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How Important are AP Level Foreign Language Courses in High School to Dartmouth Admissions??
Daughter reviewed the Dartmouth admissions website and is applying Early Decisions -- she knows that 3 years of high school foreign language are recommended and 4 years are preferred; she took Spanish I and II in middle school and placed into Spanish III (Pre-AP Spanish) for freshman year of high school, so her transcript shows 3 years of a foreign language as having been fulfilled for high school diploma. The high school Spanish teacher (who taught Pre-AP Spanish III in 9th grade and was the school's only Spanish teacher) had developed early dementia and would mix up the students' grades, among many other things (she retired two years later) and the class was a huge waste of time, with many students at academically rigorous public high school being given C's, D's, etc. (and no admissions officer needs to hear this excuse--guessing these unfortunate types of situations arise for most high schools students at some point with some class(es). The upshot is that she chose to drop high school Spanish for her own peace of mind, knowing it might hurt her HS transcript/college apps, but it was the right choice for her, given the circumstances). In order to take more rigorous AP classes and pursue ECs, she did not switch into beginner levels of a new foreign language (French/Latin) for the remainder of high school (10th-12th grades). This spring, she will graduate with a rigorous high school curriculum that includes 16 AP classes with extremely high grades in the classes and high AP exam scores (mostly 5s)) so far--but only Pre-AP Spanish III in 9th for her foreign language. Does anyone know how much emphasis Dartmouth places on the recommended (3 years)/preferred (4 years) high school foreign language? Is there anyone reading this who applied having only taken a foreign language class (level III/Pre-AP) in 9th grade (even though the AP levels were offered at the high school) who was accepted to Dartmouth?8 replies