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Should I take pre-calc?
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Hi, new here. I'm a sopmore and I have might have to choice of taking honors pre-calc or college algebra and I don't know what to do. An honors class is good and although I do okay when it comes to math, I don't like it. Also, I'm probably going to be taking AP American History and AP Lang and Comp along with a two hour period Theatre Production class that requires after school work. I'm worried that pre calc might be a bit much for me. If I don't take it, will it do something to my chances of getting into college?

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@zadams6 months ago

I think you should do college algebra. It's not too hard and it will count towards college credit. Try Pre-calc after taking college algebra!

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6 months ago

First of all - welcome aboard! This is a great place for support and information. It is great that you found it early!

First of all - balance. It sounds like you are really driven to do many things, which is great. It is also clear you are self-aware enough to know that you could get in over your head.

You are clearly taking a demanding course load already. Theatre is always a timesuck, no matter how you try to make it pay attention to schedules. If you were not taking such a heavy schedule already, I would absolutely encourage you to take the more demanding course. However, I think your concern about taking too much is totally on track.

Your college chances should not be much affected by this choice, based on your total picture. Make sure you have your ECs worked out as well! Best of luck!

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6 months ago[edited]

Welcome! I hope you find it helpful and friendly here.

My counselor advised that you take the class you think is harder in HS. You are a sophomore though so you have time to take both, take what you feel will be easier to not overwork yourself now since you have a full schedule. If you feel junior year will be even busier I would take the most difficult one now. Kinda confusing as it requires future thinking but whatever you decide it should not impact you negatively as you are already talking tons of classes with high rigor.

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6 months ago

I took Math Analysis/Trigonometry Honors, which is essentially precalculus combined with trigonometry. There is virtually no harm in taking an honors class, and the class itself isn't very hard as long as you are balancing your coursework even a little. I would, however, suggest that you take one less AP class. While it is tempting to make yourself look good to colleges, I wouldn't say it's worth it to take AP English 11. AP U.S. History is already a hard class, and I would also suggest saving AP English for your senior year at the most.

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6 months ago

If you don't plan on going into a field that is math oriented then there is really no reason to take pre-cal, college algebra looks just as good as pre-cal but pre-cal(at least at my school) is a lot harder than college algebra.

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6 months ago

I think which class you pick ultimately depends on what you want to do after school. Based on your theatre production comment, I'm guessing you probably aren't going into a science field, so pre-calc might not even be a necessary class for you. If I had your course load, I would probably take college algebra, but that's just a personal choice.

Not taking pre-calc will certainly not impact your chances at getting into college as long as you're taking other rigorous classes.

Good luck this year!

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6 months ago

Even though it is a lot of work in the long run it might be the reason your kids can go to Disney. Focus on the outcome because it will be worth it. If you do not think you can then sign up for other higher classes and do lots of extra credit. Hope this helps!

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