I'm just worried that on the common app, where the counselor checks how heavy my course load, she won't mark my course load as that high since so many people at my school take a ton. she told me when i asked her about my problem that "some people just can't handle three." and i was thinking "uh thats not the problem..."
so basically you are torn between taking business and another elective at the cost of a few AP courses.
if you think you would genuinely lookfoward to that class/fbla throughout the year and it would give you strong preparaion for having a taste of busin/whart before apps, do that. or you can have the generic but challenging option of the APs.
what is your performance on previous AP's? if you haven't taken many or any, two really may be a good thing. Though, 5 senior year sounds intense as 'heck'. can someone confrim that even at great/big high schools, very very few people take 5 AP's. It sounds strategic, almost too strategic. Reflect on your performance.
I (and many members of my graduating class) took 5 AP's in my senior year, and got all 5's and A's(Calc BC, Phys C, Bio, Eng. Lit, Gov). It really wasn't that hard. I genuinely liked all of the classes except for AP Lit, which was mandatory.
If you're concerned that your counselor or colleges won't see your curriculum as the most challenging, you should be. It isn't. Business classes in high school aren't taken very seriously, especially by Wharton. They won't prepare you for Wharton - and actually AP's will. If you're trying to make this decision based upon taking the heaviest courseload, you should be in all AP classes.
Now, that's not always the best course of action. If you really think you'd be more interested in business classes, take them. It's not going to serve you well to take difficult AP classes that you don't like, but you have to weigh the benefits of taking classes you like vs. taking classes that will get you somewhere.
Well my counselor has told me to do the business class and not ap stat and says it's more useful and really shows you how a business is managed and stuff. Would AP Stat be easy enough to take as an 8th course online senior year?
And yes, I really want to do FBLA. I already talked to the teacher/sponsor and I think it would be fun and something I'd enjoy doing.
Learning how a business is managed is not what you'll learn at Wharton. You may be interested in that, and if you are, go for it.
You could probably learn AP stat online, but it's not really the best use of your time (assuming you're already in a full schedule). Enjoy your senior year, and have some fun in activities. I really dislike the whole self-study BS, and I don't think it's valuable for most people.