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Ok, so here's the thing: i see people talking all the time about which classes they are taking, how many are AP's, or honours or stuff, and I get a bit confused. Sometimes someone says for instance that in senior year he is gonna take 3 or 4 APs, plus one or two other classes. Are there OTHER classes this person is taking that are two obvious he's not even mentioning, or is he really only taking this 6-7 classes in the entire year?
Plus, how do you pick the classes? Do you have total freedom or is there some classes you absolutely HAVE to take (i know most good colleges require 3-4 years of english, math and history, but what if one isnt planning on going to a good college, or any college at all?)
Any other details are welcome.
I ask because i'm brazilian, and here the government says what you have to study (math, portuguese, chemistry, physics, biology, geography, history, sociology, philosophy, literature, physical ed and a foreign language during the entire HS, and arts for 1 year), plus your school may require one or two other classes (mine requires a writing class), and you can pick other extra ones, kinda extracurricular (other foreign languages, music, theatre, chess, drawing etc). And, all the kids in the same year take the same classes (which kinda sucks for the smart ones). So you can see its really different...