous student body. They don't want everyone to be good in the same areas. They want balance across their student body, and that could mean that each student is strong in a different area which gives them a well-rounded student body.I also think that parents are putting too much pressure on their kids to get into what the parents deem to be the 'right' school. I think the school that provides the best educational experience for a student is the right school for that student.