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  1. TubbinAtor

    TubbinAtor Member

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    I'm going to be a freshman this fall and I'm looking for any advice for the next 4 years. It has been a goal of mine to attend West Point when I graduate high school. I'm taking all the advanced classes that I am allowed to next year. I will also will be playing water polo. I signed up for a JROTC class also. Any advice will help. Thanks
     
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    As you find your path to West Point, understand the three pillars-Academics, Athletics and Leadership. You should build upon these three to increase your Whole Candidate Score (WCS). Check out Westpoint.edu and click on to admissions. They have it all spelled out for you. Also look at the above stickies to assist you with your goals.

    Don't ever hesitate to ask ask ask as many questions you can think of here.

    Push Hard, Press Forward
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Take the ACT or SAT at the end of your freshman year. Then take it again as a sophomore, and as many times as you can afford as a junior and senior. WP superscores so they will take the highest scores from multiple tests. You may do better on the ACT than the SAT or vice versa.

    Take as many honors/AP/dual enrollment classes as your school offers and you can manage. Don't overload your schedule but definitely challenge yourself. The SAs expect/encourage candidates to take Calc, Chemistry and Physics by the time they've graduated.

    Good luck! It's good you're thinking this far ahead, but remember things can change. Your interests may change. By doing the things above/in the stickies, you will set yourself up to be successful in any college you may end up applying to.
     
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    Weeellllllllll, not necessarily, taking IB, AP level high school courses are not recognized by SA. Why you may ask? When you look across the country not all high schools offer this level of course work. And since SA select candidates for an appointment from all congressional districts that give nominations. This is why so many will tell you your competition is primarily from your congressional district. The most competitive and not surprising best and brightest, because of the competitiveness come from the north eastern area, Texas and So Cal areas. However, for your Plan B and C, I would encourage you to these courses if available at your school. Thus class ranking and GPA are extremely important to achieve the highest possible above the top 15 percent, plus be involved in team sports and seek leadership opportunities in scouts, Boys/Girls State, community organizations and clubs. Soon, during your sophomore year, you'll have the opportunity to take the PSAT, I too encourage you to take the ACT/SAT tests as many times as possible and continue to better your score.

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    Your freshman year is the year for a great jump start or the year you will need to dig your self out of. Don't fall into the pressure to take all IB or preAP courses your freshman year unless you can pull a high B as the lowest grade for 2 out of 5 core classes. If your school ranks you cannot be below the top 20%. There is a marginal percentage among the top 8%. If your freshman year you are not in the top 15% and taking AP and IB classes you are too far behind in the numbers to reach the top 8%. Strive for one of the top 3 positions in your JROTC unit. Get community service hours and apply to be inducted into NHS your sophomore year. Lots of kids have the grades for NHS but miss out on the leadership and community service components. Make time during your registration period this august and look at the requirements for NHS amd other clubs. Take advantage of any free PSAT, SAT or ACT prep classes in your community. I have 2 looking at service academies and Plan B , C alternatives and we are located in one of the mentioned states of competitiveness. My 2 are on 2 ends of the spectrum of things. Who knows how they will pan out. In order to be considered for Boys/girls state you must have measured leadership experience along with good grades and get nominated. Your first 3 years of high school determines your eligibility. Make friends with your counselor, JROTC instructors, english, and math teachers they are your key sources for letters of recs.
     
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