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Why Is Scholarship Student Excluded from Top Classes?

Question: Is it true that colleges are looking for students that take the more difficult courses? My son who has an A in chemistry is being discouraged from taking an advanced bio course. He has an A- in math and has been encouraged to go into the “easier" pre calculus class. He is in a private school and an all around strong student.

I think they want the spots for wealthier children; he is receiving financial aid. I am not usually prone to paranoia.

Yes, you're right. College admission officials (especially at the most sought-after schools) do seek students who have challenged themselves academically by taking the highest level classes they can handle.

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