High School Difficulty

<p>I'm the editor of my school newspaper, and I've written many articles about the difficulty of the courses in my school because I believe that a person should not be able to take 6 AP or Honors classes in one year. I mean, these AP classes are supposed to be college-level courses and there is no possible way a person could take 6 tough courses in college</p>

<p>Anyway...I was just wondering if my school is like every other school and it is very conceiveable to take 6 tough classes without killing yourself. Colleges like Penn expect you to take these courses so that you have the "most rigorous courseload available", but what if that is just impossible? Are any of your high schools like that?</p>

<p>Also, how much do you think a school takes into account if your high school requires a 90 or a 92 or 93 for an A and if your high school has a reputation for having easy AP classes and big grade inflation? I would think this would be a big factor when admitting/rejecting.</p>

<p>well if you're school has big grade inflation then everyone else in the school gets grade inflated too. So that's where rank matters and stuff. Also, if you go to a good school Penn or any other college probably knows a little about it. And then most GC's attach a statement about the school and what goes on and stuff.</p>

<p>I agree that 6 AP classes should not be a curriculum at a high scool school. Even though at my school, I'm taking 4 AP classes and then 2 classes at college that count as AP classes for a total of 6 ap classes in the 2nd semester. However, I'm going above and beyond what my school offers, which is a horse of a different color, I think.</p>

<p>we cant really at our school since we have a block schedule</p>

<p>there is just no timeee</p>

<p>I don't think there's a point in limiting the academic possibilities for students at a school where they're available. Where there's a will there's a way, as chocoman demonstrates.</p>

<p>I'm taking 5 APs this year, and it's honestly not as bad as I thought it would be. You get used to it, and the second half of the year is a joke anyway.</p>

<p>i have 5 APs, an honors class (required), and a class that is weighed just as much as an AP....my school does not make its AP classes easy; its a lot harder to get an A for a talented student in an AP class than it is for a lesser talented student to get an A in a lower level class....i do about 30 min. of hw per night....maybe an hr on sunday night....i get As (and i got all 5s on my APs last year)....so overall, taking all those classes is not only possible, but it could even be easy</p>

<p>I have 8 aps as of now (senior taking 3 aps classes and orgo, which is harder than my ap classes)</p>

<p>Some ap classes are easy- especially the history ap courses. Some aren't that bad: english, chem, and bio comes to mind. But there are difficult ones like cal bc (I took precal, ab, and bc in one year) and phys c. ap is merely a designation, one can take 5 aps but take like english, stats, calc ab, and 2 histories and survive easily.</p>

<p>i have 9 ap's as of my senior year, plus one community college class. its not so bad at all. i actually regret only taking 3 my junior year. it is a bit difficult though, because some ap classes are kind of obscure (like ap art history of ap latin vergil) the school can only offer one section of it and so some classes overlap with each otehr and you cant possibly take all the classes you want. anyways, taking 9 ap's is no big deal at my school. some kids take like 15 total.</p>

<p>Haha.. reading this will make you weep, but it makes me grin maniacally. </p>

<p>My school doesn't offer any AP's because we've been smashed by no child left behind act, so I have rank 1 and most rigorous courseload by just taking normal classes. Additionally, I live in the middle of no where, and no one has ever applied to Penn from here before.. so geographic preference!! </p>

<p>This definitely calls for some evil laughing. </p>


<p>btw, for those of you talking about taking 9 APs, i think the kid who started this forum meant 6 APs in one year, not 6 APs total.</p>

<p>yup....for my post....all those APs are in ONE year</p>

<p>Penn knows your school. That's why they have regional admissions officers. For example, my school is one of the top two in the D.C. Metro area but because it's Quaker, there are no honors English or History classes (only advanced math and science). All the classes are hard and the very best students take 3-5 APs during all four years. Keep in my mind that this year there are about 8 kids applying to Harvard early, 7 to Yale, 6 to Penn, 5 to Columbia, and about 14 more to other Ivies. This is out of a class of 120. Believe me, they know the school.</p>

<p>I love Quakers.</p>

<p>Penn, Swarthmore and Haverford are my top 3 schools. Swat and 'Ford are a distant 2nd and 3rd though, obviously.</p>

<p>Hopefully I'll be a Quaker for life lol.</p>