I keep hearing stories about parents panicking this time of year about where their children attend secondary school and what courses they are taking. Specifically, parents tell each other that their children will have a better chance of college admission if they are enrolled at one school vs. another. Or parents obsess about whether their teen should take one course vs another during the senior year.
Some parents are uprooting their children from one high school and enrolling them in another in search of the best opportunities for their children. Others drive school counselors crazy continuously questioning if the courses chosen are the best and making schedule changes that are not necessary.
Changing schools is not necessary. Making sure that your teen takes all of the courses required for admission is important. Beyond that , it is important that teens take the most challenging courses they are ready to take. But a word of caution about challenging courses is needed. Not everyone is ready to take multiple AP classes. Some are ready to take one or advanced courses instead.
Realize that there is a college for everyone and that careful evaluation of student skills and goals should guide the courses chosen.