Hi, I'm not sure if there's already a fitting answer out there for my question as I can't seem to find it myself. Please redirect me if there is. In my circumstance, I go to a high school that isn't exactly the best. It struggled to achieve AYP for a couple of years, is underfunded, and was built in the 1930's. As of last year, my sophomore year, I ranked 5/146 students in my grade, in a fairly low population school (900-1000). I also had a 4.0+ GPA. Language elective classes were not provided until 9th grade, and no AP classes (of which there are few) are available until 11th grade. And only one, AP US History, was available. So I took it. Currently, my grades all exceed 4.0 each quarter. I can rattle off a spiel of all my clubs, varsity sports, yadda yadda, but I'm not here to ask you a "what my chances are" question. What I really want to know, is how the USNA or any other service academy looks at it. Sure, I may be in the top 1% in my grade, but if you take into account just how small my school is, its demographics and performance, does that really mean too much? And how does that affect my chances? edit* removed specifics.