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Whats the deal with accelerated classes in high school?

Can someone explain the difference between 'accelerated' classes compared to AP or IB? I’m trying to plan out my junior year schedule and want to challenge myself but not sure if colleges prefer one type over the other. Do colleges even care or should I just take whichever’s more interesting?

7 months ago

Hey there! I'm glad to see you're planning ahead for your junior year — it's a great time to dive into courses that can challenge and interest you! 'Accelerated' classes are typically faster-paced and cover topics more in-depth than regular classes but may not always be standardized like AP (Advanced Placement) or IB (International Baccalaureate) classes. AP and IB classes are designed with a curriculum that culminates in an exam, which can potentially earn you college credits. Colleges tend to look favorably on students who challenge themselves with AP and IB courses because these classes often mirror college-level material.

However, this doesn't mean accelerated courses aren't valuable. They can still impress colleges, especially if they're in subjects that align with your interests or intended major. So it's not strictly about preference — think about balance. I'd suggest considering a mix that includes whichever classes seem most interesting to you plus some AP or IB courses in subjects where you might want that potential college credit. This way, you're not only demonstrating your willingness to take on challenges but also engaging deeply with subjects that you care about. Hope this helps, and best of luck with your junior year planning!

7 months ago

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