My D24 will need to finalize her course selection at a large public CA high school in August. She is extremely talented vocally and was just accepted to a year round advanced acapella group. She also does the spring musical as one class each year, which counts for p.e. credit. So right there that is 3/8 courses taken up by electives. Her school is on the block system and the requirements generally follow the UC A-G minimum requirements, with a couple of extras (health, etc.) The choir and MT programs at her school are excellent and they have won numerous state competitions in the past but she is unlikely to have a lot of other ECs. She is a gifted student with close to a 4.0UW but does not want to do summer school at the community college and enjoys a summer performance camp. Prior testing is usually off the charts in ELA, but low advanced in math (could have worsened since potentially). Math rigor is honors level, not top and she will do 3 years. Her high school has numerous APs and DE classes available to take on campus. So far they have tentatively scheduled APs in ELA and history. Another parent suggested subbing APES for honors Chemistry offered by the counselor, and taking AP Psych.
She has a 529 account and we are full pay. She is fairly likely to stay in state for College I would guess at this point and apply to highly selective schools. My guess is she will apply either as an English or maybe graphic art (so, thankfully not one of the most popular majors). We have yet to learn about the MT application process / major. I don’t see her being a music major since she will learn some theory but likes to do it her way/by ear and quit formal piano.
The counselor so far has met only with the student and parents were not welcome to attend. I sent some questions that are so far unanswered, the main one being can she complete the core requirements without summer school and have all of these electives. I’ve started a spreadsheet but will check that myself. I think not. Then, secondly I’m wondering if she should shoot for more APs vs. DEs. My personal suspicion is that AP scores might get a good look at TO or TB schools by 2024. Any thoughts are welcome. Thanks!