by GF Media Group’s Penland House
It’s that time of year: Time to fill out schedules for next year. Many students struggle with deciding which course is best suited for their individual needs and some decide to sign up for rigorous courses that they may, or may not, be prepared for.
According to counseling secretary Jennie Gaddy, T.C. Roberson offers a total of 15 AP courses, as well as several online classes that are considered distant learning classes.
Only being able to take one AP as a sophomore, Alice Widman plans to take three AP courses next year. But is hesitant for the work load, knowing how much one AP class requires.
” I’m planning on taking AP English, AP U.S. History, and a third class–but I am not sure yet,” Widman said. ” I’m not the type of person to sit down and study at a set time, but I manage to get good grades.”
As far as taking AP courses, Widman feels that it important to succeed while in them, and thinks it would be more beneficial to take a lower class rank if a student does not do well in an AP class.
English teacher Helen Smith also agrees that it is important to know how much work you can handle, and how much effort you are willing to put into each class.
” The best way to tell if you should be in an AP class is based off of your previous work and experiences in other classes. I feel that it is much more important than standardized tests. If you are willing to work hard, then you should be fine,” Smith said.
Tanya Tommey, Career and Technical Education director for Roberson, believes that CTE classes are beneficial as well.
” Even though there are no AP CTE classes, there are honors options that are just as helpful… ones that look good on college applications. It is a good option to consider,” Tommey said.