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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.