It’s that time of year again, when high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors select their courses for the next academic year. Many students and parents agonize over these choices. In general, the more selective the college a student aims for, the more rigorous the courseload ought to be; however, a full complement of honors and/or AP courses simply isn’t realistic or sustainable for every student.
High school rigor is an important element of a college admission officer’s review of a high school transcript. There are multiple curricula that add rigor and challenge to the course of study, like honors programs, accelerated classes, dual enrollment programs, or Advanced Placement (AP) coursework. One curriculum that is commonly found outside the US, which is growing in popularity within the US, is the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.
How many AP classes should you take? The answer, like many in the college admissions world is, “It depends.” In this installment of the College Coach video series, Ask the College Admissions Expert, former Reed College admissions officer, Ian Fisher, guides students and parents through how to answer this question for themselves.