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Advice for a *CONCERNED* rising sophomore

goldd22goldd22 9 replies8 threads Junior Member
Hi!

I'm taking these courses for next year and I'm a bit concerned about them:

- Math - PreCalc honors
- Science - Chemistry Honors
- Social Studies - AP US History
- English - English 2 Honors (called American literature honors)
- Foreign Language - French 2 honors
- Mandatory Religion Class (catholic school <o/)

I'm considering dropping from English 2 honors to regular English just based on the fact that I was advised to not take both APUSH and Amer. Lit because of the influx of writing. I'm just seriously concerned that this will look bad on applications to t20s and t50s that I chose to drop from "accelerate English" as a freshman to standard English as a sophomore.

ANY advice is greatly appreciated.
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Replies to: Advice for a *CONCERNED* rising sophomore

  • TS0104TS0104 1478 replies31 threads Senior Member
    While rigor is important, GPA is important, too. Who advised you not to take APUSH and Am Lit honors? A teacher or advisor that knows you, or works at your school? If so, I would listen. APUSH is notoriously hard, I've heard. My son took it as a sophomore and did great. My daughter took it as a junior and struggled. Probably depends on your interests and strengths. APUSH is a lot of writing. But as my older son said, it taught him to write essays well, and that served him very well junior senior year and in college.

    My high school sophomore son just today decided to drop APUSH because his school is starting out online and he knows that that is harder for him. Does your high school have their fall plans yet? How did you do with online learning in the spring (knowing that it will likely/hopefully be much different now, but if the struggles come from within as in self motivation, time management at home, etc, that could be a factor).
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  • goldd22goldd22 9 replies8 threads Junior Member
    I mean my APUSH teacher is famous for being a SUPER good teacher and super kind, so I'm definitely sticking to it. In addition, I LOVE history so I'm going to choose to keep it. I'm just concerned that it will look bad on my application that I dropped off from "honors" English as a freshman to regular English.
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  • goldd22goldd22 9 replies8 threads Junior Member
    goldd22 wrote: »
    I mean my APUSH teacher is famous for being a SUPER good teacher and super kind, so I'm definitely sticking to it. In addition, I LOVE history so I'm going to choose to keep it. I'm just concerned that it will look bad on my application that I dropped off from "honors" English as a freshman to regular English.

    oops I forgot to tag you to reply @TS0104
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  • TS0104TS0104 1478 replies31 threads Senior Member
    Right. Honestly I don't know. My son dropped to 'regular english' his senior year and his college admissions all turned out exactly as we thought they would based on test scores and GPAs. I wouldn't think that that change would be a ding on your app because obviously your rigor is strong, with advanced classes in almost every subject. I would make decisions with GPA in mind first, then rigor. If you think Am Lit cause you to get some lower grades, then drop it...over all we are only talking one class.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 10834 replies134 threads Senior Member
    If you drop to regular English can you move back up to AP in junior year or are you setting yourself up to be eliminated from that track?

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  • goldd22goldd22 9 replies8 threads Junior Member
    @momofsenior1 technically there is no explicit track, but I can go back to AP Lit as a junior if I want.
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