Here's the deal. I basically overloaded/slacked off Sophomore/Junior year of high school because I switched to online (virtual) school with a few humanities-based dual enrollment classes (that I got As in, of course) at my community college in Florida. The summer of my Junior year (this summer), I took a rigorous dual enrollment Chemistry class and did very well (other students did horribly). I now KNOW that I want to be either a scientist (physics/chemistry) or a science educator/journalist/communications person, and this upcoming year is my senior year of high school. I'm trying to decide what to do about math. I'm signed up for General Physics (equivalent to AP Physics B, roughly - the Dean of Arts and Sciences wouldn't let me in the class, so I had to go to the VP of Academic of Affairs - and he told me "as long as you're aware of the possible academic implications"), General Chemistry (the chem class I took covered a lot of the material in it, but that'll just make my life easier. The chem professor teaches Organic Chem, and she doesn't lecture from the book, which is awesome/harder.), Precalculus, Ethics (philosophy is interesting/friends are taking it), and two online classes: American Gov (standard, although AP is offered), and Latin II (grad. requirement). The problem is that I took one semester of an online Pre-Calculus class and barely squeaked by with an A. I felt like I wasn't understanding everything and couldn't see any application (I had trouble figuring out problems because there was no explanation for every scenario) or use of the math. Plus I wasn't learning a lot by learning the material online. It was basically Algebra II stuff (asymptotes, synthetic division, etc.) + trig (identities, graphs, etc.) I signed up for the second semester (the second semester covers sequences, series, & induction which look like a lot more fun) but I panicked and enrolled in my college's Precalc class and am about to withdraw under the grace period. This would allow me to take Calc I in the Spring with an actual teacher. Unfortunately, I just emailed the Caltech guidance counselor for my area (they're like a high high high high if-not-impossible reach for me because I currently have a 1840 SAT from the Spring, and basically no science extracurriculars, but what the heck, maybe I've improved since then - and I haven't tried the ACT yet) and they told me that applicants HAVE to have a year of Calculus to apply. Now I have absolutely no idea what to do. Do I continue with Pre-Calc > Calc I and just not apply to Caltech and hope other colleges (Harvard, MIT, Stanford, maybe another... and UF/FSU/NCF in-state) don't mind me retaking a class in a topic I want to master? Or do I suck it up, take the 2nd semester of Pre-Calc really quickly, and take AP Calc BC online, knowing that I might not know the material as well (SAT II Math. Gulp.) than if I went the Pre-Calc > Calc I route? Plus, if I don't take Pre-Calc, then I'll have to spend $75 to get my AA degree (I need one more math class after the spring semester). And, I'm going to further irate the college's dual enrollment department (I've already changed my schedule 3 times because they wouldn't let me in classes). I would prefer retaking an honors (proof-based) Calculus class and an honors Physics class my freshman year of college (if available) instead of rushing through the Calc sequence. As far as class specs go, I'm not aware of any high school student in my area (neither does my online guidance counselor) that is taking as rigorous a schedule as I am (I tried getting into the Physics with Calculus class, but the Physics teacher said some people taking his class have even had Diff Equations already), but the words "take the most rigorous schedule available" are ringing in my ears. My zoned public high school doesn't even offer AP Biology, so... Bleh. The math teachers at the college have told me that it's always better to take a math class in a classroom instead of online. The Pre-calc teacher (he's an amazing professor from what I've heard, he really explains things well) said that either schedule would look rigorous to higher end colleges. My online teacher (knowing how long it took me to complete the 1st semester of Pre-Calc) said that I could do whatever I want, but I might do better in a physical classroom (I tend to learn a lot more). The Physics class is supposed to use algebra and trig (it has Pre-Calc as a prerequisite), so maybe I would relearn anything I needed from that. And I guess that I'd pick up algebra/trig skills from learning AP Calculus BC... but I'm just scared that I won't be able to handle it and will go into college not knowing how to... well... I don't really know. Heh. I'm a bright student (one B in Intro to Lit) but I just hate online classes and prefer the social interaction of a classroom (especially the college classroom). Oh... and I'm also working 3-4 days a week for about 4 hours (each shift). Any advice is appreciated.