<p>My school does not offer any ap classes, honors classes, IB or anything like that. However, it does have 5 community college classes sponsored through our local community college and I've taken those. Also my school is only in it's 5th year so I doubt it's well known. Kids that graduate mostly go to nearby schools like Pitt or community college. I have tried to take advantage of everything my school has offered but I feel I will be overlooked by the admissions committee. Am I really at a disadvantage?</p>

<p>Colleges like to see that you took the hardest schedule available to you. The fact that you took the most difficult classes possible will help you. The admissions committee will always look at your app in light of your opportunities.</p>

<p>How do colleges know that you took the hardest courses? How will they know what courses are offered in our High School? Do the Counselors send them overviews of the High School?</p>

<p>The common app and many others ask the counselor to indicate the rigor of your program, relative to the school's offerings. Schools also send school profiles to colleges. </p>

<p>Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I897 using CC App</p>

<p>Yes, as the above poster said, your high school will send the colleges you apply to a profile of your school. This will highlight what courses your school offers, in addition to other things.</p>

<p>They won't hold it against you if your h.s. doesn't offer APs and honors courses. So long as your GC tells them that you challenged yourself with the most difficult courses available to you, you are in the running. Make sure you practice a lot for your SATs and write some smokin' essays.</p>

<p>If you're doing the best you possibly can with what your school has, that will not be a disadvantage--guidance counselors explain that in their letters to the college.</p>