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Will Colleges Count My Middle School Spanish Classes?

Question: I took Spanish classes all throughout middle school (Spanish A/B in sixth grade, Spanish 1 in 7th, and Spanish 2 in 8th). Consequently, I started off freshman year in high school in Spanish 3 HP, and sophomore year in Spanish 4 AP. How many years of foreign language would this count as? Should I take Spanish 5 AP senior year as well?

Your 6th grade Spanish class will not count towards your years of language completed, but your Spanish I and II classes in grades 7 and 8 will. So, it sounds like you have had four years of Spanish already. (Are you not taking it this year, as a junior?) You do not have to take any more Spanish, even if applying to highly selective colleges, so your decision about taking AP Spanish 5 as a senior is really up to you. If you want to do it, and it fits in your schedule without forcing you to give up other classes that you wish---or need--to take, then go ahead and do the extra year of Spanish. You don't mention whether you took an AP exam after you finished Spanish 4 AP. If not, and you're good at Spanish, you might want to take the senior AP class and then the exam, with the hope of earning some college credit.

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