Last week, a thoughtful parent asked me the following question:
“My son’s high school only offers a handful of AP classes. I see other high schools offer many more. Will my son be at a disadvantage when he applies to college because he can’t take the same quantity of high-level APs?”
It is a great question, one that I have been asked many times, in fact. Your time is valuable, so I’m going to provide two answers. The short answer will allow you to close this newsletter if you are pressed for time. The longer answer will be available for you, should you have interest in the nuances.
No, your child will not be disadvantaged when he applies to college because he does not have the option to take the same amount of AP classes as students at other high schools.
This really brings up a larger factor in college admissions: no two high schools are identical in every single way. This is a truth that, I assume, you’ll agree with.