I'd really like to consider going to USAFA, but my grades aren't amazing... largely due to the fact that I take more classes and harder class than most of my schoolmates and that the academics are hard at my school anyways. I'm not sure if my school ranks or not. I'm pretty sure they don't, except for valedictorian... but I really don't know. So anyways... here are my stats. Freshman Year: Courses/Grades: * English 9- A- * Concert Band/Jazz Band- A- * French II- B * Geometry-B * Biology- C+ * Latin II- C+ Extracurriculars/Athletics: * Varsity Cheerleading [Awarded Most Improved] * Honor Council [Class Representative] * ASTRA [Girl’s Community Service- 12 hours] * Chess Club [President] * Latin Club * The Talon [Student Newspaper- Writer] * Attended Summer Science Program at SC Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics * Selected to attend Declamation Contest at Clemson University [French Language] GPA: 3.0/4.0 3.47/4.5 Sophomore Year: Courses/Grades: * Concert Band/Jazz Band- A * Chemistry- B * European History- B * French III- B- * Algebra II/Trig.- B- * Physics- B- * Latin III- B- * English 10- C+ Extracurriculars/Athletics: * Varsity Cheerleading * Varsity Field Hockey [Goalie] * Honor Council [Class Representative- My principal said that I was a "leading voice on the Honor Council"] * Band Officer [Historian] * ASTRA [Girl’s Community Service- 24 hours] * The Delta [School Yearbook; Sports Section Editor] * Literary Magazine [Staff] * Latin Club * The Talon [Student Newspaper- Writer] * Selected to attend Declamation Contest at Clemson University [French Language] *Received the County Foundation Scholarship GPA: 2.876/4.0 3.31/34.5 Overall GPA: 2.938/4.0 Weighted GPA: 3.41/4.5 SAT: (Will definitely be retaking again... this was early in sophomore year.) Critical Reading: 630 Math: 570 I know my grades aren't super up to par... but I'm planning on having straight A's this year and I'm taking: Pre-Calculus AP Chemistry Concert Band Jazz Band English 11 AP Music Theory AP US History French IV All of my classes except band have been Honors. Even if I have straight A's this year, it still won't bring up my GPA very much... so my question is... What else can I do to be a better applicant and is it still possible? ...Because I'm beginning to want to shoot my self in the foot for taking more classes and harder classes than most.