Could you get a letter of recommendation from a math teacher that you had for a couple weeks in two separate years?


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Aug 16, 2023
For my junior year of highschool, I transferred out of AP Calculus BC because my first test grade was bad. For my senior year of highschool, I was in AP Calculus BC for a short time, but transferred to take a different AP class as my school limits the amount of APs you can take to 6. Would it be alright if I asked this math teacher even if I did not have her for a full course year?
Do you not have another Math that can evaluate you (junior or senior year)? Did you take any full course math junior or senior year?
The directions are very clear about who should submit your assessments (note that these are NOT recommendations, but evaluations.) Make sure you follow those instructions precisely, to avoid any complications down the road.

USNA wants the assessment of a teacher who knows you and your work well. So answer this simple question: Who is in better position to evaluate — a teacher you had for 5% of the term or one you had for 95% of the term? I think you know the right answer. Now do the right thing.
Follow the guidance and requirements per USNA published guidance, as recommended above.

Always be clear you are asking for advice on an anonymous Internet forum, where the advice is worth what you pay for it, including mine. Your primary source for official guidance is Admissions. They usually have a daily midday-ish Eastern live chat, accessed by the chat widget on the Admissions webpages, plus other contact methods. 💬

This is the guidance teachers are given when they are sent the link to the evaluation form.

This from the Class of 2028 guidance to candidates:
Hat tip to @Capt MJ for attaching the relevant links to the USNA website. It was a good reminder for me that the teacher submissions are in fact called “recommendations.” At the same time, these are not recommendations in the traditional sense, i.e. the student requests a presumably favorable letter from presumably supportive source.

Instead, there’s a template that the very specific teacher must follow, providing structured feedback, along with space for a more open-ended response. So think of it as more of an evaluation and declaration than a letter of recommendation.