Hello there! My son is in grade 8 and we are about to start the high school course selection process. I am a little baffled about what his abilities are. His grades are mostly A or A minus with last term having a first B plus in a few years. Grades seem inflated (to me). State scores show him high for math and average for our (very competitive) town in english. My goal for him is to not be super-stressed, (not an Ivy-bound kid) but I'm told he will socially fit in best in honors classes. I'm also told the teachers are way better. I know of several kids who have been kept out of honors classes and having known these kids a long time, I find this strange. Parents feel the school is trying to keep the numbers lower. I guess my question is .. how do you determine the best level of classes in high school?