One of my sons went to an Ivy College. About a week before the first grades of freshman year went out they sent letters to the parents to prepare them for the fact that their kids who had always gotten A's might be getting their first B or C.I do not think that southerners are any less intelligent because they are from the south. Their intelligence is directly related to the value placed on education. As you move further south, a formal education becomes less of a priority. My kids are above average, but they would not be in the top 5% if we were back on Long Island. 15%? Maybe. My 3rd child has a 5.5 on a 4.0 scale and will be the likely valedictorian. I am happy for her, but I do keep it in perspective. She wants to go to Stanford, Harvard, or NYU. I really hope she has not been under-prepared by being down here.
Don't worry. The hardest part about these schools is getting admitted. She will rise to the challenge because I know you would not let the Southern Idiocracy rub off on her