Will changing high school math class affect scholarship?

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  1. OCDomer

    OCDomer Member

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    My high school senior son has been notified that he has been awarded a 3-yr AD AROTC scholarship, and we are waiting for the official letter to arrive in the mail.

    (As an aside - Are folks getting their actual letters yet?)

    But we have a question: My son has been struggling (really struggling) in Advanced Placement Calculus and wants to switch to Applied Calculus which he thinks he will be able to handle better. Will switching math classes affect his scholarship? Is the scholarship dependent in some way on what classes he is currently taking in high school? (Note that he is taking AP Literature, Honors Physics, AP Economics, and AP Government at the same time right now as well).

    Any advice is most appreciated.

    (And again I ask: Are folks getting their letters yet?)
     
  2. debcst

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    No letter here.

    I don't know the answer to the question about the class- would a ROO be able to help with this?
     
  3. Jcleppe

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    I don't think that would be a problem.

    The ROTC never asked for the final high school transcript for my son last year, the college asked for a copy but I sure don't see even the college having any issue with switching from AP Calc to Applied Clac.

    I wouldn't worry about it unless the college, not ROTC, was highly competitive, even then they will be looking more at the grade he received in Calc rather then the class that was taken.

    Congratulations to your son.
     
  4. OCDomer

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    I Hope You're Right

    Thanks for the moral support! I hope you're right. This thing feels so precarious until we get the paperwork done. I know we are more nervous than we need to be, but can't help it.
     
  5. cjs

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    CC never asked for any transcripts, grades or anything else after the scholarship was awarded other than the signed letter back. ROTC never asked an of those things either.
     
  6. kinnem

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    Just some food for thought. Isn't your son going to have to tackle calculus next year? Would it really be easier then? Or would switching to applied valve really be easier? Is perhaps the applied calc course at a different spot in terms of covering the topic?
     
  7. dunninla

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    No, No.

    kinnem, Army ROTC does not have a Calculus requirement (nor physics or chemistry), unless the Award Letter stipulates an Engineering (ADM I), or technical major (ADM II) in which case you are correct that at least Calculus and Chem would be a prerequisites (I think all BS degrees have Calc and Chem as prereqs.)
     
  8. dunninla

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    same here, my DD was not asked for her final HS transcript. She was asked for her Birth Certificate, and a few other things.
     
  9. Jcleppe

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    One thing your son might consider depending on what his major is going to be. Depending on which school he is going to if he is going for a Lib Arts degree he will probably not take calc in college. If he is going for a degree that requires calc taking a harder calc class in high school might help him when he takes the class again in college.

    Of course struggling through a class he doesn't understand doesn't do much for him, better to take a class he can follow and understand to give himself a better base of knowledge in the subject when he does take calc in college.

    Most of all...don't worry about switching the class, it won't effect his scholarship.
     

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