When Not to Take an AP Class
Educators teaching gifted and talented learners can attest to the fact that some students excel in all subject areas; however, there are those who have a singular gift or talent. Advanced placement classes might not be the best fit for these students.
For example, if a student excels in math, only, then taking an AP History course would not be wise. Not only might the student find the course overwhelming, but also it could frustrate him or her to the point that they lose self-esteem, thereby slipping in all subject areas.
High school counselors would be wise to guide carefully students into advanced placement classes, especially student with exceptional gifts and talents.
In addition, AP programs that focus heavily on "getting into college" rather than offering gifted and talented students a challenging and diverse means of tackling subject they are passionate about, may find that students lose interest in the class.
Another consideration is that gifted learners may be academically beyond the course work offered in an advanced placement class. It is important that school departments find ways to meet the academic needs of exceptional students with additional gifted programs.