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Algebra for 7th Grader?

Question: I have a son entering the 7th grade. There are some students who are starting Algebra I this year. This will put them on a track to take higher level mathematics in high school. We are considering this for our son. Do colleges place a lot of weight on classes beyond calculus? Is it better to push ahead or take Algebra I in the 8th grade, which would probably give the student a better understanding of the subject? Our son is motivated and an A student. We don't know how important the math track is to top-college admission.

The hardest decision I've encountered as a parent is knowing when to push my son and when to step back. Granted, my son is only 11, so nothing has been all that hard so far (no drivers' license yet!) and the teen years still lie in wait. But, still, I do sometimes struggle when deciding how much to push (or nag!).

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