Hello,

I am finalizing my courses for my senior year soon, and I am stuck on what math class to take. I have taken Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus and AP Statistics (with A’s in each). I am horrible at math and need a good teacher in order to succeed, so I avoided taking AP Calculus at my high school because the teacher is not good (she makes you learn from YouTube videos and packets while giving hard tests, and I don’t want to ruin my 4.0 GPA over that). Because of this, I am in a tough spot finding a math class this year. I am afraid that what I may pick would look bad for colleges or less rigorous. I am applying to one top 10 college (specifically Duke, ED) and several top 20’s. I have a few options:

I can take dual enrollment college algebra with the University of Florida, I can take Calculus with my local community college (which I’d rather not do since I already planned on taking UF classes and I’m not sure if its too late to switch), or I can take AP Calculus on Florida Virtual School (although I’m not sure my learning would be sufficient on an online math class).

Please let me know if you think I’m over thinking how much top colleges care about this. I’m actually pretty stressed out about it since I don’t want to accidentally put myself at a disadvantage.

Thank you for any advice you can give!