Are my classes for senior year suffice in rigor?

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by K_Delrosario, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. K_Delrosario

    K_Delrosario 5-Year Member

    May 21, 2009
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    My Senior year schedule:

    AP Chemistry
    AP European History
    AP Government
    AP English Literature
    Physics with Lab
    JROTC 4
    Swimming and Conditioning

    I know the math is kinda behind, but something happened back in middle school with my course placement to lead me there at Pre-Calc.

    About the math, I could get into AP Calc AB if only I take a night class for two months everyday at a local community college. However this is a 3 hour class and would take my time away from my other coursework and my Varsity athletics. Is it worth the struggle and sleepless nights just for a math?

    Also, please share any thoughts on my course schedule and some ways I can tweak it while I have a chance.
  2. PositiveThinking

    PositiveThinking 5-Year Member

    Apr 15, 2009
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    Hi K_Del-
    My son had the same situation as you regarding Pre-Cal. Due to moving across state in the middle of his Middle School years, he wound up on the wrong track for taking Calculus his senior year. I think it all comes down to taking Algebra I in 8th grade instead of 9th. To solve the problem, he worked with his HS counselor and our local university to allow him to take a college-level pre-calculus course over the summer for dual credit. Now (senior year), he's taking AP Calculus AB as well as AP Physics C (Calculus is a pre-requisite for this course). I know this doesn't help much for your situation, but it might serve as a "word to the wise" for freshman/sophomore students to plan early for the courses they'll need to take their senior year.
    Good luck! :thumb:
  3. Riv-Rod

    Riv-Rod 5-Year Member

    Mar 7, 2009
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    i know at our local college on of my friends took pre-cal over the summer and in AP Calc he was lost because he said the pre-cal in college was so easy where as at the high school its the same teacher for both so he leads you into it and tailors the lessons. Just food for thought each school is different.
  4. Fernando

    Fernando 5-Year Member

    Feb 8, 2009
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    you'll be fine with pre calc.
    I took it senior year. right now i am taking calc 1. dont stress too much about it.
  5. USNA1982BGO

    USNA1982BGO 5-Year Member Retired Staff Member

    Jul 24, 2009
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    Here's the reality. NOT all high schools in the USA offer Calculus, AP Calc, etc. especially in rural or small towns. With the economy and budget cuts some of these programs have been cut. There is nothing that you can do about this, it's out of your control. Your HS Guidance Counselor will be sending a HS Profile sheet to the Academy. As long as you have shown that you have challenged yourself within your school's curriculum there is nothing more that they can expect.
    Sometimes I see the resumes from students in large city schools and loads of $$ and wonder, "How do kids from graduating classes of 25 even look competitive?" The point is the Academy is looking for the whole person, who will contribute to the Academy's Mission and will also contribute to the fleet!

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