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Foreign Language advice PLEASE!
My HS uses foreign language in calculating class rank. This stinks because some people had languages classes available during middle school and are now done with their language requirements. My middle school didn’t have them available and now I have to do my Spanish classes during HS. The fact that they’re regular classes (with no multiplier) drags me down in the ranks because others are taking AP electives that’s have a huge multiplier. I am a strong student and have a decent shot at upper tier schools like Rice and Vanderbilt but I know colleges prefer more than two years of foreign language. I’m almost done with the two years required by my district. It’s a conundrum because if I take a third year of Spanish, just to “look good” for colleges, the regular class will definitely yank me out of my current rank of #2 (out of 790 students). In addition, the Spanish teachers at our school stink. They don’t teach well and love handing out B’s. (Not all teachers are equal, right? Bear that in mind in this case) What would you do? Take the class but lose your rank? Or hold tight to your rank and be done with Spanish? Can you think of any alternatives? Thanks for your advice.14 replies