I'd like to get some feedback regarding HS courses and their "weight" on college applications.
My son is a sophomore at a prep school in Oakland County. He's enrolled in AP and Honors courses and holds a high GPA. Next week, he has to register for his junior classes and is torn between IB or AP.
We've contacted five schools (including Michigan) and all but ONE told us that, if the IB curriculum is offered and he DOESN'T take it, it's looked at somewhat negatively (in essence, he's "reaching for the low-hanging fruit"). Michigan was among the schools with this point of view.
My son doesn't really want to enroll in IB. He takes as much pride in his GPA as he does throwing a TD pass or striking a batter out. After hearing what these colleges have said, he's now worried that he's risking his chances of getting into one of these schools if he chooses not to enroll in IB.
Can anyone shed some light on this? Has anyone experienced this same dilemma, either personally or with their own children?