D23 just got her junior year schedule, which she’s very happy with except she wasn’t able to squeeze in both of the electives she wanted -- AP Music Theory and AP Computer Science A. Each of them are only offered every other year. She’s planning on studying CS or engineering in college, but music (performance and composition even more so) is one of her main ECs. She loves band and her music teachers and is an all-county level clarinet player. She did take AP CS Principles last year as a sophomore and got a 98 in the class and a 5 on the AP exam.
(Apologies in advance as this is turning into a roundabout way of asking the topic question ) Her CS teacher has offered to let her do AP Computer Science A as an independent study course next year, which will allow her to take AP Music Theory this year. However, this might impinge on her ability to take AP Physics 1, AP Calc BC and AP Research all next year as well (she took AP Seminar last year as a sophomore.) Given her intention to study CS or engineering in college, my instinct is that she should prioritize Calc BC and Physics as the main building block courses. But in the battle of electives, if she had to choose between AP CSA and AP Research, which should get the tip? At least when she took AP Seminar, it counted as her English class last year, but Research is considered an elective, and she will still have to take an English class in addition.
So I guess I’m wondering if it’s more important for her to complete the Capstone program, or to further her CS interest - especially since CSA is considered the more rigorous of the AP CS courses. The Capstone thing didn’t exist (or at least was not at our HS) when my D17 was going through this so I don’t really have a sense for how big a deal it is. I do feel pretty strongly that D23 has earned the right to take Music Theory for the pure pleasure of it, especially after all the disruptions and craziness of the last 2 years. But beyond that, I know CS programs have gotten so competitive to get into, plus we’ll be looking for merit, so I’m trying to help D23 steer the best course. Any thoughts or experience appreciated!