I would also like to get a clear answer on whether grades in 9th grade go to transcript for college or not. My son tells me that grades in 9th grade do not count (towards GPA) and if he gets low grades in those advanced lanes he will simply switch to lower lanes in 10th grade. But I also heard that all high school grades, (including 9th grade grades) go to transcript and that colleges look not only at GPA but transcripts and all grades in high school.
And lastly I'd like to hear recommendations of electives at Paly - video, photo, art, computer applications - which ones of those have the most inspiring teachers? This will be not a choice of subject but rather a choice of a teacher. Similar to when you are in grad school and everyone says "you have to take Professor Rubinstein class, it will be one of the few avademic experiences you will remember for the rest of your life". So who are those teachers at Paly whom you will remember for the rest of your life?