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Please Help! This Is An Odd Situation!

CollegeFreak9488CollegeFreak9488 73 replies42 threads Junior Member
Ok guys. This is going to sound......a bit crazy....... but please hear me out since I am VERY desperate for good advice.

Long story short, I got admitted into a newly opened private high school as a transfer student for my junior year. This school has literally just opened and will start it’s very first year of teaching this fall. Because of this, the school has less than 50 students. This school also does not offer any AP classes, and ONLY offers honors classes. Meaning that ALL students are required to take ONLY honors-level courses and NO regular courses AT ALL. However, I can take online APs to put on my transcript.

Is it a horrible idea to come to this school? Will colleges be very skeptical about why I left my public school for this newly opened private school when my public school offered more APs and has been open for much longer? I should mention this is also a liberal arts private school with extreme emphasis on classical languages, which however, is also what I plan to major in. Any advice?
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  • CheddarcheeseMNCheddarcheeseMN 3764 replies14 threads Senior Member
    edited August 8
    Some top private high schools don't offer any AP courses.
    Here is a story from a couple of years ago. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/06/19/eight-private-high-schools-washington-area-are-dropping-out-ap-program
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  • momtogirls2momtogirls2 1033 replies8 threads Senior Member
    honestly as long as it is an accredited high school I doubt admissions puts much thought into it. Some people transfer frequent others are in the same school system k-12. Admissions will get a school report explaining things like no aps and don't expect you to do more than what your school offers. I also don't recommend choosing a high school based on what you think looks best to a college but that is just a personal opinion.

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  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls 6814 replies2 threads Senior Member
    One daughter attended a small high school that did not have any AP classes at all. She still got into every university that she applied to with merit aid from most of them. It is common that small schools do not offer AP classes for the simple reason that there would be too few students to take them.

    A small school has some significant advantages. One is that you get to know your teachers.

    I do not know the school that you are going to at all. However, at first glance this does not seem crazy.
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  • PublisherPublisher 11892 replies161 threads Senior Member
    Because this school focuses on classical languages, an area that is also your intended major, it may be a wise move. The small size suggests that you may receive individualized attention.

    Seems as though your only concern is the lack of AP courses. Not very important in college admissions if your school does not offer them.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 84619 replies752 threads Senior Member
    Some top private high schools don't offer any AP courses.
    Here is a story from a couple of years ago. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/06/19/eight-private-high-schools-washington-area-are-dropping-out-ap-program

    While it is true that some elite high schools do not offer AP courses because they feel that their courses are better than AP courses, that may not necessarily be true for most high schools that do not offer AP courses (or alternatives like IB etc.).

    Given that this private high school is new, it is hard to tell which is the case here. Classical languages and literatures do not have AP courses, so the absence of AP courses in those areas is not surprising. But does the school have students are who advanced enough in other subjects like math and English that they would want to take AP courses in those subjects?
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  • CottonTalesCottonTales 1604 replies27 threads Senior Member
    ucbalumnus wrote: »
    Some top private high schools don't offer any AP courses.
    Here is a story from a couple of years ago. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/06/19/eight-private-high-schools-washington-area-are-dropping-out-ap-program

    While it is true that some elite high schools do not offer AP courses because they feel that their courses are better than AP courses, that may not necessarily be true for most high schools that do not offer AP courses (or alternatives like IB etc.).

    Given that this private high school is new, it is hard to tell which is the case here. Classical languages and literatures do not have AP courses, so the absence of AP courses in those areas is not surprising. But does the school have students are who advanced enough in other subjects like math and English that they would want to take AP courses in those subjects?

    AP Latin doesn't count?

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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 84619 replies752 threads Senior Member
    ucbalumnus wrote: »
    Some top private high schools don't offer any AP courses.
    Here is a story from a couple of years ago. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/06/19/eight-private-high-schools-washington-area-are-dropping-out-ap-program

    While it is true that some elite high schools do not offer AP courses because they feel that their courses are better than AP courses, that may not necessarily be true for most high schools that do not offer AP courses (or alternatives like IB etc.).

    Given that this private high school is new, it is hard to tell which is the case here. Classical languages and literatures do not have AP courses, so the absence of AP courses in those areas is not surprising. But does the school have students are who advanced enough in other subjects like math and English that they would want to take AP courses in those subjects?

    AP Latin doesn't count?

    Ok, forgot about that one.
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