Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, which means that high school students are back in school. Parents and students may be tempted to sign up for as many Advanced Placement (“AP”) or honors classes that they can fit in their schedule. AP and honors classes are meant to be much more challenging than regular classes. Your child should not be in a rush to take the most advanced classes she can as quickly as possible. If earning an ‘A’ in AP Spanish seems to be too tough at the start of this school year, consider Spanish IV for this year and AP Spanish for the following year. The same rule could apply to AP Calculus AB. If math is not your child’s strongest suit, Pre Calculus Honors might make more sense this year, followed by AP Calculus AB the following year.
Creating a compelling (read: as close to Straight A’s as possible) transcript is a marathon, not a sprint. Play to your child’s strengths and encourage your child to take a schedule that is manageable and one that she can earn the best grades possible.