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Senior Yr Schedule

yikesyikesyikesyikes 9 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10 New Member
Hi so I didn't know where to put this but I figured that the parents would probably be most knowledgeable about this.
So I have my senior year schedule figured out and now I'm worried that it's not competitive enough. I am really hoping or at least aiming to get into a top university or LAC (not like HYPS but still intimidatingly competitive schools) so keep that in mind.
So over summer I am taking these three courses at the local community college;
State and Local Govt
Principles of Sociology
Intro to Psychology

and senior year, I am taking
AP Spanish
AP Chem
AP Euro
AP Calculus AB
Physics
Ceramics
Model UN/NATO (at community college; it's really like a club but you get a credit)

So as you can see, I only have 4 APs. Last year I also had 4 APs and was hoping that I would do like 5 or 6 this year but the way the classes were scheduled, a lot of APs overlap and so I had to take regular physics. Also, last year I took AP Stats and so I will be ending my senior year with just Calc AB. So anyway, are the classes rigorous enough? There's nothing I can really do b/c of overlapping, but I just want to know if this is considered a rigorous schedule to selective colleges anyway. I want to major in poli sci and minor in Spanish by the way! Thanks!
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  • YnotgoYnotgo 3877 replies58 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,935 Senior Member
    Do you have an English class? Many (most?) colleges require 4 years of English.
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  • yikesyikesyikesyikes 9 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Well I took Honors English 1 in 8th grade and took English in 9th, 10th, and 11th so I have four years. I would take one senior year but I already took the two AP English courses. I even still looked into taking the next highest up but it would be English 4 Honors (so kinda a downgrade) and I would have to drop an AP.
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  • yikesyikesyikesyikes 9 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10 New Member
  • MarianMarian 13159 replies83 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 13,242 Senior Member
    Unless that 8th grade English class appears on your high school transcript, you probably ought to take an English course, even if it means one fewer AP. Not only do some colleges require four years of English, you may need four years of it to graduate from high school.
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  • yikesyikesyikesyikes 9 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10 New Member
    It appears on the transcript and it's counted for graduation, fortunately. :) Do you still think I should take English Honors 4? I got a 5 on the AP Lang exam if it means anything (idk my score on the Lit exam yet)
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  • yikesyikesyikesyikes 9 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Anyone else have opinions on the English thing and the rigorousness of my schedule in general?
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41134 replies445 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 41,579 Senior Member
    Any chance you can replace AP chemistry Ugh dual enrollment English ? Since you took AP Lang and AP lit, you should be able to take sophomore level seminars, which is even more rigorous than AP. Or one semester college sophomore English , one semester philosophy.
    3 AP s and one dual enrollment class would be absolutely fine - ideal from Adcoms' point of view, sufficiently rigorous without being overwhelming, and well-balanced.
    Taking physics, even regular, is more important than taking a random AP. And since it's a science, you don't need AP chemistry. But not having English will look bad.
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  • yikesyikesyikesyikes 9 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Unfortunately the community college that I am going to take a few classes at requires you to take the equivalents of AP lang and AP lit before taking any other English courses and they don't accept AP credits. They also don't allow you to place out of it. :/ @MYOS1634
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  • yikesyikesyikesyikes 9 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Like they require you to take English Comp 1 and 2 if you are a high school student. My school just started a book club late this year. Do you think if I joined that colleges won't care about the English? Lol kinda getting desperate. I mean I already took two AP English classes and got A's and a 5 on at least one of them so I didn't anticipate it mattering.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41134 replies445 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 41,579 Senior Member
    Well, then, take Philosophy 100 at the college, it'll be way more rigorous than English IV, and it'll cover your English requirement for college admission without your having to take Composition at the college. Or, if they have an interdisciplinary Freshman Seminar (like Writing/Urban Studies, or Writing/Legal issues...) you could take that. Take just one and you'll be good.
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  • MassmommMassmomm 3821 replies78 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,899 Senior Member
    Why not simply ask the colleges you are interested in applying to? It's true that pretty much every college requires four years of English in high school (some might not count that 8th grade year, even if it's on your transcript) but if you've maxed out on English at your school, they may be fine with that. So ask them!
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  • mathmommathmom 31930 replies155 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 32,085 Senior Member
    If you've taken AP Lang and Lit I don't think you'll have an issue. It's unusual though. Your schedule looks fine to me. My oldest (who got into Harvard) took 3 APs senior year and a post AP math course. My youngest (who got int U Chicago, Vassar and Tufts) also took just 3 APs senior year. You are judged in the context of your school, so if there's an AP war going on, you might need to take more, but generally I think 6-10 APs will make you competitive for most schools.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 37348 replies6485 discussionsSuper Moderator Posts: 43,833 Super Moderator
    My oldest (who got into Harvard) took 3 APs senior year and a post AP math course. My youngest (who got int U Chicago, Vassar and Tufts) also took just 3 APs senior year.
    My senior year schedule consisted of 2 AP classes, 2 post-AP classes, and ...wait for it... a theater class and a photography class. I had no problems at all in the admissions process. As I've said many, many times in this forum, which is backed up by both Stanford and MIT, the college admissions process is not an arms race; the one with the most AP's does not always win.

    The English thing makes me nervous though. I agree with @Massmomm ; ask some of your targeted colleges.
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  • YnotgoYnotgo 3877 replies58 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,935 Senior Member
    It might make a difference to some colleges whether the English course in 8th grade was taken on the high school campus or on the middle school campus.
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  • compmomcompmom 10579 replies76 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10,655 Senior Member
    edited May 2016
    I think you are fine. Have the guidance counselor explain the overlaps and that you took high school honors English in 8th grade.

    If you loved English, you could take a CLEP and do classes at the community college, but I think you are fine.

    Why are you taking those classes in the summer? Do you need them to graduate? I would find something better to do :)

    Honestly, I don't think adding AP classes will help your admissions that much. I think that your time could be better spent doing something you are interested in, whether in school or outside. And you could work this summer. Colleges are trying to honor that...
    edited May 2016
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