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4 Years of Language vs. AP Science Class


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  • lkf725lkf725 4596 replies184 threads Senior Member
    Since your son already took AP Bio and Hon. Chem, would it be possible to take the AP Physics and AP Language next year? I can't imagine that they would hold it against him that he only took one chem course in high school.
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  • mootmommootmom 4038 replies124 threads Senior Member
    OK so regardless of what some colleges are looking for, which would HE rather do? Which is HE more excited and passionate about? I'd say that's the one he should take.

    (Insert something here about following your passions rather than trying to make yourself into the student you think a particular college is likely to accept... and add a small pinch of salt for those few schools that have 4-year language requirements/preferences...)
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  • HImomHImom 36007 replies396 threads Senior Member
    My kid had to choose between taking a 4th year of Mandarin (& jumping from "regular" to honors or AP Mandarin) or dropping it & taking his 2nd year of AP Physics (C--E&M). He is VERY glad he choose to take physics instead with a teacher he loves & he plans to pursue engineering anyway, not languages. The schools he applied to never mentioned his not having 4 years of language & he got some good merit aid. (Oh yeah, he only took one chem & one bio class in HS too.)
    It's important for the student to decide what s/he wants--I agree with mootmom.
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  • sjmom2329sjmom2329 2896 replies34 threads Member
    Sorry, I got distracted during my earlier post and didn't really say what I wanted to. I meant to add that even though my son took a bunch of AP math and science classes, he still finds the physics and math classes at his college to be challenging. BC Calc let him take multivariable/vector calculus 1st quarter, and he's also taken differential equations and complex variables. His AP physics allowed him to place into an honors sequence for first year physics, but his school does not allow kids to skip this series. I think most of the kids who major in engineering or physical sciences would have taken the AP classes in high school, so I think that your son would be at a disadvantage if he didn't have the same opportunity. These majors are hard! At a school like Princeton there are bound to be some really bright kids -- I think that if your son wants to pursue these majors he should do as much prep as possible in high school.
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  • jerzgrlmomjerzgrlmom 1223 replies22 threads Senior Member
    My son is another one who likes to follow his interests (which is why he likes schools like Brown without core curriculums). Next yr, he will be taking AP Physics and no language (he did 3 yrs). He doubled up in sciences (our HS requires one yr of honors level before AP level) because he wanted to take AP Bio, AP Chem and AP Physics. He is one of those kids who refuses to take the cake class just because it's an easy A (if he's not interested in it, he considers it a waste of time). Not sure how that attitude will play out next yr...

    When my d was looking at schools, she found many state universities didn't require 4 yrs but most selective LACs expected 4 yrs. She did take 4 yrs of honors level but her college didn't require 4 yrs. And as it turns out, she doesn't even need to take language in college - but I think she may minor in it because she likes it.
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