Classes for senior year

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  1. jakeSEAL9

    jakeSEAL9 New Member

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    I was wondering what classes would be good to take. Also does asb look good. Even though i am terrible at math should i take calculous
     
  2. attacklax17

    attacklax17 Prospective

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    Any AP/honors classes you think you are capable of. I'd give calculus a shot too. If you don't get it, theres always teachers and friends to help you out. I think the admissions board would rather see calculus "85%" versus a lower math with 90%+. Maybe toss in voices and biology too or other "higher sciences" if you haven't already taken them.
     
  3. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    What courses does your high school offer? I suggest taking lots of AP/Honors/Dual Credit courses if your high school offers them. How many classes are you able to take per semester as well?

    This is how my senior schedule looks like this semester:

    AP Calculus
    AP Physics
    AP Chemistry
    AP Psychology
    Capstone Engineering Course
    Advanced Composition (W131)
    Speech (S121)
    Study Hall

    You want to take the most challenging classes possible, but you also want to find the right balance between academics, sports, and other activities
     
  4. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    oh and don't have SEAL in your username unless you've gone through BUD/S...many members of this forum (and SEALs) don't like someone using the name unless they've earned it....I'm not getting on you here, just cautioning you
     
  5. C/ 2nd Lt. McKnight

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    Seems like a good place to post my plan.

    For first semester of senior year I plan on taking:
    AP Computer Science
    AP Calculus
    AP Lit
    AFJROTC
    Economics
    Swim

    Second semester would be the same minus Economics since it is only a semester course and I won't be taking Government because JROTC counts as that class. Any suggestions as far as changes go?
     
  6. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    No science? I'd definitely try to get Chem or Physics (AP if possible) in there if you haven't had both of them already.
     
  7. RascalFlatts5858

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    I agree you want to take many challenging courses, however don't spread yourself so thin that you can't really handle them all plus sports, a job, ECAs, etc. Also finishing your applications during the summer will help make your first semester easier. I waited until November to finish mine and though I got it done it put a lot of extra stress on me in addition to my heavy class load. I took AP Calculus BC, AP Language, AP US History, Spanish, and Physics Honors first semester and the same second semester with Digital Electronics instead of Physics. The Naval Academy definitely likes to see calculus on your application but if you really think it would be too stressful at least take another solid math course not just some throw away senior math class. Also take classes that interest you since you don't want your last year to be miserable!
     
  8. RascalFlatts5858

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    Agreed!
     
  9. attacklax17

    attacklax17 Prospective

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    If mine stays lined up right, my senior year will look like..

    AP Language + Comp
    AP Calc 1
    Anatomy, Physiology
    AP Bio
    Arc. + Engin. Design with Computers 2
    Spanish 4
    Humanities

    Maybe compare it to that, but it depends with what you've taken. I've seen and talked with a lot of kids who have AP straight down their class lists from junior year on... Ask other people on here who have gotten appointments to any academy, or ask the parents on here. They'll know more. My school doesn't offer a bunch, so i take them when I can. Good Luck!

    **Is there any way to get a NROTC Unit started at my school? Thanks!
     
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    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    Take classes that the Navy doesn't see on every application. I'm taking an honors Chinese course that just started being offered at my school. I believe they like seeing distinguishing items like that.
     
  12. attacklax17

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    Yeah I meant JROTC, my bad.

    And yeah, I think -out of the ordinary- classes pop out to the admissions board. I would think Chinese, as said above is one. Maybe other classes such as Middle Eastern history, other languages (not french, spanish, german), Oceanography or different sciences, AP Astronomy, computer sciences that are in depth with a final project you could show. I'm not sure if all those are actual classes, but they should be..
     
  13. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    What about CAP- Civil Air Patrol? It's sort of like a JROTC program, but I guess starting a unit would look impressive on an application.

    I agree with the unusual courses part. My school offers engineering classes, and the admissions officers that I've talked to at other colleges seemed interested in them.
     
  14. NYRower182

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    Yah, because if you're taking the same classes (AP Calc, Phyics, English) what makes you different from the other guy. They're not gonna sit there and say, 'Oh, he's like everyone else applying, lets take him'. They're gonna say, 'Oh he's taking AP Calc, AP Language, and AP Middle Eastern History, that's something different'.
     
  15. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    Eh, I wouldn't say that necessarily...what's really important is what your GRADES are in those classes...an A in AP Spanish will look much more impressive than an A in a Middle Eastern politics class. GPA and Test scores are some of the "hard" factors of admissions, whereas your interview and essays are the "soft" factors.
     
  16. C/ 2nd Lt. McKnight

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    I took Chem last year and am currently taking Physics. As far as taking an AP science, my school doesn't always have them and mentioned they were going to try to alternate years. For example since they offered them this year they won't offer them this year. Besides, the only ones they offer are Chem and Bio. Bio I'm not too interested in and the only teacher who teaches AP Chem is leaving this year. So it may just not be in the cards. However as you may have been able to tell, after this year I will have 3 years of college prep science under my belt....

    As far as starting a unit goes, if you're a junior it isn't gonna happen. It takes a few years to get a unit going. There can only be a certain number of units at a time I believe. There is a waiting list for starting a new unit. Like one of the high schools in my area just got a MCJROTC after 3 or 4 years. It also takes time for instructors to be found.
     

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