#069 The Ins and Outs of AP Courses with Megan Rose
In this episode Lisa and Megan discuss:
- Navigating the AP exams from sign-up through the exam season.
- The myth of the magic number of AP courses to take in high school.
- If your student should risk getting a B in a harder course of interest in instead of playing it safe with only A classes when choosing your high school courses.
- Deciding whether you want to take the AP e exam and which scores to report to colleges.
- As early as 8th grade, be aware of what AP classes your high school offers. The course offerings and policies not only vary regionally but also between high schools even within the same district.
- The student is only held responsible for pursuing the rigor that is available to them. If the AP classes are not available to you, it is not a big deal and colleges won’t look negatively on that.
- Choose the AP courses that will assist your teen in their future career and college major. Do not take every single class available. Of those you do take, you do not have to take the exam for every course.
- Speak to the teacher and the school counselor. AP courses are college-level courses but also vary in difficulty. Some students may be ready for an AP course during freshman year, others may not be until later.
“Do not let the fear of the AP exam stop you from taking a rigorous class.”
– Megan Rose
About Megan Rose:
I moved to Florida in November of 2019 from New Jersey, where I was a social studies teacher for 15 years and a school counselor for three at one of the top public high schools in the state. As a school counselor, I assisted hundreds of families with the college application process. From the search for a student’s “dream school” to finalizing their enrollment, I have dealt with all the paperwork in between and take pride in streamlining the application process for both students and parents. I am a fully licensed school counselor and a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, National Association for College Admission Counseling & the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling. With a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Science in Educational Counseling from Monmouth University, I recognize the lifelong benefits that choosing the right school provides.
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