My DD’s in 10th grade but since touring W&M with her older brother, W&M has become her dream school. We’re having an argument about the rigor of her 11th grade classes and wanted some additional perspectives…
She’s generally a strong student at a competitive NoVA HS. She gets mostly As in honors classes but also took AP World History and AP Gov in 9th-10th and has struggled with those, getting Bs. History/social studies is not a big interest. She loves science and wants to major in something like environmental science, wanting to get a PhD and do research.
Her school does not limit advanced classes but I don’t want her taking more than 3 AP/IB classes. Two of those will be AP English and AP Calculus AB. She wants to take both IB Biology and APUSH. I think she should take regular history and lean into the advanced classes in her strength. But she’s worried that it will hurt her to not take APUSH like most of her friends. So, her 11th grade schedule would be:
AP Language & Composition
AP Calculus AB
IB Biology (year 1 of a 2-yr sequence)
US History (regular)
Physics (regular level)
12th grade would be
IB Biology (year 2)
IB Environmental Systems (double period)
Given that she has plenty of rigor in math, science, English. Does the history class matter?