By Ilina Gobburu '19
As a student who has always been accustomed to taking the hardest course load possible, either due to parental pressure or personal ambition, I don’t believe in restricting the number of AP classes a student can take because that should be a personal choice, not the choice of the school.
Currently at NCS, students are only allowed to take 2 APs, maybe three with special permission from administrators, deans, and advisors, which is a tedious process. If a student feels that she is competent enough to take more than 3 APs, she should be able to do so. This school emphasizes the fact that it empowers young women and that it breaks the boundaries other institutions often set for the education of girls, so why restrict the number of APs a student can take? Many teachers argue that it’s for the student's well being, because many of the classes listed as non-APs, like some of the English electives, are already considered to be at AP an preparatory level. If that is true, then the school should find a way to indicate on student’s report cards that those classes are honors or of an advanced level compared to normal classes so that colleges know that a student has really challenged themselves academically. At the end of the day, unless you’re just extremely passionate about a school, the only reason you’re taking more than one AP class is because you want your transcript to look good. Even though some colleges know that NCS classes are academically challenging, it’s still difficult to compete with some public school students who take upwards of 5 APs simply because they don’t have any restrictions from their administrators. Technically, an AP class at a public school should be the same as an AP class at NCS because the material being taught follows the AP curriculum, however, NCS makes these classes even harder, and that results in an unfair comparison because it makes the public school students seem like they are challenging themselves more by taking more APs, when that’s not actually the case. So, if it were up to me, I’d say ditch the restrictions and let students decide how much they want to challenge themselves. Even if a student struggles, at least they learn what their limit is and understand that this is just a learning process, and that’s what life is really all about: making mistakes, learning from them, and coming back stronger each time.