Question regarding High School choice-University Preparatory

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by hopeful313, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. hopeful313

    hopeful313 New Member

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    Our USAFA hopeful son #2 will be heading to high school next year. We have always planned that our USAFA hopeful son would attend the university preparatory high school that our older son attends. Upon our investigations over the last year I am now considering that going to a public high school where he can take AP classes and have them listed as such would look better on his application. I want to be wrong because we really like our university preparatory high school here. I talked to the school advisor and she said that although their (university prep) classes aren't listed as AP, they are at the AP level. Our oldest son goes to this school and takes high school and college classes as part of the curriculum. It is on a college campus.

    I am hoping someone here will be knowledgeable about the differences between the two.
     
  2. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    Part of the paperwork USAFA asks for is a school profile. If the school's classes are at the AP level, it should show in both the profile and matriculation statistics.
     
  3. Dad

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    ramius is spot on. If you are happy with the school your older son attends, it would be wise to send your younger son there as well. It is hard to find a school that you are happy with. USAFA not only takes into consideration AP availablity, they also consider the number of grads that go to ivys, CC, etc. They know that an "A" at one school is different than an "A" at another school. That is why they look at the school profile and adjust the candidates gpa. Our DS had a 3.95 (unweighted out of 4.0) GPA and USAFA adjusted it to a 4.1 using their super secret formula. They have been doing this for a while and will not penalize your son for not having AP classes available. Best wishes. :thumb:
     
  4. hopeful313

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    That is such a relief. Thank you for your responses. As a mother of an 8th grade boy who has wanted this for so long, I feel such a responsibility to make sure that we don't miss something important because of ignorance. Now that I'm really looking into this seriously, it is pretty overwhelming when trying to understand it all. This forum was a great find.
     
  5. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    Hopeful, it's true. They gods of admissions will know. Send your child to the school of your choice, and have him/her take the most advanced coursework possible, including plenty of math, science, computer, etc.
     

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