Question about US History class

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  1. Capslocker

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    I read that one of the requirements of getting into West Point is to take one year of US History. Well I took it last year in eight grade and I think I got a B or a C in it. Does that count or do I have to take it again in High School? I hope not, because I'm not sure my school offers it.

    And another question: Is 9th grade too early to start preparing? I've got good grades and I'm planning to apply to all the SA's but West Point is the one I want to get into the most. Am I starting too early or not early enough?
     
  2. Casey

    Casey USMA 2015

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    Its great that you're starting to think about this freshman year, and yes, you should be choosing what kind of classes and extracirriculars will make you a competitive candidate, but at the same time, remember to have some fun. High school is a great time, and I've spent the last 4 years knowing that I was going to be applying to both USAFA and USMA and kept my grades as best as I could and participated in sports and looked for ways to explore leadership opportunities both in school and in the community, but at the same time, I've also been having a blast doing stuff that I'm interested in (i.e. soccer 24/7 it seems sometimes). Remember, admissions is looking for who you are as a person. Work hard, get good grades, stay out of trouble, and do things that interest you and excel in them and you'll find yourself in a good place come application time
     
  3. America's Finest

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    Only high school or college level classes will count towards admission to a service academy. Unless your US History class was either of those, it won't count. I find it hard to believe a high school won't offer US History so you might want to double check.

    You are starting at a good time. A lot of people don't until half way through high school at which point they have control over only half of their file. My suggestion for now would be to find a sport you love and join it now. Same goes for any clubs or organizations you may be interested in.
     
  4. buff81

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    9th grade is not too early to start!
    Go to http://admissions.usma.edu/startyoung.cfm
    This will help you prepare to become a competitive candidate for West Point.
    There is also a box in the upper right hand corner where you can sign up to be on the mailing list.

    Keep logging on here to the SAF. This is also a great resource as you start planning to apply to any of the service academies.

    Good Luck! :thumb:
     
  5. Capslocker

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    Thanks for the answers! I looked it up in the school handbook, and we do have US History, so one less thing for me to worry about. Now I just need to start doing sports...

    Oh, and I'll post all my questions in the question thread from now on, so as not to clutter up the forum. :biggrin:
     

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