In an average year, the class profile shows those that received an appointment were in the following:
Top 10% 57.7%
Top 20% 79.7%
Top 25% 84.9%
Top 50% 97.6%
So, your kid at 13% puts that at about the 65% of appointees. Not a big problem.
What is of more concern; "IN MY OPINION"; is what the rest of the school's "Profile" looks like. I say this because; if your kid has a 3.9gpa unweighted; and 4.5gpa weighted, and their are only at a ranking of 13%; that tells me a LOT of the students receive "A's". There's a lot of reasons this could happen. Some very legitimate reasons. Some not so. The school could be very easy on grading, and it's not difficult. This would mean that out of every 10 classes taken, a student is getting 9 "A's" and 1 "B". That equals a 3.9gpa. BUT, if there are 400 graduating seniors, and you are ranked 13%, then that means 52 other kids did better than 9 "A's" and 1 "B" out of 10 classes. Basically, it seems like grades are pretty easy at the school. Considering that "Nationally", the average gpa is as follows:
- Math: 2.65
- Science: 2.70
- English: 2.85
- Social studies: 2.89
- OVERALL: 3.0
It is possible however that the school is made up of most smart kids. Maybe a private school; or similar where the average public school doesn't go. In this case, it's not uncommon for the average GPA at the school to be closer to 3.5gpa unweighted. That would also mean that more students would be in the "A" category.
That's why the "School's Profile" is so important to the academy. They can see the classes offered; classes taken; how many kids attend college after graduating; more importantly WHAT COLLEGES they attend. I.e. If 50% attend college and 90% of that 50% go to State "U" or community college; vs a school where 70% go on to college; and 50% of that 70% go to "OTHER THAN State U" colleges, that's very significant.
So, don't worry about what the gpa and class rank means. Bottom line is; there is absolutely NOTHING you can do about it. If you were talking about a freshman in high school who had time to change things; that would be different. But it is what is is. Apply; promote your positive attributes in the application; show your passion with the ALO interview and MOC interviews. Do your best. Best of luck to your son/daughter.