I know it's done, but wow, that "8 credit example" completely blows my mind for a 16-18 year old!
Well, taking it class by class. High school music theory is easy, repeating what they already know, for a kid that has had music lessons for years with a good teacher.
AP Calc might be AB and if so, it is just the next course in the math sequence. It is no harder or minimally harder than the year before it, IMO, just has the AP designation.
AP Chem can be difficult and time-consuming. LOL. Covers nearly two semesters of college material.
AP European History. May or may not be time-consuming for a fast reader. Only covers one semester of "college" material over one full year.
AP Stats. This is an easy math class for a student who is math and science inclined. Only requires algebra. Also one semester of college material.
AP English Lit. May or may not be challenging for a student that reads all of the time and already writes well. I look at some of the book lists for the online courses and am surprised how few books are on them compared to what I had back in the eighties in AP Lit. I don't think the lists I have seen could be considered two semesters of college freshman level reading for English. That makes me wonder if there is some element of teaching to the test rather than trying to have a college course equivalent. That doesn't mean the course doesn't require time and preparation, but again, that depends on the class and the student.
Philosophy. Depends on the cc for DE.
French. Depends on the class.
Very few of these classes might be considered "difficult" material for a talented student. It is more about the workload.
Then what you never know is how a student that took this many does on the exams, or what scores accepted students at xyz schools got on the exams. I take what I read on CC with a giant grain of salt. I have noticed that the higher ranked public high schools that have tons of students take AP do not have such a great record of students getting 3 or higher on the APs. The stats look at something like "percentage of students having at least one AP score of at least 3". We only ever see the numbers about number of APs taken, but do we really think that a list like that above is as impressive if the student passed those with all threes? I would say that if that is the case, many of those AP or DE courses are not any better than what a really good "honors" level course used to be and still is in some private schools. Many of the gen ed. college courses have material that is accessible to high schoolers; the material isn't *difficult*, it just goes much faster, and AP spreads it all out. AP is the new honors, and some universities want to see it. Some seem to care more about seeing the AP name than they do about the score on the exam, just because APs show that the student chooses the supposedly higher level course.
ETA: I don't mean to diminish what some students accomplish. I think any student with this load in public school plus EC's would be very busy and have little free time. Just pointing out that it may not be as extreme as it looks on paper.
Edited by Penelope, 24 April 2017 - 11:53 AM.