Senior Year Schedule question

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  1. mvmom

    mvmom Member

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    Hello my DS got his Senior year schedule in the mail today. Unfortunately he didn't get the Engineering class that he requested (it is full). He was assigned to Environment Science instead. There are available spots in AP Chem, AP Phyiscs and AP Bio. He is afraid he wont get an "A" in any of these classes. So the question is...should he risk his GPA and take an AP science or play it safe and keep the Environmental Science. He has already completed Bio, Chem and Physics in his first 3 years.
     
  2. Black_shoe

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    In my humble opinion, your son has already cast his lot from the work of his prior 3 years. As a graduating Senior, he should keep his eye on the prize for any University/College he might attend and maintain academic rigor in any course he is most interested in. Have fun with it..... regardless of the topic... Remember, the goal of the USNA is a liberal education - that's not referring to politics
     
  3. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    For USNA purposes, I'd recommend AP chem or AP physics. Environmental science won't do anything (good or bad). A "B" in one of the AP courses would be OK -- obviously, an A would be better.:smile:
     
  4. mvmom

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    Thank you both for your opinions! I am leaving this one up to my son. At some point they have to chose their own paths.
     
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    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    One other thing . . . for USNA purposes, class rank is more important than GPA. I realize there is a correlation but ranking obviously depends on the GPA of others. Also, USNA prefers to see candidates take the hard courses . . . a 4.0 (or whatever the top now is -- soon to be 8.0 I fear:eek:) and top class rank with a bunch of "soft" courses is not impressive.

    You're right to let your son make his own choices. And he should also consider the impact on non-SA colleges in so doing. Best of luck!
     

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