NOTE: This is very long, and I`m sorry, but this is something I`m struggling to figure out. I`m the type of person who likes to have a plan set, so while I`m only a sophomore, I`m trying to decide now what classes I should take junior and senior year. I`m trying to decide on taking more AP classes and math/science classes vs. Journalism. Now, it`s my dream to get into USNA, but if I don`t get in, I want to study journalism in college, so I want to get a lot of journalism classes in too. Unfortunately, the way my school works, we can only take 4 classes a semester, 8 classes for the whole year, so that puts a limit on the classes I can take. Another thing that I regret is that I took Algebra 1 in 9th grade, and ended up getting put in the year long class, so I have the 2nd part of Algebra 1 this semester, and then made a smart choice and am taking Honors Geometry next semester instead of waiting until junior year. I`d "double up" again junior and senior year and take two maths each year, but next year I have to get Spanish 3 in, and also have to take science, and my AP classes are all year, so they take up a lot of room. Sorry if this is confusing, so I`ll just post all of my classes I`m taking/planning to take. I`d max out on a lot of AP and math classes to help my chances, but I`m going to have to require at least one waiver to get in to USNA, so I`m trying to have a back-up plan. Freshman Year Intro to Media-A Gym/Health-B Algebra 1-C Spanish 2-B Honors World History-A,A Honors Biology-A,A Honors English-A,A Sophomore Year (Current Year) Algebra 1 pt. 2-A (So far, and I`m working EXTREMELY hard to keep it this way, because I know another B or C in a math class could ruin my chances) Honors English-A Honors Earth Science-A AP W. History pt. 2-A,A (I know I`ll keep an A all year) These classes are for next semester, and I`m predicting what I`ll get: Gym/Drivers Ed 10-A Journalism 2-A Honors Geometry-A And then AP History Junior Year Algebra 2/Trig (I think) AP U.S History AP English Spanish 3 I want to do Journalism 3, because that`ll get me Editor of the School Newspaper, which will look good on my USNA application, and it`s also what I love, but I`m also trying to decide whether or not I should do an AP science class, probably Chemistry, or just regular Chemistry. Senior Year (Really not sure here) AP Government AP English Pre-Calc And then, either: AP Physics Journalism OR: AP Physics Calc OR: Physics Calc Journalism 4 Would the extra AP class senior year help? In your opinion, for senior year, should I do option 1, 2, or 3? Which would be more beneficial? And would you change anything else in my junior year? Right now, my GPA (Weighted) is 3.7, so the AP classes will help out. I also have the option 12th grade to do dual-enrollment college classes for English and History, and they`re only a semester, so it would be beneficial to my schedule, buy then I don`t get the extra point to my GPA. But on the upside, I WOULD get a lot more classes, and could fit in everything I wanted. Which would USNA favor: AP or College Dual-Enrollment? I`m SO sorry this was this long, but this is someting I`m trying to figure out, and my guidance counselor isn`t helpuful at all. Thank you!