For all the high-school students out there, don't take the promise of getting into college based on advanced classes too seriously. GPA is what matters in the long run. I'm taking all IB (international baccaloreate) classes and I've been getting rejected from all the colleges near me. (having some luck in new england though) I'm watching my friends who are taking mostly regular classes get into all the colleges I'm rejected from, even though their SATs are mostly lower. Just take the dummy classes and get the easy As (I've had about 2-3 through my 4 years--all As). Forget about the Advanced classes, they'll just hurt you in the long run. I should have just taken the regular classes with all the illegal immigrants who weren't educated in their native countries. arg.