Hello, My 14 year-old son just started ninth grade. Last year in eighth grade in middle school, he completed a Regents ninth grade level science (living environment) class and its corresponding lab and a Regents ninth grade level advanced algebra class. He passed both Regents exams both of which go toward the Regents requirements in high school. This year, he opted to take an earth science along with honors global history, geometry (a 10th grade class), Spanish 2, honors English, gym, concert choir, and orchestra. He does not feel sufficiently challenged in earth science (Most of the students in his class are 10th graders and goof offs.) and visited his counselor today to ask to be changed to chemistry. She told him his parents need to contact the K-12 Director of Math & Science Instructional Services for our district because the director does not feel taking geometry in combination with chemistry is a good idea. I would really like some feedback here so I am prepared to discuss this with the director when she gets back to me. I called and left a message so when she returns my call, I'd like to be able to either see her point of view or be able to disagree with her intelligently with some back-up information as to why it's not such a bad idea to take geometry and chemistry together. A bit of background on my son: He made honor roll every quarter for all three years in middle school and is an overachiever who pushes himself so that my husband nor I need suggest any improvements in quality of work or study habits. He exceeds expectations across the board. In fact, he opted to skip lunch this year as he wanted to be able to take concert choir and orchestra- the arts in which he's interested. He's also not certain what he'll study in college. Right now, he says he is interested in entrepreneurship and politics so he may not even go into a scientific field. Still, he has his mind set on chemistry. Should we encourage this? Thank you in advance.