My son is currently a 11th grader. He plans to take summer courses to boost GPA as he didn’t do well in the last semester. He is interested in majoring in Engineering. The courses in consideration are: AP Physics C and AP Microeconomics offered by another high school, or their equivalent in community college. These two courses are not offered at his high school at all, and the grades will come with a separate transcript for GPA calculation.
Which option is better when it comes to college application? Any advantage AP courses over community college courses if the goals are getting a higher GPA and showing a concrete indicator of academic abilities? Whether or not he takes AP exams for those two courses next Spring will not affect the college application this Fall.