Language Requirement

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  1. raft11

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    DD has constructed her senior year to prepare her should she be selected to be a cadet next year. It is a very demanding schedule filled with AP Chem, Stats, Literature and Multi-Variable Calculus. Her schedule currently includes AP French which she is now reconsidering. The question is if dropping the class would make her less prepared for the rigors of USMA.
    Do cadets take a foreign language? Thank you.
     
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    WP does not recognize AP level course work. Not all schools offer AP courses. All Cadet take a language courses, French being the most popular. In your DDs case protect the gpa! Thus it will protect her class ranking. Dropping AP level course work will be fine. Now for Plan B college U, this could be a minor issue.

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    If you look at WP high school requirements. Language is required for two years during high school

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  4. brovol

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    West Point requires cadets to take a foreign language. Your Cadet will be required, during Beast, to pick a language. She will get briefed on languages to assist in selecting which language to pick. My son had several years of Spanish in high school, but never felt he learned to speak Spanish, so he decided to pick something else at WP, and chose Persian.

    If you are asking what would be best to help your daughter get an appointment, I don't have much to offer, other than WP likes difficult course work. If you are asking what would be best after she gets to WP, it depends on if she would be staying with French at WP. Every bit of advantage she can get before getting to WP is big. If she takes French, and has a great foundation for that language, that would certainly be helpful, but for several reasons she may not want to pick French at WP.
     
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    Has she taken any foreign language classes?
     
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    Also, realize that sometimes your preferences or experience may not be given language preference. My DS took Latin and German in HS, did well, and when he was at USMA, he was "voluntold" to take Russian. He lived. As he heard several times (paraphrasing, words to this effect): "You were not appointed here to only make straight A's. You are here to to learn to perform with excellence in the face of adversity." Kind of the gentler translation of "suck it up, buttercup". So if she'd choose a language or more that she'd like, and allow for the small possibility it might not be the language she'd' take at USMA, it might be an easier decision. Change happens.
     

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