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We are parents who failed to plan for our child’s 11th and 12th grade curriculum in the 8th grade.
Our son attends a Catholic High School and is a sophomore. The school requires a full-credit course in Christian Doctrine every year, 1 year of Art, which he has not taken yet, and a fixed course load. Currently, he is taking Latin and Spanish for the second year – the second language was his choice.
In short, there is no way he can replicate the appearance of rigor his public school peers have the flexibility to create. He will need to make choices between the years of math, science, and language he completes, the number of languages, and the number and type of AP classes he takes.
For a student without medical school or engineering ambitions and a test/gpa profile below the Ivies, but solidly in the next tier, how do you prioritize without doing harm? We are leaning toward two years of science (chemistry and physics) to provide flexibility, but uncertain.
Are Catholic High School Students at a disadvantage in this world of course padding?
Your thoughts are appreciated, thank you.
Todd Johnson says
The good news here is that colleges are aware that different high schools have different requirements and it is often difficult to have the ideal curriculum. At the very least I would shoot for 4 years of English. The ability to communicate is important for all jobs. After that I would aim for at least 3 years of math and 3 years of social. Two years of science might be alright assuming he is not a science kid. Colleges do take the interests of the student into account. Normally 2 years of a single foreign language would be a minimum but since he is already doubling up on foreign languages I assume this is something he likes.
I wouldn’t say kids at parochial schools are necessarily at a disadvantage but having a take a religion course each year does reduce the available options.