AP Chemistry AND Honors Physics in the same year?

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AP Chemistry AND Honors Physics in the same year?
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Sun, 01-23-2011 - 4:30pm

My daughter will be a junior next year, and this is the sign-up period for next year's classes. Her honors chem teacher is

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Mon, 02-07-2011 - 11:29am

I received college credit for my AP classes back in the 80's.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 02-10-2011 - 5:17pm

Funny, I was just coming to post a similar question, at what point do you question their course load as potentially being too rigorous? Jordyn and I have had the discussion about letting go and bit and enjoying high school and not being so stressed out about her course load. she's proposing to take her junior year: AP Statistics, Pre-AP Physics, AP U.S. History, Pre-AP Engligh III, Pre-AP Latin 3 (though its a college book they use), Pre-AP Art Portfolio, and Cheerleading. That just sounds like such a heavy load to me, especially since she'll be cheering at least 1-2 times a week, including traveling for varsity, will be the vice-president for Latin club, involved in the photography club, and wants to do NHS. I always am a bit hesitant that she's taking on too much.

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Fri, 02-11-2011 - 10:16am

Funny, I was just coming to post a similar question, at what point do you question their course load as potentially being too rigorous?

I always think colleges prefer (and it's preferable just for the sake of learning) to take harder classes, even if you do a little worse in terms of GPA.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 11:28am
Thanks Theresa, it actually is AP English III, I was doing it from memory and just looked it up. She took her first AP World History class this year and while its been a bit of struggle learning to balance everything with such an increased amount of work from WH and Algebra II, she has done well. We discussed it in the fall when she was working so hard, looking forward to how good of an idea to potentially have 3 classes with that much work and 4 other classes and add in all the outside activities.

Its been an interesting discussion as to college credits, etc. I know with her WH class, they do use a college text book and the instructor told us at the beginning of the year that it would be a very hard class and recommended getting one of the AP prep books to help prepare for the AP test because there was no way he could cover everything that could potentially be on the AP test in their school year. We do also have the dual credit classes at our school where they actually take a community college class with a college professor for both the h/s and college credit. They can do those both their junior and senior years. Jordyn doesn't really want to do that currently, but DH is highly suggesting she take either her science or math course her senior year that way in order to transfer it to college later. She doesn't need a math her senior year to graduate, after next year she'll already have her 4 math credits, and since she wants to be an art major, she's still deciding on things.
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Fri, 02-11-2011 - 4:18pm

recommended getting one of the AP prep books to help prepare for the AP test because there was no way he could cover everything that could potentially be on the AP test in their school year

I second that - dd18 also found the books helpful just for the class itself. We bought them with coupons from B&N or Amazon and the $15 or $20 we spent paid off in spades.

We do also have the dual credit classes at our school where they actually take a community college class with a college professor for both the h/s and college credit. They can do those both their junior and senior years. Jordyn doesn't really want to do that currently, but DH is highly suggesting she take either her science or math course her senior year that way in order to transfer it to college later.

My dds chose not to do this - the CC courses tended to be more basic and not for the really advanced students. I am sure it is highly variable, but near us, the really motivated kids tended to be in the AP courses versus the dual-credit courses. As an art student, your dd also may not need much additional credit for college. Dd18 is an English major, and she knew that she could test out of her math requirements by getting at least a 29 on her ACT math. We invested in yet another book ;) and she really prepped and was able to do that (the other subjects were easy for her, but she had to work hard for that 29). She still has to take some natural and mathematical sciences for her degree, but at least she gets out of the actual straight math class, which she didn't like. OTOH, your dd sounds more like the OP's dd and if she's taking AP Stats this year, it is probably no big deal for her to take more math....

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Mon, 02-14-2011 - 11:12am
theresa1107 wrote:

My dds chose not to do this - the CC courses tended to be more basic and not for the really advanced students. I am sure it is highly variable, but near us, the really motivated kids tended to be in the AP courses versus the dual-credit courses. As an art student, your dd also may not need much additional credit for college. Dd18 is an English major, and she knew that she could test out of her math requirements by getting at least a 29 on her ACT math. We invested in yet another book ;) and she really prepped and was able to do that (the other subjects were easy for her, but she had to work hard for that 29). She still has to take some natural and mathematical sciences for her degree, but at least she gets out of the actual straight math class, which she didn't like. OTOH, your dd sounds more like the OP's dd and if she's taking AP Stats this year, it is probably no big deal for her to take more math....

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Wed, 03-02-2011 - 10:15am

When my DD was a senior, she was taking AP Calculus, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, Spanish, an English elective (1st sem it was Violence in American Society, 2nd sem it was Semantics) and psych.

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Wed, 03-02-2011 - 11:12am

Hey Tracy can I make a suggestion?

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Registered: 03-15-2011
Tue, 03-15-2011 - 12:36pm

Hi ashmama!

It's a tough decision and one that we see often.

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