I entered this school a bit late into freshman year and my first experiences weren't the best majorly because I was in many regular classes. Sophomore year after I remedied that my experience improved greatly. The teachers, students, materials, and lesson plans vary vastly between "Regular" classes and "AP", "Pre-AP", and "Dual Credit" courses. I have found with after transitioning to higher level courses (and even higher level art and drama classes) the class sizes decreased and the focus put on individual student's needs and success were much more looked after. Teachers address you as more competent and more things are taught. The higher level courses are taught at a faster, more intense rate, which in Pre-AP means you get to more explore the subject and learn past what is needed for standardized testing. AP classes teach you mainly in the direction of the AP test for the subject, but after that is taken it will also go further into enjoying the subject. Unlike some of my teachers at my other high school and middle schools, all of my teachers (other than health) have been people taught to teach their subject. Everyone is well versed and has a genuine interest in their subjects that they are eager to pass on to their students. If you want to get a good education out of Mac then you should definitely consider taking higher level courses. Here, you don't have to be outrageously smart to be in AP, you just have to be willing to work a bit harder in the classroom for it. Ironically, in comparing with my friends I have found that higher level courses tend to get less homework than regulars (unless you're in WHAP, that's a whole other story). All in all Mac is a good school educationally and will get me to where I want to go.