I'm 15 and in 10th grade and I'm taking 4 AP classes :AP Physics B, AP Calculus AB, AP Government, AP Statistics. My other 3 classes are Pre-IB chemistry, Pre-IB English 2, and Health. I have already finished my high school requirements but I'm not allowed to graduate. I'm way ahead of the average 10th grader. But do colleges really look at Ap classes. Which would a college more likely accept: 1. a person with a ton of AP classes, a 3.6 GPA and not in the top 10% of his/her class 2. a person with a 3.4, no AP classes and is in the top 10% 3. a person with a 3.9, no AP classes and in the top 10% 4. a person with a 3.9, no Ap classes and is not in the top 10% ??????????????????????????? I just don't know what to do . Am I helping or hurting myself by taking all of these AP classes? I go to a special school for people like my (people that are way ahead of the average person) so there is no way I will even be in the top 20%. To be in the top 20% you have to have a 6.0 HPA (every A in an AP class is worth 6 points. my school goes by HPA not GPA for rank. It's a long story on why). Right now my GPA and HPA is not so good because I have a C in AP physics , a C in Ap Calculus AB , and a C in PIB-English . This is the first time in my life I have ever made a C . I rarely ever get Bs in math and science(i have never been good in English and I usually get Bs but a C has just killed me ). I don't know what to do. Would it be good to leave my school. If I went to any other high school I would probably be in the top 3%. If I leave I will graduate with Calculus 3. if I don't go then I will graduate with Matrix theory (i would have taken calc 3, differential equations, and matrix theory. If I go I will be behind 2 years in math behind (nit behind the average person). Is it good to take the AP classes and get a C or is it better to take a honors class and get an A or B? What do colleges want?