The message that came across loud and clear from the panelists was - APs matter, Honor course matter ! PALY offers 19 APS ( or some such number ). If those colleges see 1 AP on the student's transcript, doesn't matter of the student has scored a "A" in that course, it will be looked upon as "Student didn't challenge himself or herself" ..
On the flip side, if the school offered 5 APS and the student took 1 - it will be looked at the student challenged himself/herself ..
I realize this is the reality, but given the stress issues of the kids -- shouldn't the school district be taking a holistic view of the courses being offered? Its one thing to try to convey to the student not to stress over/get buried under homework while setting up the student for failure by offering some ridiculous number of courses.
Does the school district really have the student's emotional state in focus?