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Tiny Dip or Downward Trend in Grades?

Question: My daughter had all A's in the most rigorous courses in 9th and 10th grades, but received one A- in an AP Spanish course first semester of 11th and a B+ in Honors Precalculus second semester of 11th. The remainder of her grades are all A's. Will the A- and B+ in her junior year be viewed as a "downward trend," or will colleges see that her overall record is still extremely strong? After 10th grade, she was ranked first in her class of 700, but she's probably now dropped a few places.

Colleges will not see a tiny tumble such as the one you describe as anything close to a downward spiral. Certainly your daughter’s overall record is strong, and it will be viewed that way.

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