Application - requested "High School Official"

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  1. Dolphins2012

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    In the online application, under the "Required Application Documents" section, there is a request for a submission related to "Candidate Academic Information". It requests that you submit the name and email of a "High School Official" to complete your academic information. Simply put: does this person have to like you, or is it only one who submits the official transcript and fills out a form of objective questions? If the latter, my DS will just have his guidance counselor do it, who barely knows him. If there is any subjectivity at play, he'll have to reconsider his choice.
    Thank you in advance!
     
  2. CandidateElias15

    CandidateElias15 USNA '15 Appointee

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    Talk to your counselor ASAP. My counselor by no means knew me personally, but then we sat down a couple of times for various scholarship apps, as well as the service academy applications, and she had a mini interview with me.
    Once she found out I was that dedicated, she became more amiable. I'm fairly positive she gave me a good recommendation for whatever was asked.
    But to my knowledge, the "High School Official" form is just asking what classes you're taking, whether it's the highest available; transcript stuff.
    Good luck to you and your son.
     
  3. JHORNET44

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    CandidateElias,

    I received my Official Candidate Letter after my school year ended, so it would be difficult to contact and set up an interview with the "High School Official." Essentially though, the person does not need to know you very well, correct? This is simply a person that submits academic information, no sort of recommendation?



    Thanks,
    J
     
  4. CandidateElias15

    CandidateElias15 USNA '15 Appointee

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    Does your school have a website? If so, you could always call/email your counselor.. I met up with mine a couple of time over the summer when I came back from NASS.
    But to answer your question, no. It does not require much personal information. Something did ask (Don't remember if this question was on USNA or NROTC:) "In your career, how competitive is the candidate?" And it gave ranges, like top 5%, top 10%, etc. There are a few questions like that.
    The way I figure it, if there's a will, there's a way. It's your application. Do everything you can to make it the best you can. Just my two cents, no disrespect intended.
     
  5. singaporemom

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    DS's High School counseling office was open all summer. Counselors took shifts throughout these months. For ROTC, counselor on call did whatever was recommended, just needed his resume and a quick meeting. DS didn't apply to USNA until later in the fall. Counselor only knew him briefly (he had only been at that high school for a year) but had a questionnaire for him to fill out and attach resume. She must have done a bang up job, because he just finished his plebe year. I think it is, unfortunately, the norm that most counselors do not know the kids.
     
  6. 1964BGO

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    This is another reason a prospect for the SA's, or any university, should take the initiative to meet with his/her guidance counselor EARLY to discuss his/her college plans. Also, if there is resistance from the counselor, which has happened in the past, the student should have his/her parent(s) request a meeting with the counselor, or the prinicipal, or the superintendent, or member of the board of education.
     
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    I'm homeschooled, what should I do about that section? Just leave it blank?
     
  8. center56

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    DS opened his candidate file today. Can anyone say how long it takes for the file to reflect ACT scores. His scores from the Sept. 2010 test date were sent to Navy, but his application file reflects no scores received. I am guessing it take a few days after you open your file for the scores to populate. Anyone with more experience please let me know how that works.
     
  9. craeder

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    Same here - DS noticed that his Dec. and Feb. ACT scores were not included in his file either, altho he sent both via ACT score reporting system. Did your DS apply to NASS? That is why we sent our DS's so early (and he is going Session 3).
     
  10. center56

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    Yes DS also will be at session 3 just before he goes to boys state. Guess I will wait and see if they show up on there this week. Has your DS contacted anyone regarding his scores
     
  11. craeder

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    Cetner 56 - no he has not contacted anyone. As it turns out, his April scores were much better so those will be sent shortly. We were just curious about what happened to the other scores since we paid ACT to send them! :shake:
     
  12. 2012mom?

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    The "High School Official" in this instance is the person from the HS guidance office who must verify that what you have submitted in w/r/t your academic information is correct. This person must also be able to submit your official transcript.

    For USNA (unless it has changed since DD applied), your recommendations must be filled out on-line by your English and math teachers from Grade 11 IF you are still in HS.
     
  13. center56

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    Craeder, my DS scores showed up on his application page this morning. These were from the Sept 2010 test date. So i guess there is some delay after opening the application before the scores show up.
     

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