Smart Q & A: Senior Year Honors or AP Classes?

Ask Smart College VisitWe’re kicking off our new Q&A series with a question from a current high school junior about what combination of honors vs. AP classes to take her senior year in order to remain competitive.

“My high school is on block scheduling and I have to make a decision about what classes I want to take. I can either take 5 APs, 2 Honors, and 1 Regular or I can take 4 APs, 2 Honors, and 2 Regular. Unfortunately I do not have the option of taking 4 APs, 3 Honors, and 1 Regular. I will have Varsity tennis and college apps in the Fall semester. What should I do? I want to get into a competitive liberal arts college and my current GPA is 4.9.”

by: Jeannie Borin, M.Ed. , founder of College-Connections

It is important to understand that although GPA and a challenging curriculum are extremely important factors in an admissions decision, they are not the only ones. Many things are taken into account as well such as your activity resume, recommendations and application essays.

You are undoubtedly an exceptional student and if you do well with 4 AP’s 2 Honors and 2 regular courses, you will be a viable candidate for top schools. You can handle an additional AP course if you want to gain extra college credit. This could be a factor in completing your degree earlier. Know, too, that only some Honors Courses (such as chemistry and physics) at various colleges will weight your GPA.

IECA Jeannie is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (ICEA).