Well, my kid done went and did it - she got an "F" in a class. GPA weighted remains above the mid 3s inspite of this "F". Is she sunk? Does she continue to try (apply) or is it folly? (Be honest, I have thick skin.) Without going into the "story" (rationalizing) of HOW this happened, the pertinents are: F was in a math class. F was a semester grade (2nd semester, end of year), and not merely a quarter F. DD just finished Junior year, will be senior when school begins again this fall. (We're worried that initial grades submissions timing will contain the "F" but not any following quarters' redeeming grades.) Nominally one would simply continue to try on the off chance that one gets in in spite of the grade, but I'm asking the question for the following reasons. The kid is already very busy and very stressed just being the (erstwhile) "good student" - and overall great person - she already is. The application process is a bear, as we all know. Staying on top of the application process (doing it right) can be consuming in itself and is another burdensome activity on top of her list of activities, in addition to her 1-hour 20-minute commute each way to/from school every day. I realize there is an aspect of life that argues for fighting for what one wants. Ignoring for the moment the philosophy of "never quit", "go down fighting," the 20th Maine's bayonet charge, and all that (I personally know all about the value of stick-to-it-iveness, I was a Ranger school re-cycle -- twice -- and saw it through to graduation) -- we're talking herein about pragmatic, practical considerations in-real-life. Besides welcoming everyone's well-intended prognosis of my DD, I am especially looking for first hand accounts of an "F" actually getting into an academy and accounts of "F"s being the known disqualifier. Talking about both the MOC nom and admissions proper. Thanks all.