Did you know... You do NOT have to sign up for a career pathway. Career pathways are good, but they are not required.
Want to take AP classes? It's a good idea to research colleges to see if they accept AP credit. Some of the most prestiges colleges in the US do not give AP credit. AP classes are still a good idea, but college admissions officers want to see more than just students taking AP classes because they're AP classes.
College and Career readiness is a good thing, but what's the driving force? The school is judged by how many students are "college and career ready." The school receives money for it too. That's a good thing, it lets us provide things for you. BUT, it's not a reason to limit your choices. Consider classes that will open opportunities, rather than focusing your into one area.