I go to a large public high school and my school offers plenty of AP classes and has no cap on the amount you can take in a year. However, I will be a junior in the fall who is only taking 3 APs (plus I took one sophomore year). I don't want colleges to think that I didn't challenge myself (which admittedly I probably didn't), especially since many people in my grade are taking up to 7 AP classes their junior year. I wish I could change my course load, but my school is pretty strict about not letting students change their schedules after the previous school year ends.
Anyway, my question is how can I improve my course rigor without changing my schedule? For example, if I take 4 community college courses and self-study for all their AP tests, will I make up for the fact that I didn't take that many AP classes this year? I totally understand that most highly selective colleges don't view community college courses the same as AP classes. However, will self-studying for those AP tests significantly improve my chances? Is there anything else I can do to improve my rigor? Maybe take 5-6 APs my senior year? (although I don't really want to do that)
Since school is going to be online this year, I think it's worth it to challenge myself a little bit more than I normally would. I 'm also not worried about getting A's in the three AP classes that I am taking as I think that I am pretty strong in these subjects. Also having time left over for extracurriculars shouldn't be too much of a problem.
Let me know what you think. Thank you!