My high school doesn`t even rank anymore, so I can`t really give specifics as far as how I rank, but I realize USNA takes into account the competitiveness of your high school. My high school is....not competitive at all. Only about 29% attend a 4-year university out of high school. I`m going to take a wild guess and say I`m (This is an extreme rough estimate, as I have no idea) ranked maybe somewhere between 100-150 out of about 450 students. "So why aren`t you in the top 25, at least?" Good question. Last year, I didn`t try as hard as I should have, and have a 3.5 unweighted, 3.7 weighted GPA, which isn`t terrible, but not as good as I could have done. But I`m planning on getting straight A`s through the rest of high school with about 4 or so other APs (excluding the AP class I`m taking now). So, I`m thinking that if I work extremely hard, by junior or senior year, I`ll be in the top 80. I must say though only 29% go to 4 year colleges in the past, my class of 2015 is pretty smart, and I`d say that there`s 100 or so of us that are extremely smart. (But still, about 300 don`t come close to a 3.0) My question is, do they take into account some of the other students who have a different....I guess I could say, situation than me. See, there`s about 15 kids in my class that are extremely smart in math and science and attend this program called Governor`s School. They go to a different school in the morning (the only school that has the program in 50 miles, so they get bused over) and take very high level math and science classes. These are sophomores taking Pre-Calc, physics, and specialty science and math classes that could not be found at your average high school. Then they come to the high school and take 2 other "regular" classes, or AP classes. So, these are not average smart students. Extremely gifted students. For every Gov School class they take, they get an extra quality point added to their GPA, much like AP. So, while some sophomores have an above 4.0 GPA, these students have an above 4.5 GPA, and it`s only going to keep growing as they take more classes. So with that background information in mind, will USNA see that while the majority of my class isn`t very smart, there`s 100 or so who are, and another 15 or so who have GPA`s that really can`t be achieved unless you`re in Gov School? Some of these students will have above 5.0 GPAs, and I`ll maybe have a 4.2 or 4.3. ------------------------- While I`ve got you reading this, you might as well answer another question for me. My school doesn`t allow freshman to take AP classes. So, instead, we have the option of taking T/A classes. They actually weren`t hard at all, but they are meant to be a challenge. We get .5 added on to our GPA for each one we take. I took T/A classes for every subject I could (Math, English, Science, and History). So, will USNA see these classes as like Honors, or something? They`re not common, and I`ve never heard of them in any other school, but they`re meant for people who are "interested in pursuing a college path after graduation for high school". That`s what the handbook says. So how will USNA view them? I`m also taking them in Science and English again this year, as I didn`t have enough room in my schedule to take an AP science, and can`t take AP English until 11th. I know that taking T/A won`t affect me negatively, but will they just be seen as "normal" classes, or more advanced? All help is much appreciated, thank you!