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Which Honors classes should I take for a strong college app?

Calling all seniors or knowledgeable juniors, I need advice! Trying to draft my schedule for next year. What Honors classes are considered most beneficial for someone planning to apply to top colleges?

7 months ago

It's great to see you're planning ahead for your schedule! As a guideline, top colleges usually look for students who have challenged themselves with a rigorous curriculum. This means enrolling in Honors, AP, IB, or dual enrollment classes wherein you can sustain strong performance. Specifically, you'll want to prioritize taking advanced classes in your area of interest or 'spike' to demonstrate depth in a particular subject.

For a balanced and challenging schedule, you should prioritize your 'core' subjects: English, Math, Science, Social Studies and Foreign Language. Including Honors classes in these subjects can strengthen your transcript. For example, if you’re interested in a STEM field, prioritize Honors or AP courses in mathematics and science. Similarly, for humanities, focus on English and Social Studies. Remember, it's not just about taking Honors courses, but also about how well you do in them and how they align with your academic and future interests.

Lastly, manage your workload so you can maintain a strong GPA, as this is critical to college admissions. Avoid overloading to the point where your grades might suffer. Balance is key! Good luck with your schedule!

7 months ago

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