4 years ago
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Will it look bad if I get a recommendation from a 10th-grade teacher?


I'm a rising senior applying to some prestigious colleges. I asked for recommendations from my computer science and art teachers (matches my intended majors, teachers liked me) at the end of junior year. Unfortunately, this was a foolish choice, which I realized upon finding out that most of my colleges wanted teacher recommendations from core classes, and CS doesn't count for the one I most want to go to.

I secured one recommendation from my junior year physics teacher (honors), and I'm considering asking my AP Statistics teacher from tenth grade. The class is open to mostly seniors and some juniors at my class, so it's not class rigor I'm worried about, and she really liked me -- will it look bad if I ask a tenth grade teacher for recommendations?

My math teacher last year was nice, but we had some conflicts due to my disability accommodations which I think soured her view of me, and my humanities teachers' deadlines have expired. I know it was dumb of me not to check earlier, but I'm trying to do damage control- I'm just wondering if I should ask one of my humanities teachers (who likes me and has a softer deadline) if he thinks he can squeeze me in.

Thanks so much for your time.

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4 years ago

If you are super worried you don’t have to submit the CS teacher you just have it in case you do want to submit it.

Also I’d submit the CS rec letter if you are part of a CS club that s/he runs. Unless you are majoring in art directly I wouldn’t get an art rec letters. Also any humanities teacher can work whether that’s a physch geography English etc just should be humanities.

I’m in debate and I had him freshman year in class but I plan to debate all 4 years so I’ll get a rec letter from him.

Hope this helps and please comment if you need clarification as I’d be happy to help clarify!

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