back to Admissions Advice
06/12/2020 at 11:11PM

Should I risk my GPA after I raised it up to a 3.88??

Hello!! I'm currently a sophomore in high school and I will be a junior this fall. During my freshman year I had a 3.700 but by the beginning of sophomore year it lowered to a 3.64. However, now after finishing my sophomore year I raised up my GPA to a 3.88!! During my junior year, I'll be taking 3 honors classes and 1 AP (Spanish).But, I'm fluent in Spanish and I don't think it'll impress elite colleges like Princeton University, my dream school. I took chemistry this year and got straight A's but struggled a lot. Therefore, there is a possibility I'll be able to take AP Chemistry next year too. Should I risk my GPA and take AP Spanish and AP Chem or just take one and keep my GPA high?

* I tested into all honors classes and my school only offers 9 AP classes

NewYou earn karma when your answer is accepted or upvoted.

3 answers

06/13/2020 at 12:02AM

In my experience not taking challenging courses did a little damage to my GPA, however at my school AP Chem is also one of the hardest AP classes we have. If you do well in the class it will look really good on resumes and benefit your GPA but if your grades aren't that great then theres also a possibility of hurting the GPA you already have. I would say take the class because even though you struggled during chemistry this year you still made good grades so will have a good foundation to work with for AP Chem. Also i'm not sure if your school does this as well but at my school we get quality points added on to our final grade for the semester for each AP and Honors class we take that count towards our GPA. For example, I get 10 quality points added on to each of my AP classes so if I made a 93 at the end of the semester then a 103 goes into my GPA. If this is how your school operates as well then it is pretty hard to make bad grades in your AP classes as long as you do all the work and study.

06/13/2020 at 03:35PM

AP chem is the hardest AP class alongside Physics 1 and to be quite honest if you are not good at science those classes will wreck your gpa if you don’t put in an insane amount of effort to maintain your grades. My honest recommendation as someone who took Physics 1 as a sophomore is take the class, but if it is too difficult and your grades are really consistently poor drop it. I almost dropped but my parents convinced me to stay, and I worked really hard to end up with a B+ final grade. It was not easy at all and I cried to sleep so many times cause of that class haha.... this is not meant to scare you but more so give you a reality check that those two classes are really really difficult and will require you to take it in a lot more effort that you are used to. I say give it a shot but if it doesn’t work out you can take any other AP or honors class that your school offers instead!

[🎤 AUTHOR]@julylilys06/13/2020 at 04:55PM

Tbh during my regular chemistry class, I had the easy teacher which is why I ended the year with a 94 but the others with the other chemistry teacher ended up with C's and D's but they learned more and memorized the whole periodic table. Also, my chemistry teacher didn't recommend anyone for AP Chemistry but the teacher from the other class did. I struggled with exponents and significant figures. I have to choose between AP Chemistry or Anatomy Honors, which one should I do? ;(

[🎤 AUTHOR]@julylilys06/13/2020 at 04:56PM

I worked really hard to raise up my GPA this year, I really don't want to bring it down.

@crsgo042206/13/2020 at 04:58PM

i understand why this is hard cause you have to find the balance between getting a very high gpa and having a hard courseload full of aps. i’d take honors anatomy, unless if you want to be a stem major then you might want to try ap chem.

@crsgo042206/13/2020 at 05:00PM

also if the people that the other teacher recommended were the kids who got c and d averages then idk maybe the teachers at your school aren’t that good and maybe you actually will do really well in ap chem (your grade in chem h isn’t indicative of it, per se) i think if you already took chemistry then taking again as long as you did pretty well won’t be a bad idea

[🎤 AUTHOR]@julylilys06/13/2020 at 05:18PM

I want to major in computer science. To be honest, my school is really confusing. Most of the teachers don’t put efforts into teaching the class. For example, my geometry teacher was horrible which is why I ended the year with a B (83). Also, I didn’t take chemistry honors. In my school, chemistry honors is the same as regular chemistry. The only difference is that they teach it faster. Also, I saw some of the workload that they teach in AP chemistry and I got a headache 😂

@crsgo042206/13/2020 at 05:24PM

oof i don’t really know... if you can take like a compsci maybe ap computer principles you should look at that. idk which science to take, it’s your discretion but i just gave you my view so you can get some outside perspective :) good luck!

06/12/2020 at 11:52PM

I've heard that AP Chemistry is a very rigorous and challenging course so only take that class if you're confident in your chem skills. Although AP classes boost up your GPA, they could also bring your GPA down very quickly. Take AP Spanish and do well on the end of the course exam for a college credit, and also look into what other AP classes you could take next year. Remember that your junior year is what colleges mainly look at, so keep your grades as high as possible!