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Does the highschool you go to matter in the end?

I am moving to a new house and have the option of staying at the same school I have gone to for two years but I also have the chance of getting to change to go to a different school. The school I currently go to does not give me the option of taking the AP classes I want for my junior year which has been stressing me out. The new school might give me the opportunity to do so, but it isn't as great a school as the one I attended before. My friend recommended to check out the new school and another friend told me about this school that is about 15 minutes away from my house that is overall amazing. What should I do? #teaching #school #high-school #help #counseling #giving-advice

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Gil’s Answer

If the school that is about 15 minutes from your house is "overall amazing" I would recommend you check it out. It may be your best choice. But also do as your friend says and check out the new school, so you'll have a couple of options. Weigh the pros and cons of the two schools and make your decision based on the quality of the education, your chances of succeeding there, and opportunities the school has to offer. Good luck.

Thank you comment icon Thanks for the advice! Delilah
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Matthew’s Answer

Delilah, it's a very good question to consider as you continue your high school studies. Yes, the high school you attend will matter, both now and into the next season of your life. It matters now because that's the day-to-day stuff you're doing - taking courses and (hopefully) participating in various extra-curricular activities and enjoying the time there. All of that will matter later after you've graduated and begin "the next thing," whether that's college, some kind of job training program, or just taking a year off from school and working somewhere to get used to being more independent. If the second school you mentioned (not the one you attend now) has more opportunities for you to pursue for growth (academic, athletic, etc.) and ways to succeed, then I would strongly encourage you to consider this school. Taking AP classes and other challenging courses will help you become a better student and sharpen your academic skills and abilities, which will, in turn, give you a better foundation for college. Admission representatives like to see that you've challenged yourself and done the best you could with what was available to you during your time in high school. Be sure to weigh that carefully as you go forward.


Best of luck!

Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for your great advice!! :) Delilah
Thank you comment icon You're quite welcome - I'm happy to help! Matthew Armes, MS, NCC, NCSC, LPC
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Deidre Mercedes’s Answer

I would suggest that you consider the school that may offer the AP classes you desire to take. It may not be as good a school as the one you attend now but it offers what you are looking for. It would be best to find out for certain that they do indeed offer the AP courses you want. My opinion is that a school is what you make it. People might discourage you from going to one school or other but if you keep your head on your goals and work hard, in the end it does not matter. What matters is the hard work you put in which will pay off in good grades. My belief is that college are looking at your overall performance and in the end the school you attended does not matter as much as your proving that you are a good, hardworking student.

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