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Should I take this many AP's?

turbosellerturboseller Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
edited February 2013 in College Admissions
Hi, I am currently registering for core classes at my school(for Junior year). I have doubled up in all ways possible leaving me to take 8 AP classes my Junior year. I really do want to take all 8 because... 1)I am flip flopping with someone for being 1st/2nd every semester so this would put me in another league 2)It should be worth it in the long run to take all opportunities presented in Highschool.

As I said, I flip flop for being 1st in class (1/590) so I think I may be able to handle the course load

**We have block schedule so we have only 4 periods a day. This is probably better for my situation...
-AP Spanish (yearlong)
-AP Chem
-AP Physics
-AP Calc (yearlong)
-AP US History
-AP American Lit.

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Replies to: Should I take this many AP's?

  • sherpasherpa Registered User Posts: 4,810 Senior Member
    That's a pretty rigorous load. Most kids couldn't handle it. Since you've been able to maintain a 1 or 2 rank in a class of 590, I expect you can manage it.

    Which Calc and which Physics?

    Good luck.
  • turbosellerturboseller Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    Thanks for the reply.
    I think it is AP Calc AB (I don't think there is BC at my school)
    And I have no idea what physics it is... I haven't taken a previous AP Physics class, only Honors Physics.
  • BaHannerSplitBaHannerSplit Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Trust me when I say... 8 AP's is way too much. AP US History is a mountain load of work itself. I am a junior taking 4 and it's ridiculous! Take the one's you know can handle.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 76,633 Senior Member
    Is the physics the B version (non-calculus, probably comparable to an honors high school physics course) or the C version (with calculus)? If the C version, is it both mechanics and E&M, or just mechanics?

    C with both mechanics and E&M is likely to be fairly difficult if you are only taking calculus AB concurrently (most college physics courses for physics and engineering majors assume calculus 1 or AB as a prerequisite, not a co-requisite).
  • PCHopePCHope Registered User Posts: 494 Member
    Well, the top junior in our local high school is currently taking the following AP:
    Cal BC, Physics C (mech and em), Chem, Eng Lang, Psy, Comp Sci, Env Sci, US His.

    Yes, it is insane but doable.

    Good luck.
  • keepingcalm21keepingcalm21 Registered User Posts: 75 Junior Member
    The most I've heard of in a year is 6...that being said if you're the valedictorian you are a pretty smart kid, you could handle it but if you slacked off know that you could easily lose that title.

    The largest number of AP's I've seen a single student take throughout high school is 17, but that student was a legit genius so... YOUR CHOICE!
  • RoninatorRoninator Registered User Posts: 78 Junior Member
    Do you do any extra curriculars? If you're trying to balance that with sports/work you might want to drop a couple.
  • Paola07Paola07 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    If you think you can handle all of them they you should, but if you don't think you can then don't do it. You also need to have a life outside of school and AP classes take a lot of time.
  • turbosellerturboseller Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    OK, I am most definitely NOT taking the physics with the calculus and all that EM? stuff. I can understand this would be undoable with a period schedule, but I think it can be done with a block schedule. Here is what I was thinking my schedule would look like... The number next to the class is ranking from 1-10 (10 being most difficult and resulting in a B)

    Fall semester...
    -AP Spanish (Spanish comes really easy to me and it is a joke class) 5
    -AP Calc (Math class I am taking currently is supposedly harder than this (93 ATM)) 7
    -AP American Lit (I think I am a great writer so it won't be bad) 7
    -AP Chem (Hardest science class at school, but I love science) 9

    Spring Semester
    -AP Calc... same
    -AP Spanish... same
    -AP US History (Heard it was pretty hard, will be difficult class) 9
    -AP Physics (Great teacher but is not "easy"/Got a 96 in H Physics) 7
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