Are my classes rigorous enough for Ivie's or should I change my junior year classes?

<p>Hello everyone,</p>

<p>My school is a very rigorous public high school. Our district is ranked number 2 in California and our high school is ranked number 9 in California.</p>

<p>11th grade
AP U.S. History
AP English
AP Calculus AB
Honors Physics
Korean 4
Journalism/Newspaper</p>

<p>Questions:</p>

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<li><p>Do you think I should change my current Junior Year to be competitive enough for Ivy League Colleges? (Assuming i get straight A-'s/A's)
I could switch Honors Physics to AP Biology or Journalism to AP Biology.</p></li>
<li><p>Does taking Korean look very bad in terms of class rigor if I am Korean but born in America?</p></li>
<li><p>Is journalism/newspaper worth it? If I am a content editor of a section junior year and then a section editor or Editor-in-chief senior year, is that better than taking two AP classes? (Since I would be taking journalism for two years)</p></li>
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<p>I know that grades aren't the only factor in college admissions, but in terms of just class rigor is it enough as it is? or should I change it?</p>

<p>Thank you for all your help.</p>

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<li> This really depends on your particular situation. Are you a native Korean speaker, do you speak it at home? Are you learning things in Korean 4 which are beyond what you have learned out of class or are you just cruising? Have you taken another FL?</li>
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<p>What school do you go to that teaches Korean? I wish my school taught Korean.</p>

<p>What do you want to study in college? </p>

<p>Take AP Bio if you're interested in it, otherwise there is no sense in suffering.</p>

<p>entomom: Could colleges even know or find out if I was a native speaker or not though? And no, I haven't taken another foreign language.</p>

<p>marcosanfilippo: yeah our school has a lot of Koreans that's why they added it in im guessing.</p>

<p>tkdkid: I want to go into business. So I guess I don't necessarily need the class, but my concern is if my schedule is rigorous enough.</p>

<p>Your counselor will have to rate the rigor of your course load against what's available at your school. For a shot at any ivy, you will want the 'most rigorous' box checked. Always make sure you're taking the hardest load possible at your school.</p>

<p>If you don't need AP Bio, don't take it. Instead do more extracurriculars. Enter some essay contexts/newspaper contests or a physics olympiad. Rigor is important, but it's more important to excel in what you like to do.</p>

<p>Remember that colleges also consider your background... Ask yourself this: how rigorous is your coursework compared to your fellow students?</p>

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entomom: Could colleges even know or find out if I was a native speaker or not though?

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<p>I don't give responses to questions like this. First, because I can't guarantee it either way. And second, because I answer on the presumption that people are telling the truth. </p>

<p>There are many possible reasons why someone might take coursework in what is considered their native language: parent who spoke the language died, grammar not learned at home, parents trying to assimilate, etc.</p>

<p>edit: nevermind, this looks fine</p>

<p>You're fine, assuming you do well in those classes.</p>