May be it is my language skills.
O.K. I did not say 5 AP is soft. As a matter of fact, the GC checked "the most whatever" class load for her.
The question is about electives. My son who attends the same HS took these class last year (9th gradee). In other words, D is taking those low level electives typically set for 9th and 10th graders as a senior. Comparing to other seniors who take 5 or more AP, her class selection looks soft.
I guess there is no other way out of the graduation requirement. We are talking to GC to add a self study for an AP to strength the transcript. D told me there are other students who are doing these self studys so they will have 7 AP in senior year.