is my schedule okay?

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  1. che527

    che527 Member

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    My junior year schedule:

    AP Statistics
    US History 2A
    Physics A
    Spanish 4A
    Human Biology A
    Child Development 2
    English 3A
    Advanced Math Topics Trigonometry A
     
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    Looks solid to me. Do you take Calculus senior year?
     
  3. che527

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    I'm planning to take Pre-Calc senior year. Is that okay?
     
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    Also, do I need more APs?
     
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    You don't need more APs if you can't do well in them.

    2 science and 2 math - that's tough and a lot of homework. Slow and steady wins the race. Don't burn yourself out. You can do this.

    Is the child development class required for graduation or is it an elective of interest to you? Does your school offer an advanced fitness or conditioning class for PE? I understand from your previous posts you are concerned about athletics and fitness.
     
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    It is okay to take pre cal your senior year. If you get in you can take Cal 1 At the academy. They even test the ones who took Cal 1 in HS to make sure they are ready for Cal 2. My son was not going to be upset if they put him in Cal 1 even though he got a 4 on the AP exam but alas he will be starting in Cal 2.
    You seem to be getting a better picture of what it takes and you have not run away! Good for you and good luck building your application package.
     
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    What's with the Child Development class? Is it a grad requirement? It seems out of place on a service academy application. I'm not telling you what to do, but your schedule already looks full and I doubt it enhances your transcript. Most traditional high schools have an 8 period day. You're enrolled in 8 classes. If you ditched the child development, maybe you could use the time to study or even take a PE class. I know you mentioned a desire to become a nurse- admirable, but not an option at USNA .
     
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    ^ I disagree, @Joedoe. He has 2 maths, 2 sciences, a history, a language, English. There's nothing wrong with taking a class in something that interests you, once you've got the required subjects.
     
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    I hear what you're saying and ordinarily I would agree. However, In a previous thread, this OP mentioned their lack of sports participation and IIRC, questions about conditioning. They also stated concern about poor grades in the first 2 years of high school. Fitness should not be an afterthought here. I have classmates who have been separated for PRT issues and some who literally go into panic mode at the 2x per year test, sometimes barely passing.
    Given the OP posters goals, Child Development just did not look like the most sensible choice but as I stated above, I would never tell him/her what to do. Only rendering my opinion as requested.
     
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    Thank you. Do you think the academy will be admired that I have doubled science and math classes?
    Also, child development is just one of my fun electives. I finished all my graduation elective requirements.
    As for PE, I do have PE classes but did not list them. We had sport options that we could pick for our PE class. My first marking period is Flag Football/Ultimate Frisbee. We do not have conditioning classes for PE. It's just regular gym classes.
     
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    That's great! Thank you! :)
     
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    The child development class is just a fun elective that can sort of ease my full schedule. I would like to take a study hall, but my mom said that it is waste when I could be taking something else.
     
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    There is a music honor society that I would like to join, though. It requires me to take a performing arts class, which I would mostly pick Chorus.
     
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    Have you spoken to your guidance counselor about your goal of attending USNA? If not, you should.

    Does your school have a history of sending people to Service Academies? If so, then they probably understand and can help. If not, the BGO can help educate the educator.

    You ask a lot of questions (which is the purpose of this board to help you find the appropriate answers). But it also might help you if you were to (a) set up a meeting with your guidance counselor. (b) Review the USNA Admissions page with them (c) If you admissions counselor is completely unaware of the process - this is also an area where the BGO can help you and the guidance counselor. (As a USAFA Prop & Wings person, part of my role is to educate guidance counselors on the opportunities SAs/ROTC provide - it is amazing how many people don't know about either)

    You very clearly have a goal and are striving to do everything in your power to achieve said goal. I am just suggesting that you make sure to include other professionals that know you, are close to you, and have it as part of their job requirement to assist you. Additionally, the more your guidance counselor knows the more value they can provide in getting the required LoRs completed by your English/Math teachers when those become due. Hopefully, you have a good guidance counselor.

    No - the USNA will not be 'impressed' with your math courses. They may like them, but they are well beyond being impressed as it will unlikely be something that sets you apart.

    Don't be afraid to take courses you simply might enjoy. You can't forget about the classes SA's expect you to have completed, but you won't be punished for having some fun in your academic schedule. You are fortunate to be in a school system that provides a lot of AP options, some schools do not.
     
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    Thank you for the info! I'll gladly consider all of it.
     

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