Since my son's first year in high school (now finishing up Sophomore year), I have strongly encouraged him to take honors classes at school. He's a bright kid, and I told him it was very important that he be challenged in both school and on the baseball field. I told him that challenging himself in school will help him discover his own character, and the honors classes will open up opportunities for him when he's ready to narrow down what major he wants to pursue in college. He has heeded my advice, and is on track to stay in all honors courses through the rest of his high school years. But I have a nagging question in the back of my head of whether this approach has unintentionally cost him some GPA points and scouting visibility in the process.
My question is this: Will this cost my sons when getting looked at by college baseball scouts? So often I hear the GPA numbers, and my son would likely be straight A's in a college prep curriculum. Instead, he has a mix of A's and some B's, but is still doing well enough for honor roll. Does the honors vs. CP classes get any leeway on the GPA for college baseball scouts looking at a kid's academics? I've tried to encourage him by saying that a college coach that sees an athlete taking all honors classes and doing well will know the the kid has discipline in academics and can balance schoolwork with sports. But honestly, that's the dad in me speaking. Have I screwed up here and hurt his options/chances for a baseball scholarship due to a lower GPA in honors vs. what he likely would have had for CP?
I appreciate any guidance or thoughts on this. The input is very helpful.