Hi there! Here's the background: I have 14 year old twin boys who are incoming HS freshman. DH and I know nothing about service academies, but I am learning a lot through online research and the wealth of knowledge available on these forums. When DS#1 expressed interest in the service academies last year, we attended an information forum. He learned about STEM camp, applied, and attended last summer. Hence, DS#1 has set his sights on the USNA. As a family, we flew across the country to pick him up. DH, DS#2, and I were touring the USNA when DS#2 turned to me and said: "I'm going to do this, too." Now, both have applied for STEM camp and are waiting to hear. In the meantime, I have picked up a second job, just in case they're accepted and we need to buy plane tickets, quick! We live in a very small town, where students are encouraged to take only two Pre-AP classes at a time. If the parent advocates for all four Pre-AP classes, they will permit it - so I know that the boys will okay there. Here's where I need advice: I've read a lot about Chemistry and Calculus being very important classes in applying to and attending the USNA. On a typical graduation plan for our small school district, these classes aren't taken until Senior year. In looking a my boys' graduation plans, I've figured that they could take Chemistry and Calculus their Junior year, if they wanted to double up math Freshman year and science Sophomore year. Should I plan on advocating for this? This is a big step for our high school, which heavily promotes vocational programs. Extra info: Both boys are currently in honors classes, and are planning on Pre-AP and AP in high school. DH is a Physical Therapist, but was a high school Chemistry & Physics teacher. I am a high school English teacher. Most students in our small town go to junior colleges/vocational programs. Boys & DH are Native American (Cherokee Nation!). From where we are now, my boys are reaching for the stars, here.