D23 just started school this week (private, Southern California). She struggled sophomore year with focus and motivation in the hybrid format, particularly since her most difficult courses (AP Spanish, honors pre-calc) were entirely online until mid-April. Her original junior year schedule had significantly dialed back the rigor (for her) to give her some breathing room and to allow her to take two electives (creative writing and theater). Before school began, she made a couple of changes to increase the rigor (went from AP Physics 2 to AP Physics C - Mechanics and from honors US history to APUSH), but I insisted that she stick with Calc AB instead of Calc BC. Luckily, her school is flexible enough that if she loves calc and wants to continue she will be allowed to do Calc BC senior year.
She’s also doing AP Language and Comp with the same teacher her older brother had: I’m happy because this teacher had high standards and prepared the kids well for the exam (brother got a 4) but didn’t impose a crushing workload.
Rounding out her schedule is Spanish literature 1, which is the school’s post-AP course and is reportedly less work than AP. D23 shocked herself (and me, quite frankly) by getting a 4 on the AP Spanish exam. After her first Spanish class this year, she was thrilled to report that she could understand everything the teacher said without translating it into English in her head.
Fingers crossed this coursework will be the right amount of rigor for her this year – challenging but not crushing.
BTW, her older brother, S20, graduated high school with “only” 3 APs and 3 honors courses total and had lots of wonderful choices for college, as did his classmates who graduated with fewer or none.