Will Skipping 12th Grade Calc BC Hurt Elite-College Chances?
Question: On the math track that my son is on, he will end up taking AP Calc AB as a junior. Will this force him to have to take AP BC Calc as a senior if he wants to be shown as challenging himself for college admissions? He is currently a rising 9th grader and while he does very well in math and seems to understand the concepts without too much effort, he is not a big fan of it. If it won't be seen as a detriment to not take BC Calc as a senior, what is an equivalent, yet challenging course to take in lieu of it? (the only other classes I see in the math department are Discrete Mathematics or Computer Science). It seems unfortunate to be on an advanced track that began when he was in 5th grade, and be forced into taking a class that he likely may not want just so he can be a competitive college applicant. Are there any other alternatives?
Parents of students who are just starting high school are wise to look down the road to see where choices made in 8th, 9th, or 10th grade will lead. But, on the other hand, it's important to allow wiggle room for a child's interests and goals to change, and you certainly don't want your son to think that high school is little more than a high-stakes dress rehearsal for college or for whatever lies beyond. So you've got to walk a fine line (as so much of parenting requires): Pay attention but not TOO much attention.