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How many APs do homeschoolers usually take?

ZzzLoneZzzLone Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
edited December 2010 in Home Schooling and College
May I know how many APs do homeschoolers usually take? (to be competitive enough for HYPSM, Ivies and such)
Do they prove their academic ability with other means as well?

Thinking hard about the homeschooling path here.

Thanks!
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Replies to: How many APs do homeschoolers usually take?

  • anotherparentanotherparent Registered User Posts: 1,275 Senior Member
    Going into senior year: my son had 7. He took 4 more in his senior year, but never took the tests, because his school (Caltech) does not give credit.

    My daughter has 9 going into senior year, and also taking 4 more. I think (I hope) the only exam she will take will be AP Latin - for placement in college classes.

    There is more to just numbers with APs. It looks like my daughter did better than my son, right? Except his were all 5s, and also in harder classes. My daughter has a 3 and 4, and 7 - 5s.

    They also did a lot of academic competitions - my son did very well in math competitions, and that is what got him into Caltech and MIT.

    My daughter also does well in lesser math competitions and also does very well in the National Latin Exam. She is really more interested in small LACs. Her first choice is not a top rated school, though she would be competitive at those.

    But, not all HSers do APs. I know some kids who have gotten into top colleges without. Sometimes they take college courses. Do other things.

    APs or college courses are probably not going to be enough to get into HYPSM. Not for anyone, homeschooled or not.
  • BaseballFanatic123BaseballFanatic123 Registered User Posts: 896 Member
    I have done 5 APs, 2 sophomore year, 3 junior year. Depending on where i get accepted, i might take up to 7 APs, or just Calc AB/BC. DEpends.

    Another parent, 7 5's? That's ridiculous!!!
  • anotherparentanotherparent Registered User Posts: 1,275 Senior Member
    If you look at the curve on these APs, it is very generous - often in the mid 70s for a 5.

    When the kids were young, our HSing tended to be rather freeform and eclectic - though I would have never classified us as unschoolers, but we certainly not school at home'ers.

    When it was obvious my son would be aiming high for colleges, and rightfully so, I thought we should go for a more conventional high school approach. I certainly know people who stayed relaxed all the way through, and had excellent results, I doubted that we could pull it off, and I didn't want to mess up his chances. So, when planning for self study or selecting online courses, APs just seemed like a natural choice.

    My kids have friends in traditional schools, and taking a similar number of APs. My kids certainly had more free time than the schooled kids. APs at home are going to be less time consuming than at school - more control on the busy work, etc, especially if you are self studying.
  • hsmom6hsmom6 Registered User Posts: 50 Junior Member
    ZzzLone, my son ended his high school career with 9 AP's, 8 5's and 1 4. (This was after he retook the Calc BC exam his senior year after getting a 4 his sophomore year) He took AP Chem, AP Bio, AP Calc BC, AP English Language, AP Micro, AP Macro, AP Statistics, AP Psychology, AP USHistory. He was a National Merit Finalist. He scored a 800 on the SATII Math, 780 SATII BIO but only scored a 1460 on the SATI and didn't want to retake it. He was rejected at Princeton and Penn and waitlisted at WashU and UVA. I have seen homeschoolers with fewer AP's get into the ivies. I think that the homeschooled students that get into the top 20 really have the ability to stand out among their peers. Having a hook or a special talent is more important than the AP's.
  • ZzzLoneZzzLone Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    THANK YOU. you guys are really nice
    yeap, it's beyond APs and grades.
    I've quite some activities, but the advisors said colleges stated that they also want to know that one has the ability to do college-level work.

    I'm an international, and there's no such a thing as GED or what not, and if I choose homeschooling I probably can't take the A levels.
    So I'll take the APs in place of that, as I heard that's what 11th-12th grade students do..
    plus it's college-level (though it's still a little diff from college)
  • PVmusicmomPVmusicmom Registered User Posts: 307 Member
    " it's beyond APs and grades." - correct!
  • MKsophomoreMKsophomore Registered User Posts: 116 Junior Member
    I will be taking AP English Literature, AP English Language, AP World History, AP European History, AP Psychology.
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