A curriculum track in high school designed to prepare a student for the rigors of study at a college or university. Usually consists of more math, science, english, and history courses than the average student takes. Contrast with general education and vo-tech.

Also, at many high schools, college prep courses are weighted such that it is well-nigh impossible for gen ed or vo-tech students to make it into the top ten or to valedictorian or salutatorian. You also end up with people getting GPAs of 4.75 on a 4.0 scale.

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