My son, a junior attending a public high school, had a very bad freshman year, academically speaking. Typical male immaturity/bad peer group/bad choices. Since then, he has buckled down and gotten the grades he is capable of: almost all A's in gifted/AP classes (3.4 UW/4.1W) and probable NMSF. However, because of his 9th grade debacle, his class rank is not even in the top 25%, nor can it ever be higher than top 20%. He is very interested in attending a more selective LAC, but I'm afraid that his rank will disqualify him outright. I have suggested re-taking one of the classes he did more poorly in, the grade of which can be used to replace the original one, but he doesn't think that his rank will be a problem. I hate to push the issue if it's not that big a deal; we've been getting along so much better and he feels like he's under enough pressure as it is. Will colleges look past his rank?