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Is it okay to take less AP Classes if I am doing Community College Courses?

AlamereAlamere 68 replies12 threads Junior Member
I was wondering if it is okay to take only two AP Classes (out of four offered) if I am doing Public Speaking and Geology at the Community College.
My school offers these four AP Classes for Senior Year:
AP Chemistry
AP Physics C
AP English Literature and Composition
AP Biology

I am taking AP Chemistry and AP Physics C. Is this an okay schedule if I am aiming for a top 20 school.
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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 7898 replies84 threads Senior Member
    What English are you taking Sr year? If you are using 'public speaking' for your english class, that will let you down. Otherwise, as 3/4 are sciences, and nobody expects you to take more than 1 science AP I don't see a problem.
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  • AlamereAlamere 68 replies12 threads Junior Member
    A Literature course about the connections between literature and social justice. SOunded more interesting than AP Literature.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 10156 replies118 threads Senior Member
    T20s are going to expect high course rigor. CC public speaking and geology are not going to help you. What does the rest of your schedule look like?

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  • AlamereAlamere 68 replies12 threads Junior Member
    High School Schedule for Junior Year (this year):
    Orchestra
    Band
    AP Calc BC
    AP Physics 1
    AP Lang
    Spanish 3
    APES

    Senior Year:
    Orchestra
    Band
    AP Physics C
    AP Chemistry
    Literature and Social Justice
    Required Adulting Course
    Chem TA

    I have done CC classes in numerous other subjects as part of my dual enrollment program (and taking advantage of of my student status to take interest courses like statistics)
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  • AlamereAlamere 68 replies12 threads Junior Member
    Also want to note that the only T20s I'm seriously looking at are Cal (if its still a T20) and UCLA.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 10156 replies118 threads Senior Member
    Where are your history courses?

    Maybe @Gumbymom can speak to the requirements in CA.
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  • AlamereAlamere 68 replies12 threads Junior Member
    Dual Enrollment...it's very common here as we have a community college (SJDC) right down the street... I've already done PolSci and Econ 1A as well as US History thru this. With new space in schedule... I was able to take APES etc.
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  • AlamereAlamere 68 replies12 threads Junior Member
    By the way... I do meet course requirements for the UC system... I've toured Cal and talked to admission reps at Berkely, LA, Davis, and Santa Barbara and they all assure me that I am perfectly able to meet requirements for the UC/CSU system.
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  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC 30523 replies418 threads Forum Champion
    Going from 4 AP’s to 2 AP’s even with 2 DE courses would be a slight decrease in rigor since Geology is not considered a Core Science such as Biology/Chemistry/Physics and Public Speaking is considered a College prep elective. If you are aiming for UCB and UCLA, HS course rigor is considered VERY IMPORTANT in their application review. It is great you are exploring different interests, but the UC’s like to see you take the core subjects. I would seriously consider taking AP Literature vs. Literature and Social Justice course which depending upon which HS you attend could be either a English or Social Science/History course.
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  • AlamereAlamere 68 replies12 threads Junior Member
    Thank you for the help. Will consider it strongly.
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  • AlamereAlamere 68 replies12 threads Junior Member
    Would MultiVar Calculus be a good college course to take instead of Geology? Since it is likely of much greater rigor.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 83388 replies741 threads Senior Member
    Yes, a college multivariable calculus course would be considered high rigor for a high school student who has already completed calculus BC. The only concern would be if it displaces other courses to make your overall schedule look unbalanced. However, it looks like you have AP in both chemistry and physics (you did take some sort of biology before, right?), so it looks like you have science covered. A college geology course's rigor could depend on whether it is for geology majors or is a "rocks for jocks" type of course.
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  • theloniusmonktheloniusmonk 2968 replies5 threads Senior Member
    "Sounded more interesting than AP Literature."

    I would probably drop one of the AP sciences and replace with the next level of foreign language, drop the justice Lit course and replace it with AP Lit. You have a serious drop in rigor, and the t-20s are going to think you did not challenge yourself senior year because colleges wouldn't look too closely. Take m/v calc and drop geo as well, you need a fourth year of math. I'm assuming you're applying for STEM, so the fourth year of a f/l may not be needed, but you don't want colleges to think you replaced Spanish with geology or public speaking. I would be concerned about too m any APs if the next class was AP Spanish, if it's honors, you should be ok.
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  • AlamereAlamere 68 replies12 threads Junior Member
    why drop an ap scienc? My ap chem got cancelled this year due to low enrollment and physics c is essential for my major. So I should take both imo. I’ll go for AP Lit and MultiVar.
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  • AlamereAlamere 68 replies12 threads Junior Member
    In relation to Bio, I’ve done honors bio and registered for BIOL 1 this summer.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 83388 replies741 threads Senior Member
    Also, what history and social studies courses will you complete (both high school and college courses)?

    In terms of Spanish, some of the most selective colleges may prefer to see level 4 (or AP level) over level 3.
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  • AlamereAlamere 68 replies12 threads Junior Member
    High School:
    Global Studies
    AP Human Geo
    AP World (took class but not exam)
    College:
    Humanities Intro
    US History
    Political Science
    Intro to MacroEcon

    Also Spanish 4 is full at my high school.

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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 83388 replies741 threads Senior Member
    Looks like you have enough social studies.

    If you want to continue Spanish, check what Spanish course at the college you would be able to place into after completing year 3 of high school Spanish.
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  • theloniusmonktheloniusmonk 2968 replies5 threads Senior Member
    "why drop an ap science?"

    Depending on the school, AP Chem can be the toughest science class, so taking both could be very demanding. If you really like the subjects and the workload is reasonable, it's fine. Check with your GC if you need both to showthe most rigorous designation.
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  • AlamereAlamere 68 replies12 threads Junior Member
    I got my new course load back (and planned out community college credits):
    High School classes:
    AP Literature
    AP Chemistry
    AP Physics C
    Band
    Orchestra
    Required Adulting course
    Lab Tech for Chem Teacher
    College:
    Semester 1:
    Multi variable Calculus
    Semester 2:
    Public Speaking (required for the AS degrees I’m working for - dual enrollment)
    Linear Algebra
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