Preparing for College

Must Soph in Spanish 4 Continue Language Study?

Question: My daughter is an honors sophomore student. She is planning on taking her AP coursework next year. Currently my daughter is in Spanish 4 and has been on this accelerated track since middle school. My confusion lies in the idea that she is already ahead of many of her peers and is in a senior level class. If colleges require three to four years of a continuous language, hasn't she already attained that? She could have easily switched languages freshman year and not have challenged herself. She can take Spanish 5/6 next year or could start a two year run of another language. My daughter would prefer the latter. Her guidance department is split on the idea that colleges will view her only as taking two years of Spanish instead of four. As a college administrator, what is your opinion?

For starters, let's set the record straight. This "Dean" has never been an official dean of anything, and never a "college administrator," unless you count being an admission counselor and part-time writer of college propaganda (where I occasionally and unofficially created a little college policy along the way.)

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