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  1. herman

    herman 5-Year Member

    Jan 24, 2012
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    what classes should i take
  2. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

    Oct 21, 2010
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    You need to give a lot more context to et any kind of answer to that question. What year of school are you in? Have you read through any of the threads on the forum which might answer your question? How about the sticky threads at the top of the page. People here are happy to help, but we need you to help us as well.
  3. futuremid

    futuremid 5-Year Member

    Aug 16, 2010
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    Maths: Algebra I, Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra II, Honors Pre-calc, AP Calculus AB (And if you can Calculus BC...I never got this far)

    English: All Honors English 9-11, AP English 12 (Lit. & Comp for me)

    Sciences: Biology, Physics, Chemistry (Shoot for APs or Honors...I only took AP Chem)

    Social Sciences: 1 year of World History, 1 Year of AP US History, 1 year of AP Gov't, maybe some economics or geography (definitely not required)

    Languages: You can obviously take 4 years. I'd say three is sufficient. I got in with just two years of spanish, but I come from a spanish-speaking family, so I was already fluent in it.

    Take smart electives that you like and go to the highest level. If you're interested in art, go to art 4. If you're interested in ceramics, take ceramics. Doesn't matter. I took Bible & theology electives, a drama class, and health education electives because that's what interested me and I was fine.

    Obviously, strive for the best grades in all classes. If you have to pick and choose, get the As in your sciences, maths, and english classes.
  4. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO 5-Year Member

    Jul 15, 2007
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    This is the guidance from USNA, but keep in mind that most of these items meets the "minimum." USNA is a technical school, so focusing and performing well in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) courses is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

    Ref: USNA Catalog, Admissions Section.

    The academic program at the Naval Academy is very challenging, even by comparison with programs at other leading U.S. colleges and universities; consequently your preparation will be extremely important. Because the USNA program emphasizes mathematics, science, engineering and writing, your school preparation should include the following:

    • Mathematics — four years of mathematics courses, with a strong foundation in
    geometry, algebra and trigonometry.
    • English - four years of course work in English with a special emphasis on the study and practice of effective writing.

    Your application will be strengthened if, in addition to the above, you have had:
    • Mathematics - courses in pre-calculus or calculus.
    • Science — two years with at least one year of chemistry, with laboratory experience
    • English — additional courses in English and American literature as well as courses
    in other areas that emphasize writing.
    • Foreign language — at least two years, preferably four, in a single language.
    Course work should include regular use of the spoken language and encompass
    elementary syntax and grammar.

    To further enhance your competitiveness for admission and your preparation for academic success, the
    following is also recommended:
    • Physics - a full year including a laboratory experience
    • History - a full year of U.S. history and, where possible, a full year of European or world history.
  5. osdad

    osdad 5-Year Member

    Feb 10, 2010
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    Simple: take the most challenging classes your HS offers and excel in them.
  6. Tobes

    Tobes 5-Year Member

    Dec 10, 2011
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    Another option

    If you run out of challenging courses at your HS it can be possible to take the next level at a local college. In WI we have a program for it,NC might as well.
  7. nuensis

    nuensis USNA 2016 5-Year Member

    May 23, 2011
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    My schedule:

    Math: Algebra II/Trig (combined course), Pre-Cal, and Calculus AB/BC.

    Science: Biology H, Chemistry (honors not offered), Chemistry AP, Physics AP

    English: English I/II Honors, English Language AP, English Literature AP

    History: World History H, European History AP, U.S. History AP, Government and Politics AP/Economics H (combined course)
    *note if you're looking to validate History with AP scores, you must take BOTH U.S. History and World History and earn 5s on the AP tests.


    1 Computer Technology class

    3 semesters of Information Technology TA

    2 years of Spanish

    4 years of NJROTC

    Pulled a couple of Bs and one C. Still got an appointment. It's better to do average in a difficult class than outstanding in an easy class.

    Definitely take four years of math and four years of science. Get as high as you can in math and science; it'll help you both in Admissions and at the Academy. Most high schools will require four years of English anyway. USNA was fine with 2 years of language for me, but it might be better to take more. I snuck in some computer electives; though such a class is not essential, it's probably a good idea to at least know how to type properly before you get to USNA.

    Get one leadership elective (JROTC, Student Government) or one leadership ECA (Boy Scouts, Sea Cadets). Join a few clubs you really like and get cabinet positions in them.

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