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Which class has more value? Leadership (SGA) or an AP class


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Lauren’s Answer

Both have added value. SGA or any extra curricular activity will diversify your resume and will show that you are an active member in your high school community. It will teach you life skills, such as time management, that cannot necessarily be learned in a classroom. However, if you're already very involved in your school, I would recommend taking an AP class. It will better prepare you for the study time needed in college classes. And assuming you pass the exam, you will probably get college credit for the class. If you know where you are going, check to see if the AP class will count for college credit so you don't have to take the class again.

Lauren recommends the following next steps:

talk to your guidance counselor
look for other ways to get involved aside from SGA
see what classes best fit into your schedule

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Ta’s Answer

AP classes are typically structured to provide the academic rigor comparable to college courses. Great preparation for college. Also, when students pass the AP test they receive college credits. Working at universities for over 17 years I have seen the many benefits for students.


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Sheryl T. Smikle,’s Answer

If you are preparing for the college admissions process, AP courses have more value. Leadership training can be pursued as an extracurricular activity, which you can document on applications and discuss in essays or interviews. Joining Toastmasters International is a great, low investment high return professional development and social vehicle. It combines communication and leadership training in well-developed programs with certifications. Good luck!


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Estelle’s Answer

All four of my children participated in AP classes, and I believe that they had more university opportunities as a result of these classes. Leadership, while helpful, is more subjective. Additionally, my kids just signed up for the classes rather than running for an elected position.

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Adelle’s Answer

While leadership classes are important for your future, AP classes give you more of a taste of what college is like. You will see the different level of studying required, the types of requirements that will be requested of you during your college career, and if you pass the AP test, you can receive college credits.


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