Hi, I’m Maddy! I am a class of 2021 senior and by the end of this year I’ll have completed nine AP classes, beginning freshman year. I have had mostly positive experiences, but there are definitely some things I would take back if I could. Keep reading for my opinions on the AP classes in my repertoire.

 

AP Human Geography

Although this class was taught by Guay (if you know, you know) when I took it as a freshman, and nowadays the experience would be much different, I would definitely still recommend this class. The material is very approachable and easy to understand, and it was a great introduction to AP classes for a freshman. But, I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a relatively easy AP class and exam!

 

APUSH

Admittedly, I am completely biased in my review for APUSH because I love history and Ms. Hamer was definitely one of my favorite teachers ever. I loved APUSH, but I won’t lie: it’s a ton of work. If you’re up for a challenge, I would recommend the class because I still use a lot of the skills I learned like writing, multiple choice testing, and note-taking, but there is no shame in opting out of this very challenging and work-heavy class.

 

AP English 11

Great class! It is super easy, workload wise, but will definitely make you a better writer. A lot of juniors take this because it is fairly approachable for anyone. It is a writing class, so you only read one book at the very end of the year and spend a lot of time doing timed writes (they aren’t as bad as you think). Even if you don’t like English very much, still take this class!

 

AP Environmental Science

Well this is a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, the material is a lot of common sense and easy to understand stuff. Plus, you get to go on fun field trips and nature walks! However, be prepared to not do well on in-class tests or the AP exam. It’s still a pretty easy A, but you just have to be okay not acing every test and possibly not doing well on the exam because it is structured weirdly and requires a lot of specificity. Overall, I’d recommend this class because it is an easy AP and very fun when you’re with friends!

 

AP Calculus AB/BC

Usually juniors will take calculus AB (first year calculus), and then some of them will choose to continue to BC (an extension/second year calculus) for their senior year, depending on how they did in AB. These are certainly challenging and you’ll need to dedicate some time for homework and studying. That said, in my experience, once you get the hang of it, it’s just another math class. I would recommend it because it has made me a much better student, and don’t shy away from it because it seems intimidating, as long as you’re willing to put in the work!

 

AP Biology

This is not as hard a class as I was expecting. The material is challenging, but Schauer set up the class so that it is pretty approachable. It’s a good class to challenge yourself so I’d recommend it, especially if Schauer is still teaching it!

 

AP Statistics

Take this class! It does not matter what math class you are in; stats is a great AP math class if you don’t take calculus, and if you are in it, stats is totally different, so it works great taking both. It is honestly pretty easy, in my opinion, and stats is applicable to just about anything.

 

AP English 12

I may be biased because I never took AP chem or AP physics… but I think AP lit has to be about the hardest AP class ever. Where the junior class is for writing, AP lit is for reading. I love reading, and this class still kicked my butt. It is really hard and the analysis you have to do on extremely difficult poetry and prose is advanced. To be honest, I’d recommend this class to very few people. But, I have to admit that I learned more in this class than probably any other. I enjoyed a lot of it, even though it was so hard practically every day. I won’t go around endorsing this class, but do what you will with that information.