Am I on track for the U.S. Naval Academy?

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  1. ajwilliams96

    ajwilliams96 Member

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    Am I on track for acceptance to the U.S. Naval Academy looking at my first two years of high school? Here is a list of things I have done in my freshman and sophomore years of high school:

    Freshman Year

    Academics

    - Two Honors Courses (Chemistry Honors and Geometry Honors )
    - Two Electives (Multimedia Design and Concert Band)
    - Maximum Number of Credits
    - Community Service Honors (50+ Community Service Hours)
    - GPA - 2.957
    - Chemistry Honors (usually taken by strong juniors): C+
    - Geometry Honors (usually taken by strong freshmen or sophomores): C-
    - World Civilizations: A-
    - English I: B
    - Spanish I: B-
    - Multimedia Design: A
    - Concert Band: A+ (counted as half of a course)

    School Sports

    - None

    Extracurricular

    - Elected Ninth Grade Class Council Officer
    - Volunteer at the Children's Section of a local library
    - Judge in the Elementary School Science Fair
    - Performed in the School Spring Drama Production
    - Member of a Church Youth Group
    - Host at a School Open House
    - Wrote and Acted for two different short plays in the Instant Drama Festival (less than 24 hours to write lines and less than 12 hours to learn lines)
    - Member of the Chess Team
    - Summer Volunteer at a hospital

    Sophomore Year (so far)

    Academics

    - Two Honors Courses (Biology Honors and Algebra II Honors)
    - One AP Course (World History AP)
    - Two Electives (Computer Science and Concert Band)
    - Maximum Number of Credits
    - Community Service Honors (50+ Community Service Hours)
    - GPA - ?
    - Biology Honors: B
    - Algebra II Honors: B-
    - World History AP: B-
    - English II: B+
    - Spanish II: B-
    - Computer Science: B+
    - Concert Band: A+ (counted as half of a course)
    - PSAT - 184 (without prior preparation)
    - PLAN - 22 (without prior preparation)

    School Sports

    - Cross Country
    - Swimming
    - Tennis

    Extracurricular

    - Elected Executive Council Secretary (Highest Student Council Position Available to a Sophomore)
    - Elected Tenth Grade Class Council Officer (served until elected Executive Council Secretary)
    - Volunteering at the Children's Section of a local library
    - Performed in the Fall and Spring Drama Productions
    - Member of the Set Construction/Technical Crews for the Fall and Spring Drama Productions
    - Member of a Church Youth Group
    - Founding Member of a Junior State of America chapter (Appointed to the position of chapter Secretary & Director of Debate for next year)
    - Appointed to lead the chapter at the JSA Spring State Conference
    - Model United Nations delegate
    - Wrote and Acted for two different short plays in the Instant Drama Festival (less than 24 hours to write lines and less than 12 hours to learn lines)
    - Staff Writer for the School Newspaper
    - Staff Writer for the School Literary Magazine
    - Member of the Community Service Board
    - Member of the Future Business Leaders of America chapter
    - Founding Officer of the 30 Hour Famine Chapter
    - Member of the Chess Club
    - Host at School Open Houses and School Orientation
    - Vice President of the Sports Writing Club
    - Teen Leadership Summer Volunteer at a hospital

    Thank you for your time.
     
  2. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    You're off to a good start and are right to start thinking early about creating the strongest possible record.

    The one area in which you want to focus is your math/science courses. I'd retake chemistry so that you get an A or B. You want to be taking Calc by your senior year and, again, getting at least a B. Ditto for physics.

    Glad to see you pursuing sports. Try to reach varsity level in at least one sport.
     
  3. craeder

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    Suggest you also look through previous threads on this forum (and the stickies) for lots of great ideas given to other posters looking for "how am I doing" advice -- i.e. raising your GPA, the importance of test prep/practice and getting your scores up (and determining if the SAT or the ACT is a better fit for you), not having too many activities (your list is impressive but may be better to focus on a few and really commit/shine and then spend more time on your academics), etc. Good luck!
     
  4. navy2016

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    you are definitely on track in preparing so early.

    telling you things as it is....


    GPA- It is good to challenge yourself, but making multiple C's basically defeats that purpose

    Good news- you have another 2 years to demonstrate that you can excel in hard courses. An increasing GPA is much better than a decreasing one.

    activities- you appear to have too many based on your grades. Limit to what you enjoy doing and be very active. Grades come before activities. no activites= no appointment. no grades=no appointment. You must find your balance. If giving up few activities leads to better grades do it. Swimming and XC are both good endurance sports. Do consider which one you are best at for potential sports recruitment. Three sports is more than enough, generally speaking. I got in with one year if JV soccer experience- but now participate in 2 varsity sports as a senior to get into better shape.


    Test scores- It is really too early to predict how much better you will get. Find out whether the ACT or SAT is the test for you. Over the summer of extended breaks, use test prep books and learn from them. Do some practice tests. Eventually, you want 700 per subject on SAT with CR and Math or 31 on the ACT in English and Math.
     
  5. 1964BGO

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    Trim your activities to a couple that are really meaningful to you and use the saved time to focus on academics: as mentioned several times above, C's are not impressive in this venue. Start studying for and taking the SAT and ACT exams NOW. Start taking AP courses where possible for chemistry, physics, and calculus. Talk to your guidance counselor about your SA interest and work through some of the potential obstacles. Best wishes.
     
  6. ajwilliams96

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    Thank you for the advice.
     

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