Do you have recommendations on how many AP courses a student should have at time of applying for colleges?
Rather than focusing on number of Advanced Placement (AP) courses, I would instead concentrate on curriculum choices that make sense for your child. The expectations at the most selective colleges in the country are that the student will go to the highest level available in all five major subject areas (math, science, history/social science, English and foreign language). This can and often does mean taking AP courses in all five subjects by the time the student is a senior, though not all high schools will offer AP classes in all subject areas. If they are not offered, the student will not be penalized for not taking them (you can’t take what isn’t available!).