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sqdwfe13
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I am thinking about taking Precalculus this summer so I can take Calculus before I graduate from high school. I am currently taking Algebra 2. It's not ridiculously hard for me, but it's not easy either. I made A's the first 2 marking periods and a B the 3rd marking period.

Is it worth taking Precalculus over the summer, or should I just take Precalculus as a year-long course and not have Calculus on my high school transcript? Keep in mind, the Precalculus course in summer school is watered down and the people taking it would probably still be having trouble with basic Algebra 1 concepts, so it obviously won't be the greatest course. The only place I can take this course is at the summer school my county offers because my high school is pretty tough about giving you credits, so I won't be able to take a nicer course at a college. I've heard many types of comments about Precalculus, from people saying it's ridiculously harder than Algebra 2, to people saying it's the same exact thing as Algebra 2 and they've learned nothing new. I don't really know who to listen to.

But.. I have lots of summer plans. I could get 2 internships, do a leadership program, take college courses, etc. I'd have to sacrifice all these things for summer school.

So basically, from reading this, do you think I should take Precalculus in summer school? I am looking at very selective colleges. Thanks for any input.

Is it worth taking Precalculus over the summer, or should I just take Precalculus as a year-long course and not have Calculus on my high school transcript? Keep in mind, the Precalculus course in summer school is watered down and the people taking it would probably still be having trouble with basic Algebra 1 concepts, so it obviously won't be the greatest course. The only place I can take this course is at the summer school my county offers because my high school is pretty tough about giving you credits, so I won't be able to take a nicer course at a college. I've heard many types of comments about Precalculus, from people saying it's ridiculously harder than Algebra 2, to people saying it's the same exact thing as Algebra 2 and they've learned nothing new. I don't really know who to listen to.

But.. I have lots of summer plans. I could get 2 internships, do a leadership program, take college courses, etc. I'd have to sacrifice all these things for summer school.

So basically, from reading this, do you think I should take Precalculus in summer school? I am looking at very selective colleges. Thanks for any input.

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## Replies to: Precalculus over summer

88New Memberneeda precalc credit at your high school? i mean, could you take precalc at a local college (even if you don't get credit), explain what you did to your guidance counselor (providing proof, of course), and then just go on to calc?1,261Senior Member129Junior MemberI'm in the same situation, only luckily my school doesn't really care how I learn the material so long as I can pass a precalculus assessment test. Ask if you can take the course online, that's what my plan is... then you may have time to do some of your other stuff too.

476Junior Member17New MemberI agree with Pinkstarcloud in that you are doing decently well. You might have to struggle a little to get things done, but it will pay off in the long run.

Note, however, that colleges don't penalize you very much for not accelerating if your school doesn't normally advertise it. In my school, probably as many as a fourth of the students take precalc in their junior year, making those of us who do take AP Calculus much less prestigious. In your school, it looks like very few students normally take the class. Did you have a acceleration program in which you could have taken algebra 1 or geometry in middle school?

1,261Senior MemberBut does it have to be AP? I don't want to rush in regular, watered down Precalc over the summer and then suddenly go into AP Calculus. It's like WHOA, totally different levels.

pinkstarcloud: We've done logs which I thought were pretty easy but we haven't done trig or conics.

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