It’s that time of year again, when high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors select their courses for the next academic year. Many students and parents agonize over these choices. In general, the more selective the college a student aims for, the more rigorous the courseload ought to be; however, a full complement of honors and/or AP courses simply isn’t realistic or sustainable for every student.
On the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, host Ian Fisher welcomed three College Coach experts to explore the role of senior year grades in admission decisions, strategies for the University of Southern California’s essay prompts, and the net price calculator tool found on individual college websites. Listen to the complete show on the Voice America network or by searching for Getting In: A College Coach Conversation wherever you get your podcasts.
At this time of year, my colleagues and I begin to field a lot of questions about high school selection. “Does it matter where my student goes to high school?” “How will colleges compare High School A to High School B?” “Is it true that going to private school helps a student in the college admission process?” Whether the questions are from the younger siblings of our clients or a friendly neighbor down the street, the families are asking simply because they want to guarantee that their students start high school off on the right foot.