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## Replies to: Help! D is deciding between taking AP Comp Sci or regular calculus for her math class senior year...

24,191Forum ChampionI'd suggest the OP and her D discuss the regular calc option with the guidance counselor and current math teacher.

593Memberhe will have 4 years of science and 4 years of math. This would put her in a much stronger position application wise as a senior. Otherwise, she could find herself disappointed in her college acceptances next year. I wish her the very best! I bet she will do better in Calc then she fears

104Junior Member2,637Senior MemberCalculus – This course includes an overview of analytic geometry and trigonometry as it applies to the study of functions, graph limits, derivatives and their applications

2,637Senior Member2,637Senior Member2,637Senior Member76,096Senior MemberThat looks like precalculus (or a review of such) plus a small introduction to calculus. If she has been struggling in the high school's accelerated math sequence you described (four years of math compressed into three years), this may be a way of reinforcing her precalculus knowledge before she has to take calculus in college.

2,637Senior Member76,096Senior MemberIn the end, the math choice should really be based on how ready she is for calculus (one of the AP courses) or whether she needs more reinforcement and review of precalculus material (the non-AP calculus course that appears to be mostly that). The previously-linked "are you ready for ... ?" quizzes can help her determine that.

If she does need more reinforcement and review of precalculus material, and it is too much to review on her own, she may want to take that non-AP calculus course so that she will have more solid knowledge of precalculus material when she takes calculus in college if she majors in business or something else that needs it.

2,637Senior MemberTo sum up the thread, I will tell her she should take Calc instead of AP Comp Sci and she should take AP Env Sci instead of AP psych. She can always take psych in college where it will probably be more interesting.

76,096Senior MemberOr maybe not. Perhaps the school wants to be able to claim that "all" or some high percentage of students take "calculus", so titling that course as "calculus" can help it in marketing itself as a "better" school. It may also avoid awkward questions about why some students skip that course and go directly to AP calculus but others take another year of precalculus. But such marketing may be a negative point for students who are less confident in math and may not feel that they are ready for "calculus" yet.

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