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What's better: a B in Honors or an A in regular?

Tmoney94Tmoney94 Posts: 112Registered User Junior Member
edited October 2010 in High School Life
I'm a junior and I'm in Algebra 2 Honors but I'm horrible at math, and I don't see a grade higher than a B for me any time soon, at least not this quarter.

An A would be very easy for me if I dropped down to regular. However, I was in honors math last year, so colleges would see the drop from honors to regular. What should I do?
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Replies to: What's better: a B in Honors or an A in regular?

  • dhs911230dhs911230 Posts: 801Registered User Member
    If you are shooting for a competitive school, definitely honors. But if you wanna go to a decent school then regular would do.
    It's okay to have maybe one or two B's in honors. Not all B's thiough
  • Tmoney94Tmoney94 Posts: 112Registered User Junior Member
    Yeah, I'm looking at very selective schools. I'm consistently an A student in other subjects, but math is not my forte.
    Thanks
  • AUGirlAUGirl Posts: 2,874Registered User Senior Member
    I have a friend who has straight A's and a C in math consistently. It doesn't seem like it'll be a problem for her to get into any good colleges, because math is obviously not her forte.

    I wouldn't take regular if the grade was just going to be a B... A C maybe... But not for a B.

    A B is still a successful grade and getting it in an Honors course shows that you're challenging yourself. Getting an A in a regular course shows that you aren't challenging yourself.

    Colleges can see your strengths and weaknesses. As long as you aren't applying for like a math major, I wouldn't worry about that B.
  • BindersOpenBindersOpen Posts: 435Registered User Junior Member
    Well, if you're aiming for the top schools, the correct answer is none of the above: it's best to get an A in honors. Realistically, you will be competing against people who have your same level of achievements, but who ARE getting As in honors math courses. At that point, it is obvious which person the college will choose.

    That being said, I would stay in honors, but really, do bust your butt to try to get an A. Yes, it takes more time and studying, but if you try hard, your chances of getting an A are greatly increased.
  • kvothekvothe Posts: 127- New Member
    If you are:

    1. A Junior
    2. Taking Algebra 2 with Trig Honors

    You better damn well be getting an A in that class. I know kids who've gotten A's in AP Calculus BC and a 5 in 9th grade.
  • SandwichGirlSandwichGirl Posts: 1,119- Member
    I know kids who've gotten A's in AP Calculus BC and a 5 in 9th grade.

    What's your point?
  • purpleyes89purpleyes89 Posts: 24Registered User New Member
    ^^Yikes, don't be such a spazz. Math isn't easy for everyone. That one genius kid who got a 5 on Calc BC did not set the academic standard for every other student.

    If you think with a lot of hard work you can do well in Honors Algebra II, then stay with it. Don't just drop down to regular math because it will be easier. In my opinion, it would be acceptable to drop down if:
    1. you did not plan on pursuing a major/career in anything math-related (i.e. art, creative writing), and
    2. all of your other classes are hard classes
  • decrescendodecrescendo Posts: 1,160Registered User Senior Member
    If you are:

    1. A Junior
    2. Taking Algebra 2 with Trig Honors

    You better damn well be getting an A in that class.

    Hold your horses. While it's true that, for top 40 schools, you'll want an A in Algebra 2, it's not a do-or-die situation. In other words, getting a B in that won't class isn't going to mean rejection to the vast majority of top schools (leave Ivies, Stanford, and MIT out of the picture though). It's just one course, and if a student is humanities-minded and simply detests math, a B+ or even B or B- won't be the straw that breaks the camel's back. For Ivies, unfortunately, getting a B in any subject in your junior year may hurt your chances significantly.

    I know kids who've gotten A's in AP Calculus BC and a 5 in 9th grade.

    Stop exaggerating. I have a friend who left my town and went to an
  • ryanxingryanxing Posts: 1,330Registered User Member
    ^I know a freshman that's taking AP Calculus BC. His school has little restrictions on taking AP courses. Despite being in 9th grade, he not only knows single variable calculus, but also multivariable calculus and linear algebra, and he's self studying analysis. Yes, it is possible for freshmans to take Calc BC. If you look at CollegeBoard's stats, there was a freshman that took BC one or two years ago.
  • QwertyKeyQwertyKey Posts: 4,590Registered User Senior Member
    "Stop exaggerating. I have a friend who left my town and went to an
  • PeaPea Posts: 2,384Registered User Senior Member
    I know you're going to get a B but are you able to understand the math you're learning in your honors class? If you're getting it then I'd stay there. If you're in over your head then I'd take the regular math. You really shouldn't work too far beyond your ability in math. It all builds upon itself and what's the rush? As other posters have said I think the elite schools will realize that math is a weak area for you and they'll base their decision on other academic areas.
  • SOC2015SOC2015 Posts: 370Registered User Junior Member
    If you are:

    1. A Junior
    2. Taking Algebra 2 with Trig Honors

    You better damn well be getting an A in that class. I know kids who've gotten A's in AP Calculus BC and a 5 in 9th grade.

    Congratulations, do you want a cookie? Not everyone is a math nerd, you dork.
  • kvothekvothe Posts: 127- New Member
    ^ If you put in the effort you can still do well.
  • decrescendodecrescendo Posts: 1,160Registered User Senior Member
    There are in the range of about 5 or 6 every year who do so from my school. 100 is an underestimation.
    I know a freshman that's taking AP Calculus BC. His school has little restrictions on taking AP courses.

    Geez. What schools do you guys go to? I mean, for a freshman to take Calc BC, they'd have to have taken Calc AB in 8th grade. That's insane. What junior high school would teach 8th-graders calculus? Even the best math-science school in my entire state begins with Algebra II in 9th grade. And even that is impressive.
  • kvothekvothe Posts: 127- New Member
    ^ You don't need to take AB to take BC.
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