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My HS does not have many AP's. How will it effect admission to top schools?

nothingtonothingto Registered User Posts: 1,347 Senior Member
edited August 2010 in College Search & Selection
My HS only has 13 AP's. There isn't much diversity. If I do take at least 11 of those 13 (which I am interested in, since the other 2 are spanish language, which I am not good at, mostly because I am not spanish), will it be enough for schools like CHYMPS? It's just that there are many other High Schools in my State, which have like 30 AP's with enormous diversity. I don't really have much choice in what I choose (I do, but I hope you get what I mean)

I heard colleges look at how you use your HS's recourse, but will taking less AP's then other students at other high schools which have tons of AP's put me to a dis-advantage?
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Replies to: My HS does not have many AP's. How will it effect admission to top schools?

  • jgraiderjgraider Registered User Posts: 2,845 Senior Member
    They evaluate each student within the context of their school, so no, you won't be penalized for not taking as many AP's as a person who goes to a school that offers more AP's
  • shennieshennie Registered User Posts: 2,467 Senior Member
    I agree. You will be fine. The high school my kids attended only offer 5 or 6 APs and kids still get into top schools.
  • MD MomMD Mom Registered User Posts: 6,728 Senior Member
    A few years ago, I heard a college counselor from a top Baltimore prep school talk about AP classes. He said that the best way to use APs was to take them as the top class in a series of academic classes, so take Calculus, the English classes, the history classes, and at least one science. Taking numerous APs for the sake of taking them is silly. He referred to the classes that do not fit into the regular academic requirements as JV AP. And before anyone jumps on this, I am just repeating.

    You will not be penalized for not taking what your school doesn't offer.
  • xrCalico23xrCalico23 Registered User Posts: 4,673 Senior Member
    My HS does not have many AP's.

    Oh stop :rolleyes:. Thirteen is already a lot of AP classes--- I wish my high school had that many :].
  • 9sofine99sofine9 Registered User Posts: 37 New Member
    Wow, aren't you lucky! My high school only has 4 APs and no honor classes. consider yourself blessed. If i had stayed at my old high school, they like to brag about how they had nearly all the AP courses ( it was a prep school btw).
  • sentimentGX4sentimentGX4 Registered User Posts: 1,690 Senior Member
    Yeah, most top notch colleges are comfortable with 8 APs. 10 APs is very, very good.
  • MD MomMD Mom Registered User Posts: 6,728 Senior Member
    Many prep schools really limit how many APs a student can take. At my daughter's school, students needed permission to take more than three at a time and they had to be recommended for any that they were going to take. Wiithout special permission, the most a student could take would be seven. Very few kids took that many.
  • curmudgeoncurmudgeon Registered User Posts: 12,128 Senior Member
    Ha. My kid had 3 AP's available. She did fine.
  • richs73casrichs73cas Registered User Posts: 901 Member
    "My HS does not have many AP's. How will it "xxxxxx" admission to top schools?"

    The word "affect" should be used, instead of "effect" in the above question.

    If you asked: "What is the effect on admissions to top schools, of my HS not having many AP's?"

    Then effect is the word to use.

    Proper use of the correct words will help in your admission, to top schools.
    Improper use, or ignorance of the correct usage of words, will detract from your applications.

    Merriam-Webster Online Link to merriam-webster ask the editor

    Lesson Tutor has a short exercise on how to correctly use these two words:
    Lesson Tutor : How Does the Effect Affect You? Learn when to use each correctly.

    Good Luck :)
  • nugraddadnugraddad Registered User Posts: 1,247 Senior Member
    My D only took 5 AP courses and got into and graduated from Northwestern, so just take the AP courses you want to.

    And I second what the previous poster said about effect - affect. Is there an AP Spelling / grammer course? :) JK!
  • bobbyo242bobbyo242 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    Don't worry about it - colleges have profiles on every high school and know which, if any, APs are offered. It won't affect your chances of getting accepted, especially if you explain in your common application that you wanted to take APs but couldn't because of your school's curriculum.
  • veryindecisiveveryindecisive Registered User Posts: 81 Junior Member
    "And I second what the previous poster said about effect - affect. Is there an AP Spelling / grammer course? JK!"

    Grammar has two As. Oh, the irony.

    On topic, 13 APs is a lot. My school has 11, but it's impossible to take that many, and we're one of the best (public) schools in our area.
  • sunshower212sunshower212 Registered User Posts: 249 Junior Member
    Of course, the OP could have meant to ask in which way his HS's lack of APs would cause his admission to top schools.
  • EntertainerEntertainer Registered User Posts: 767 Member
    A girl I knew took 3 AP's and got into Cornell. Another girl took 5 and got into Harvard and our school offered over 12 AP's. AP's are good to take, but if your school doesn't offer them then you won't penalize you.

    "Yeah, most top notch colleges are comfortable with 8 APs."

    This statement doesn't make sense. Colleges look at your course load in context with your school's offerings.
  • CharlesCOCharlesCO Registered User Posts: 64 Junior Member
    I thought I was the only one. When I explained to people a few months ago on here that my private school only offers 12APs and you can only take a maximum of three junior/senior year, people thought I was crazy.
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