One thing that always disappoints me about the event, though, is that the students who really need help and guidance usually don't show up. The event is typically populated by the students and parents who already care a lot of school and student success. The most frequently asked question I get is "should I take AP or not next year?" When I ask what course they're currently in, I'm usually told "I'm already in AP this year, I was just curious if it gets much harder." While it's perfectly fine for these students to ask, they're the ones already doing well. If a student already is in an honors course, getting an A or B, and has the foresight to show up after school and inquire about their future, chances are they're a pretty mature and forward-thinking individual. They probably don't need an event like this to help them make decisions. It's the struggling students, however, that stay home. As a result, the smart get smarter, like the rest miss out.
Obviously, that's no reason to cancel the event. People must like it enough to keep having it year after year, but it's sad the evening doesn't seem to break the cycle. Of course, student life beyond the school walls is one of the biggest indicators of student success...and the one thing teachers are unable to fix.