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Will B's in Very Advanced Classes Hurt Ivy Admission Odds?

Question: My son skipped a grade and has been taking rigorous courses in his high school since 9th grade. He was the only student in his entire class who took AP Calculus in 9th grade, AP Physics in 10th grade and college math in 11th grade, etc. However, he did not always reach satisfactory grades for these courses (he got some Bs instead of all As). Will this affect his chances to get into Ivies and other top-selective schools?

I read your query to my own son who is a 9th grader taking Honors Geometry ... a class that is typically considered advanced for high school freshmen, although nowhere close to what your son was doing at that age. His immediate response was an emphatic, "Calm down!!!" And, indeed, I couldn't have said it better myself.

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