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No English class senior year okay if I already have 4 years of English?

trackandfield23trackandfield23 15 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 20 New Member
I took a college reading composition class in the summer(just finished the class a couple weeks ago). I took it because I planned on not having an English class senior year but... I just received a copy of my high school transcript and the college class I took in the summer is listed in my junior year column instead of my senior year column:(. So it basically looks like I took the class during junior year even though I took it the summer before senior year. I took Honors English 11 junior year so it basically shows 2 English classes on my junior year column of my transcript. Also my college transcript just says I too the class in 2015. I already have 4 years of English so I don't need to take another English class, but should I? Do colleges want to see an English class senior year? For senior year I can take AP Literature.

Here is my senior year schedule.

First Semester

AP Physics Algebra Based
AP Government
AP Eng Lit & Comp
Environment Science
Spanish 3
(College) Essentials of Nutrition--- I take this at a university for dual-enrollment


Second Semester

AP Physics Algebra Based
AP Eng Lit & Comp
Environmental Science
Spanish 3
Sociology
(College) Calc 1--- I take this at university for dual-enrollment
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  • newjerseygirl98newjerseygirl98 2118 replies45 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,163 Senior Member
    I know most colleges recommend English each year, although I'm not sure if it's required.
    In my state, it's required to graduate high school.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41289 replies445 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 41,734 Senior Member
    Rather than AP Lit, why don't you take the class that follows your college English class (better seen than an AP since that second class will be "post AP" level) or a First-year English seminar ("writing", "composition", "seminar", "rhetorics"...) for dual enrollment?
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  • billcshobillcsho 18315 replies91 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 18,406 Senior Member
    You have AP Eng Lit on the schedule. Why you said you have no English?
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  • trackandfield23trackandfield23 15 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 20 New Member
    edited August 2015
    @billcsho
    That is my tentative schedule, I just put down what my schedule would look like if I have AP Eng Lit. So should I have AP Lit or not? Will no English class senior year hurt me though I already have 4 years worth of English courses?



    I already have 4 years of English which is the needed amount to graduate.

    edited August 2015
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41289 replies445 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 41,734 Senior Member
    The amount needed to graduate and the schedule you need to get into a selective college is different. Take an elective English seminar since you have your required classes, like Creative Writing or a special topics. Bu do take English senior year.
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  • trackandfield23trackandfield23 15 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 20 New Member
    @MYOS1634

    So I basically wasted my time in the summer taking an extra English class when I still have to take an English class senior year? :(

    I have to pay $800($1600 for 2 semesters) to take the next level English class or an elective English seminar at a college. Should I do it or should I just stick with AP Lit? Money isn't an issue but it seems kind of a waste.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41289 replies445 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 41,734 Senior Member
    edited August 2015
    it wasnt a waste of time if you can take the next level of English at the same college: because the next level is post-AP, it'll be more impressive. And 1 college semester is sufficient to cover the "senior year" requirement. So it'll help for admissions, and, depending on where you go to school next year, you may well have cleared two compulsory classes off your schedule. :)
    Of course it depends on whether you're applying to HarveyMudd/MIT or to your directional university.
    edited August 2015
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  • trackandfield23trackandfield23 15 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 20 New Member
    @MYOS1634

    I know it will be less impressive but can I just take AP Lit? I hear the AP Lit teacher is really good and makes the class really fun. It may not be post-AP but an AP class is an AP class right?


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  • neuron321neuron321 18 replies3 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 21 New Member
    If you took four years of english, you should be fine. It depends on how much was covered over the summer though.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41289 replies445 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 41,734 Senior Member
    Yes, but AP Lit is a lot of work and lasts a year, whereas you get more benefit with less time if you take a semester class at the college. If you love reading, by all means take AP Lit, and if you're not applying to a Top 50 university you're fine without English in the first place.
    You could also email you top3 colleges and see whether they'll accept your summer English as senior English.
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  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri 8556 replies315 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 8,871 Senior Member
    I took a college reading composition class in the summer(just finished the class a couple weeks ago). I took it because I planned on not having an English class senior year but... I just received a copy of my high school transcript and the college class I took in the summer is listed in my junior year column instead of my senior year column.

    Check your state education regs for the start/end dates of your school year. NYS runs July 1-June 30, so a class taken the summer after junior year should be reported with the senior year classes, not the junior year courses. If your state's school year runs differently, then I'd follow the advice given by MYOS1634.
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