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How do you know if your child would be competitive at top schools?
Hi, I've noticed some students from top high schools are taking loads of AP classes that are not available to my son, even though his high school is the best in our area. Also, because of his interests in music and science, he dropped Spanish after freshman year, (Spanish 2) feeling he wasn't good at languages. Currently, my son is a sophomore taking:
AP world history
Band (symphonic wind ensemble and philharmonic orchestra)
Honors science research
On his own he's studying AP psych and AP environmental science and will take the exams in a couple of weeks. No idea how that will turn out, though.
Next year he hopes to take:
British Literature (he's not allowed to take AP Lit until senior year, school policy)
AP computer science
AP Calculus ab
band (same as this year)
AP physics or science research independent study.
He has an unweighted GPA of 3.98, ACT composite of 34, SAT 1430 (700 math and 730 reading) as a sophomore. Is in quiz bowl, is trying out for drum major in marching band, does science olympiad. This summer will be taking civics, spanish 3 (first half only, per the school's preferred online curriculum), and will be studying computer programming on his own. Also going to a music camp and visiting colleges.
I really don't know what his chances are of getting into a top college (he wants to be a science researcher and loves U of Chicago, Reed, Cornell, Harvey Mudd, and a number of others), and whether or not he should go back to taking Spanish at his high school, as he is very light on languages. Thanks for any insights you might have.