So I'm a sophomore in high school, and at my school there is an Honors Pre-calc, and a seminar Pre-calc. Seminar Pre calc has the same GPA weight as honors Pre calc, but it is substantially harder. I'm currently in seminar algebra 2, which is harder than honors algebra 2, but with the same GPA weight too. My question is if I should take seminar Pre calc or honors next year if they both have the same weight. Here are the pros and cons of seminar Pre calc (as I see it):
Taking this class is the only possible way to take Calc BC, which is a college math course, vs Calc AB, which is half a college math course if I take honors
My teachers tell me that college admission boards recognize the harder class (seminar vs honors)
Seminar is much harder junior year than sophomore year, so I risk getting C's or D's, or possibly even dropping out if I take seminar
I'm probably gonna get a lower grade in seminar than honors, and since they have the same GPA weight, my GPA will be lower than if I took honors.
So do colleges recognize the harder seminar class, and will they be more lenient of average or below average grades in that class, and do you guys think that it is worth it to invest a large amount of time in these math courses if I plan on majoring in medical courses (I.e sciences)?
Finally, if it means that an elite undergrad school, like John Hopkins, Harvard, Stanford, etc, will be more likely to admit me, how much weight do these math courses carry in terms of how likely I will get into one of those schools?
I've been thinking about this for a while and i really am unsure. If it helps, my current seminar algebra 2 grades, as of midterms, are in the low 90's, so like 92 91, so I'm worried that taking seminar next year will drop that to possibly 80's or 70's because my math teachers all said that seminar Pre calc is a whole new level of hard compared to seminar algebra 2.