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5 months ago
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Does this workload seem too heavy for a sophmore?
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Im currently a freshman in highschool and choosing classes for next year and i am stumped on if i should choose these classes. Currently my list is;

AP Seminar

AP Comp Sci Princ

APUSH

Pre-calc

Orchestra

Spanish III

Chemistry

Physics

I sadly dont have space for a study hall and I am beginning to worry if this work load is too heavy. For context these are the classes im currently taking (Each grade is a 97%+(A+))

AP HUG

English 9

Algebra 2

Geometry

Biology

Orchestra

Spanish II

If anyone has suggestions on how i can be successful next please let me know!

10th-grade
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@_KC_5 months ago [edited]

I don’t think your workload is heavy, I am also planning on taking 3-6 APs on my sophomore, but APUSH could be a bit hard.

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5 months ago

Hey there @ss_ishaan!

I'm a sophomore right now, and I don't think that's an outrageous course load. My school only allows sophomores to take one AP class, but I'm taking all honors (English, Chemistry, and Precalculus) plus AP World right now, as well as Latin III, choir, and a study hall. I do think that sophomore year is considerably harder than freshman year, especially with the added stress of improving extracurriculars and starting standardized test prep.

I would suggest possibly not taking APUSH and/or physics next year and saving them for the following year instead. You seem to be doubled (or even tripled) up on certain classes, and while that can be okay, I'm not sure if it's entirely necessary in your sophomore year. I would take a moment to consider what classes you want to take during your junior and senior years as well as a list of what graduation requirements you still need to meet. My school offers limited honors or AP-level sciences beyond physics (just anatomy, AP CompSci, and APES), so if you're interested in taking higher-level sciences beyond tenth grade, maybe consider dropping one of the sciences you were planning to take next year.

My school requires teacher recommendations for classes, but if your school doesn't, it could be smart to ask your current teachers what courses they suggest for you next year. It's also possible that you could drop a class or two a few weeks into the school year if it seems like something won't work out, but it would probably be wise to avoid that if possible as it can mess up other aspects of your class schedule.

Good luck!

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5 months ago

This coursework doesn't seem too bad. As long you can manage it and keep your grades up it should be fine. If your school considers AP Pre-Calc you might want to consider taking that:

I'm currently a sophomore and this is my coursework this year (pretty easy for me, but its the hardest my school offers):

APUSH

College Spanish I

College Pre Calc

College Bio

PE

AP Physics

Band

H. English

Outside of school i'm taking:

Intro to Microbiology (College course)

Biochemistry 252 (College course)

Anatomy and Physiology (College course)

AP Microeconomics

AP Psychology

AP Environmental Science

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5 months ago

I think you’re fine. APUSH isn’t super hard, it’s just super time-consuming. Make sure you have time for the workload if you’re doing it.

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