I am a freshman in Spanish 3. I am always looking for ways to stand out, and I discovered an opportunity that would let me take AP Spanish next year (sophomore). I would self-study the material for Spanish 4 (going through the textbook, reading a novel and writing an essay about it, workbooks, etc.) and then gain entrance into the AP class. So, is this a good idea? Would I learn more taking the Spanish 4 class (I hear that year is pretty critical)? Also, I take this track into consideration because of my GPA. What would you say is better: a 4.63 (4 weighted classes) and 5.0 (all weighted classes) or 4.83 (5 weighted classes) and a 4.83 (same)? This would simulate the projected GPA of my soph. and jun. years if I did not or did take AP Span soph. year (oops, it makes more sense if I say did or did not. oh well) Unfortunately, the language courses at my school are not honors, until you reach AP. You can see that AP Span. jun. year would give me all honors/AP (at my school, it's pretty much impossible to have all honors/AP because of the basic requirements needed to graduate). If I took AP Span. soph. year, I would try to take French junior and senior year (hopefully AP by senior year). Overall, my Cum. GPA could be slightly better if I take AP sophomore year. But isn't this just a petty concern? I am probably taking this way out of proportion, but I need to decide by the end of this week.
I really want to study more languages (German, French, Greek). I would study these languages whether or not I have more room in school to take at least one of them (like Junior and Senior year French). Would a college care if you have received formal credit for the languages you know? Most require at least 3 years, and I want to go to Princeton or MIT. How would I tell them about the languages I've studied if they are not formally documented on, say, a transcript, for instance? And if I never do take a formal language course at school after Spanish, this would open up more room to take more advanced math and science courses at my nearest university.
So many things to think about!!!!!! I would appreciate any insight or advice. Please try to answer many, if not all, of my questions. Sorry if my paragraphs are too bulky :)