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Regular or honors chemistry before AP Chemistry?

equationloverequationlover Registered User Posts: 286 Junior Member
edited August 11 in High School Life
So I just got my schedule this year and found out I wasn't placed in honors chemistry. I was recommended for it, but because I'm in a fairly small STEM program (~75 kids) I don't think they're offering honors chemistry b/c there wasn't enough demand for it. Usually, we have honors work on the side b/c the classes are so small that you can't make a class ALL honors. However, honors should still be designated on my transcript.

I think the issue though is that the honors chemistry class last year was the only class where everyone was in honors, so I'm not sure they'll be able to do the honors curriculum with the extra assignments like my previous honors classes.

Anyway, my schedule is weird b/c I go between two different places (stem program and then high school) so changing my schedule would be really hard. In the event that I would not be able to take honors chemistry at my high school, would regular chemistry be fine if I'm planning to take AP chemistry?

I was talking to one of my friends, and they said that AP chemistry always starts off the first couple weeks with a review of honors chemistry, so people who took regular chemistry struggle more just because they did not go as much in depth.

For reference on what I'm thinking of for senior year, this is what I'm planning:

AP chemistry
AP Physics C
AP Calc BC
Spanish 4
Psychology (fall) / English (spring) @ local CC online
Engineering Research

Obviously, I want to be as prepared as possible for my senior year courseload. Advice?



Replies to: Regular or honors chemistry before AP Chemistry?

  • equationloverequationlover Registered User Posts: 286 Junior Member
    edited August 11
    Also---I happen to really like the teacher who is teaching this chem class!! She's absolutely amazing at teaching chemistry! I'm just worried we won't cover stuff that will be important in AP chem.
  • goodperson200goodperson200 Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    It is true that AP Chemistry starts off with a review from honors. I would take honors just to be better off.
  • imaginexximaginexx Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    Take Chem H so you can have time to write your college apps and also it's better off since I've heard from many that AP Chem actually is a bit of a review from Chemn H
  • itsintheprocessitsintheprocess Registered User Posts: 139 Junior Member
    For my school the main difference between honors and regular chem was simply the pace of the class and the labs we did (honors was quicker and had more labs) I would recommend honors chem if your school offers it but if not regular chem should prepare you as well
  • equationloverequationlover Registered User Posts: 286 Junior Member
    @goodperson200 @imaginexx @itsintheprocess I will talk to the chem teacher and hopefully there's an honors coursework option. If not however, what I'm saying is that my schedule will be hard to change, so I might have to take regular chem. Ya'll confirmed my suspicions about honors chem being the better option in prep for AP chem. I just don't want to be at an huge disadvantage because it's one of the hardest APs at my school besides Physics C.
  • itsintheprocessitsintheprocess Registered User Posts: 139 Junior Member
    If I'm going to be honest Honors Chem BARELY prepared me for AP Chem. I also took Honors Chem two years before AP Chem and had never had planned to take AP Chem but there was a schedule issue and I didn't want to drop an AP for a regular class so I picked up Chem. As long as you study for AP Chem you'll be find regardless of background. You basically do a review of Honors/Regular Chem anyway within the first Chapter of AP Chem so even if you feel behind you will be caught up to speed.
  • goodperson200goodperson200 Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    edited August 12
    To be honest, I took it without honors or regular chem and went straight into AP Chem with a summer assignment covering stoichiometry, naming, and some things that weren't so pertaining to AP Chem. I just simply heard from the juniors (I was a sophomore when I took this) that it was review. I still recommend Honors Chemistry over regular but regular will still be fine.
  • mom2twogirlsmom2twogirls Registered User Posts: 809 Member
    Don't worry about changing your schedule. Just talk to the amazing teacher and ask if she can give you any pointers or extra work along the way that might help you be better prepared for AP Chem next year. If that doesn't work, before the summer see if you can talk to the AP Chem teacher and ask if she/he has any suggestions for summer work you can do yourself to be more prepared.
  • equationloverequationlover Registered User Posts: 286 Junior Member
    @mom2twogirls Thank you! I didn't even think about asking the AP chem teacher for extra work over the summer. Hopefully they'll be willing!
  • JMS357JMS357 Registered User Posts: 232 Junior Member
    Go for Honors Chem first. If you can't, talk to your teacher like what @mom2twogirls said. Maybe she'll help you out for AP Chem, like for me, my freshman bio teacher helped me a lot with getting through AP Bio since he taught it before. He was actually much more helpful than the AP Bio teacher. So with that, don't be afraid to approach your teacher. It might help out in the end!
  • equationloverequationlover Registered User Posts: 286 Junior Member
    edited August 17
    Update: I talked to her and she said she's going to try and make extra honors work that would be taught through videos assigned outside of class. However, there's only six of us interested. She's still going to try to get it approved, through! Hopefully it works out, because I think it would be too late to try and switch out of the class now, we're already going into our second week.
  • snowfairy137snowfairy137 Registered User Posts: 1,564 Senior Member
    There's kids at my school who do AP Chem without ANY chem class before hand because our science track is screwed up. They did fine.
  • equationloverequationlover Registered User Posts: 286 Junior Member
    @snowfairy137 At my school, you are excepted to take a chemistry class before AP chemistry, especially honors. That's why I am worried. Otherwise, you would have to teach stuff to yourself stuff over the summer, I don't feel comfortable self teaching myself material.
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