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AP Art History for 8th grader

anonymousssssssanonymousssssss 2 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
Would this be too much? The course would be taken on FLVS if that helps...
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  • anonymousssssssanonymousssssss 2 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
    Also would the course credit count for college?
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 22432 replies14 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Probably no to the college credit question. Usually colleges only allow credit/placement for math and foreign language credits taken before 9th grade, and usually those are used as part of the '4 years of required math' or 4 years of a foreign language.

    My daughter took Art History as a senior. She'd had AP Euro, Latin, and a ton of religion classes. She found it hard but really liked it. Why would an 8th grader need to take it, and is it even allowed?
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 6634 replies41 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    D had a friend who took AP Art History to meet the school fine arts requirement because he didn't want to do music or drawing. His mom told me that it was a ton of work and a big mistake.
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  • squ1rrelsqu1rrel 347 replies23 postsRegistered User Member
    I thought that you had to be in 9th grade to take an AP exam...
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  • skieuropeskieurope 38478 replies6732 postsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    I thought that you had to be in 9th grade to take an AP exam.
    Nope. I took 2 in 8th grade.

    My standard answer for AP Art History, based on my expereince as a 12th grader, is if you are into art and architecture, and have reasonably good memorization skills, it's a piece of cake. If you don't like art and/or bad at memorization, it will be a loooooong year. That said, I'm not sure the reason for taking in 8th grade.
    Also would the course credit count for college?
    Course credit ultimately depends upon the college she ultimately attends. Public colleges generally give credit for every subject with an acceptable score. Privates are more selective. For those private colleges that give credit for AP, art history falls about somewhere in the middle. Not as universal as calc, but more than AP Research. I did not take a survey, but I'm not aware of a college that will refuse credit simply because the course was taken in 8th grade, although there may be a few.
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  • brantlybrantly 3873 replies67 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    But, why?
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 33101 replies358 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I can't imagine truly learning from AP art history, with only a middle school background in history. Context matters, if you want to be educated.

    If you just want an AP and a score, well, dont hold your breath adcoms at a top private will swoon.
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  • PepperJoPepperJo 281 replies10 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited July 23
    D19 took it in May, and she loves art and art history. Of the 9 AP classes she took in HS, this was at the top in terms of memorization and work. It was not an easy class. Didn't help that it was her teacher's first year teaching that class, and the format of the test had recently changed. Thankfully she did very well on the test though.
    edited July 23
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  • anonymousssssssanonymousssssss 2 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
    Thanks for everyone that has answered. As for the reason, I like to challenge myself and I thought that would be interesting. Not sure if that made a lot of sense. Also, I am homeschooled for now but I am applying for an insanely competitive high school which I would really like to get into. I thought taking this course might help. If I were to take AP art history I would reallyyy like to make sure that it will count for college as well. If anyone can confirm this that would be amazing. TY!
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 22432 replies14 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    There is no answer of whether it will count for college. Some schools give credit for AP courses while others don't. Some require a 4 or 5 on the AP test. Some colleges will allow up to 12 AP credits while others allow 40.

    If the only reason you are taking it is for college credit, don't do it.
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  • brantlybrantly 3873 replies67 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Depends what college you go to.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 38478 replies6732 postsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    If I were to take AP art history I would reallyyy like to make sure that it will count for college as well.
    Unless one is 100% certain that they will attend a safety, or will be an auotadmit based on GPA (which nobody can take as a given before maybe 11th grade), course selection should never be done with college credit as the primary goal. AP courses add to rigor, which is helpful in admissions even if credit is not given.
    I am applying for an insanely competitive high school which I would really like to get into. I thought taking this course might help.
    Again, not a reason to take the course. It will likely not be a determining factor, particularly if the stats are not there.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41559 replies447 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    You might want to try AP Human Geography instead - it's designed for 9th/10th graders, as a gateway to the harder APs. It'd still be very challenging for an 8th grader but at least you'd have a shot and learn something. Take AP Art History without AP World nor AP Euro, in fact without HS history, would be a waste of time.
    The higher ranked the college, the less likely you are to be getting credit, because at highly selective college students who took APs/IB classes are the default setting.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41559 replies447 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    * Taking (AP Art History)...
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