Hey guys! I’m a high school junior currently (11th grade). I aspire to go to a top college, Columbia and UPenn being on my top lists, but my school is very difficult. I know it seems like a complaint, but maybe it is best explained.
I take 7 APs in my school, usually because it is part of school culture. Usually if you don’t, you are already stuck at top 25% of your class. The problem is that many of my teachers refuse to give As in my classes. Some teachers don’t even have 100s as a part of the rubric. So many of my grades are high Bs instead, even when I pull quite a few all nighters trying to study. Multiple choice examinations are not a problem because a question is usually right or wrong, but they make sure to put enough essay grades that it really hurts the GPA. In addition to this, these classes don’t allow me to do many extracurricular activities. When I observe neighboring schools, they get higher grades for less amount of work.
Will colleges even take this into consideration? My school is amongst the top ten high schools in the country, but does that account for the low grades?
If my standardized test scores are perfect scores, would they understand even then?
Thank you very much for any responses made. I truly appreciate it