Don't get caught up in the AP hype. You don't need a million APs in high school. In fact, you really shouldn't have too many APs. All tests and no fun make a dull teen. A recent study of 400,000 entrants to about 100 colleges proves that high school sanity reigns supreme.
How Many APs should your student take? Here are some guidelines:
College admission advisers may recommend more and more APs, but that's not what will really impress a college. I have known some homeschoolers who were so busy taking AP classes that they didn't have time to cover core subjects, or have the time they needed to pursue interests and delight directed learning.
Homeschool parents know their child best and make the best guidance counselor for their student. We can ensure that our child does enough to meet their career goals, but not so much they get burned out and frustrated. Read Proof positive that the best guidance counselor is YOU!
If you don't need 12 APs, what do Ivy League schools want?
For all classes on the transcript, I recommend either a whole or half credit, not smaller or larger. Here an easy to remember "formula" for dual enrollment college classes:
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