a month ago
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What do I do?

So, I'm in 8th grade (by the end of spring I'll be in 9th grade) and I study in India. my dream university is Standford or Harvard University, but the problem is that I need a good amount of AP classes and stuff and I'm not sure if my school currently offers them. I don't know what to do. I've participated in many extracurricular competitions and clubs and have an above-average grade. Still, BECAUSE of my AP classes which I can't take because we aren't offered ANY, I might miss out on my dream university. What do I do?

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a month ago

Sometimes you can take AP online. Here are a few options:

The College Board: The College Board is the organization that administers AP exams. They provide a list of authorized online AP course providers on their website. You can search for courses and find providers that suit your needs: apstudents.collegeboard.org/online-learning-ap

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY): CTY offers a wide range of online AP courses for students worldwide, including those in India. The courses are designed to challenge talented students and help them excel in their academic pursuits: cty.jhu.edu/online/courses/advancedplacement/

Pennsylvania Homeschoolers AP Online: This platform offers online AP classes taught by experienced AP teachers. Students in India can join these classes and interact with classmates from around the world: aphomeschoolers.com/

Honors courses and dual enrollment courses are also beneficial but I do not know if you have the ability to take them or not. There may be some USA community colleges that allow students in other countries participate online (but it may be more expensive). If you have any more questions lmk


a month ago


I was in the same position last year and was concerned that going to a public school would destroy my shot at prestigious colleges. However, I have to say that I think if you take hold of all the academically rigorous programs in your school, as well as show interest in specific areas (your passions) outside/inside of school, colleges will see that dedication. I would look into online AP courses and if you can in 11th and 12th grade, as some schools offer, go to a nearby college for some courses as well as your own high school, that might add some more rigor to your schedule. I totally have some bias on this though, as that is something my school offers. Also, reach out to your teachers to ask about special/advanced programs or AP classes, sometimes you can't take them now but can later. I hope this helps! Good luck!


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