Do schools REALLY not penalize you if your school does not offer AP/Honors

<p>I know that college claim that if your school does not offer AP/honors, they won't hold it against you, but do you guys think this may hurt me.</p>

<p>9th-11th grade I went to a school that did not offer AP/Honors, and I took easy classes (even though they were the best my school offered). I did make all A's and did decent on my SAT. 12th grade we moved and I have 2 AP ans 2 honors. So do you think the lack of AP will hurt me.</p>

<p>No. Just as long as you tell them your old school didn't offer AP.</p>

<p>I don't think so. Since your counselor will probably send a school profile for your new school, though, I'd make sure the college understands that those first three years were at a school that didn't offer AP/honors. The school where we live doesn't offer honors classes (this is a rural area and there aren't enough kids to offer multiple versions of the same subject), and very few APs, but that doesn't seem to keep the high-achieving kids from getting into great schools.</p>

<p>If you have great standardized test scores, I think they will assume that if only your school had offered AP's and honors, you would have taken them and done well on them. I think it will not hurt you. I think colleges like really to enroll smart kids from rural schools or inner city schools.</p>

<p>Ok thank you, so where would I mention In my college App. that my old school did not offer honors/AP? The 'Additional Info' spot or other?</p>

<p>I got 2040 SAT in november, and estimate about 2200 on the one I took in December. Good enough for semi-competitive school?</p>

<p>It won't hurt me!</p>

<p>You don't have to mention anything. Your guidance counselor fills out a profile of your HS. </p>

<p>You've also got to remember that the selective schools want the best candidates which show potential and will add to their communities. They know many, many "diamonds in the rough" can be found in the less traditional "feeder" schools and school districts. Good luck to you</p>

<p>no. ur counselor fills out her portion saying how many aps the school offers. u will be fine</p>

<p>"Your guidance counselor fills out a profile of your HS"</p>

<p>So, would I need to get the guidance councelor from my old school to fill out this profile of my old school?</p>

<p>You're in a rare situation because you transferred from an AP-poor to an AP-rich school. Do make sure you note it in the 'additional comments' section of your application...</p>

<p>I'd put it in the additional information section, absolutely. You can even, as a courtesy, give them the name and contact info for your old school counselor. They may not use it, but it shows that you expect them to verify it. Don't rely on your current school counselor to get this right. Do it yourself.</p>