I'd like some advice. My daughter is in 8th grade. She's consistently on the honor roll and is taking Advanced Language Arts this year. Her teachers are recommending her for honors and AP classes in high school. She's a two sport athlete as well. We recently had our welcome meeting for parents of high school freshmen. Of course we are proud of her and excited about pursuing AP classes and possibly an Honors Diploma, which requires her to take and pass at least 3 AP classes, to excel in her sport and to do community volunteer work. At no time during the 4 years can her GPA fall below 3.75 in order to graduate with this honor. I think that she is capable and I want her to be challenged to be the best that she can be. She is already apprehensive about it though. But here's the rub: she loves children and is very passionate about becoming a kindergarten teacher. So it's not as if she's going to need to be highly competitive about getting into an Ivy League school! Should we be striving for these high honors or should we just have her take "normal" classes and do her sports and enjoy herself?