How many AP courses should I take?

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Sharon Rosnick Points0
A student should take as many A courses that they can throughout their high school career. Being mindful to taking A classes that the, student feels confident that they will do well in. For some that is 1 to 2 A classes and to others it maybe a full schedule of AP classes. One of the things colleges to look at and consider is how much rigor a student is able to handle successfully.
Janice Kirn-Sottilaro Points0
Wow! Lots of good questions on this forum. We understand colleges want applicants that have engaged in a demanding program while in HS thus, the desire on the part of students to enroll in AP courses. On the other hand, if you do not believe you can achieve AND maintain a high B to an A average, it is best to step down and enroll in courses at the Honors level. We want you to be challenged, colleges want you to be challenged but, not at the expense of your overall GPA. If you want to present a strong transcript, my suggestion would be to enroll in two AP courses; one junior year and one senior year. In this way, you will have 2 AP courses on your transcript to present while the other classes, can be at the Honors level. The same rule of thumb should apply to the Honors level courses as with the AP courses - it is important for you to achieve and maintain a high B to A average. College is demanding and what better way to prepare for that next step then to take at least 2 AP courses. If you can take more and maintain your grades, go for it. If you can not, be proud of the 2 you take and keep those Honors level grades up as high as you can. Good Luck!
Jon Semcer Points0
Every student is different. Before deciding how many, it is advisable to review your overall schedule for the year. This means weighting what are your interest after school -- Do you have part time job? Are you a one, two or three sport athlete? Are you active in clubs, cheer leading ? Do you have responsibilities at home right after school? All of these need to be weighted carefully and project ahead what your schedule will be like plus add in school assignments/ projects. AP course work is challenging and demanding and to select too many can put a student in a high risk situation -- becoming emotional drained, depressed, physical ill because of stress or have to drop course work because the student can not keep up. Trying to do so much just to impress an admission committee is a worth student's health ( physical or mental). Only you know your schedule, what you can handle, you know what is demanded of you by others. If you are a senior throw in completing applications, writing essays , going for interviews, taking any last minute college tour and the first ten weeks of schools are a pressure cooker for sure. So, be careful you schedule. i do not think there is a simple right or wrong number ( how many AP classes should I take), everyone is different and since that is so the number will be different. Plan carefully, talk with others who have taken the class, talk with the teacher of each AP you want to schedule and find out the requirements. Enjoy high school, there will never be another time like it in your life.

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