Hi, I’m currently a junior in high school. My main concern right now is AP Calculus AB. My school is known for having an extremely difficult AP Calculus course: a majority of the students who take the class end up with a B or C, but they also mostly score 5’s on the AP test. It’s demanding and even though I’ve managed to receive A’s from all my previous Honors Math classes, I’m worried that I’ll end up with a B. The test curves and class projects (which would boost my grade) are affected because of Covid-19 and distance learning.

I don’t plan on going into STEM or intensely math-related majors in college as I have an interest in criminal justice and/or art, and I mainly took AP Calculus AB for a challenge. However, I have four more AP classes in my junior year schedule, I plan on taking AP Statistics my senior year, and I have volunteering, competitions, extracurriculars, sports, SAT studying, etc.

I would drop AP Calculus AB, except that there are no classes available for me to switch into as of right now. I would have a free period. Additionally, due to personal reasons, I took two free periods sophomore year and I feel like having one more free period in junior year won’t look very good on my application. (My school works on a quarter system, so I took one free period for each semester, leaving me with 6 out of 8 possible classes that year.)

I wanted to ask if taking this free period would be detrimental to my application, and if spending this much time and effort in AP Calculus AB (and possibly even getting a B after all the time spent) would be worth it. Should I use that time to pursue other things instead? I would really appreciate some input on this.