Rising Freshman help/question...

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  1. NHDad_2023

    NHDad_2023 New Member

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    First, I am so overwhelmed and already stressed for my son. He is currently finishing up 8th grade and heading to HS next year. He has had the USNA on his mind for at least the last 4 years. After reading and researching along with him it just seems so insurmountable and such an unrealistic goal. But one to strive for nonetheless. We actually just visited and spent the day there last week. We thought that may sway him a little in the other direction as we also visited many other schools for our daughter. It had the exact opposite effect, he did not want to leave!


    That being said, I am not sure how concerned we should be about his classes going into his Freshmen year. He is taking honors English, Science and History but taking CP geometry. He is taking what equates to a Freshman Algebra class now in 8th grade and was not “killing it” all year, until the last term when he finished with a 90. That was after the class recommendations were made. This was the only class that has ever prevented him from receiving Highest Honors. He begged to have us request the override to Honors Geometry but were a bit concerned with the Math workload with how this year went. He is currently a 3 sport athlete and will probably be throughout HS. He has been a Captain on both his Lacrosse and Soccer teams the last two years, so he stays very busy which plays into all of these decisions…


    My question it this, should we consider changing his classes for his Freshman year, i.e. request Honors Geometry and bump down to CP History or have him try all Honors classes? Or, should we keep it the way it is and worry more about his sophomore year? Please keep in mind one of our concerns is and has been to shy away from any of the CP classes if possible as that is where he would end up in more of the “general population” in a Public HS. The concern there is to keep the distractions to a minimum if at all possible...


    Of course, as most of you probably know starting the HS process with a 14 year old boy will be a ride in itself never mind adding this to the mix.



    Thank you!
     
  2. MJP

    MJP Member

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    Suggest you start your roller coaster ride by reading the posts under the stickies at the top of the USNA forum "what are my chances and other admissions questions"
    There is a nice long post that has good info. Won't go into all of it here and you can also look at the FAQ's on the USNA admissions page.
     
  3. USNA_Dad2019

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    You're in the same boat we were in when our DS hit us with the Academy in 8th grade! DS will be a Plebe this year. My advice is, don't try to hold him back, if he wants a full load of honors classes, let him take 'em. He, like all the other kids that get in, will find a way. He will find a way to juggle the classes, leadership, sports, etc. And manage to excel at all of them in the process. From your post it appears he is already headed in the right direction, and sounds like a great kid. Just buckle your seatbelt and enjoy the ride!

    And you should be concerned about his classes NOW. He has just the first three years of high school to build an academic record. One that shows he challenged himself, and was able to maintain a high level of achievement. The senior year grades don't really factor into the admissions decision. So taking the harder classes earlier in the process is definitely helpful. When in doubt, take honors/AP/IB when available. Just my two cents, it worked for our DS though.
     
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    Thank you very much for the reply/input! Exactly what I was looking for with regard to feedback from someone who has been in this situation.

    I have been "lurking" on this forum for the last ~3 years and that was my first post as things are starting to be more "real" now...

    Thanks again and congratulations to all who have been through this process and succeeded, you should all be very proud!
     
  5. blackhawkmom

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    Sounds like you have a well rounded kid! Just make sure his community service and leadership along with sports stay balanced. It's the complete package they are looking for --wish i had the formula for you but alas none of us do! Good luck!
     
  6. Spud

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    My 2 cents is to first stop being overwhelmed and stressed over what may or may not happen 4 years from now. If he does not get into USNA, he sounds like a kid who will do well in whatever he pursues. He will do fine anywhere. That being said I would highly recommend the book (found on amazon for about $20) titled "The Naval Academy Candidate Book, subtitled: How to prepare, How to get in, How to survive" by Ross. There are other books listed but none are worth the money and one is full of misleading advice. A lot of the book will become more valuable as he gets ready to apply but it gives a great look at how to prepare academically, physically, and leadership-wise.
     
  7. NHDad_2023

    NHDad_2023 New Member

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    Thank you for the additional feedback. With regard to being overwhelmed and stressed out it really centers more around wanting what your kid wants and worrying about their potential disappointment and/or struggles. Believe me, I also have a daughter that is a junior right now that does very well in school and we have seen her change direction a few times, so I am aware of what can happen in 3 months nevermind four years...

    With regard to the book, I am happy you mentioned that exact title as one of his grandmothers gave him that book over a year ago.

    Thanks again for the help!
     

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