I'm a sophomore in high school, and by the end of high school, I will have taken 13-14 AP classes.
Here's what I've done so far, and my plan for the following years.
(1) Freshman year: AP World History (4 on exam)
I struggled a little bit with my AP class because the teacher was extremely hard on us and typically treated us as if we were juniors, not freshmen. I got a B my first semester and an A my second semester. I got a 4 on the AP exam, but I knew I could've gotten a 5 since I only studied 1/5 of my AP prep book.
(2) This year: AP Computer Science Principles and AP European History
Both of my AP classes have been pretty easy. I almost never have homework in APCSP and self-teach almost all the material because my teacher doesn't teach. In AP Euro, my teacher hands out more homework than any other teacher every night. Despite the large workload, all of the assignments are easy to complete. This semester, I ended APCSP with a 96 and AP Euro with a 94 (was a 96 before the final).
(5) Junior year: (planning to take) AP Physics/Chem, AP Computer Science A, AP Lang, AP US History, and AP Chinese
I know this might seem a lot, but I know that I won't struggle with AP Chinese and AP Computer Science A. I'm Chinese, and even though my Chinese is choppy and hesitant, I will probably know at least 1/3 of the material. I'm taking Chinese III Honors this year, and I have around a 98% in that class with minimal effort. I got a 94% on the final without studying and only using 20 out of the 60 minutes given for the exam. In AP Computer Science A, Java is being taught. I already know a little web development, so Java should not be a problem for me. There also isn't any homework in that class if work is completed before class ends. I've heard that US History is more time-consuming than it is difficult. I've also heard that AP Physics/Chem are really difficult, but I'll take either class anyways and I'll study ahead over the summer if needed.
(5-6) Senior year: AP Physics/Chem, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP Calculus BC, and 1-2 more AP classes.
These are just classes that I'm interested in. I'm going to finish my essays during the summer and early fall to get college applications out of the way so that my grades won't suffer.
In total, I will be taking 13-14 AP classes.
I plan on getting into very selective colleges and will most likely major in something STEM-related.
Am I taking too many AP classes? I feel like my workload so far hasn't been that bad and I think that, if I start actually managing my time better (New Years resolution lol), I can definitely do well in all my junior classes too.
I also don't just pour all my time into academics. I'm in around 5 clubs and will probably earn leadership positions in around 2 of them by the end of this year. And no, I'm not just doing them for colleges. I'm an active participant in all of them (math team, computer science club, FBLA, competitive math/science/reading club, and more). I hope I can get on the state math team this year (I was on it last year). I think I can get to nationals for FBLA and maybe even place there. For that competitive STEM+English club, I hope I can make the state team. I'm planning on implementing programs that inspire and educate children in a certain field of study. This summer, I'll be attending at least one STEM summer program, and next year, I'll be doing a STEM internship at a nearby university (top 50 in US).
Any tips and advice are greatly appreciated!!