Very well said MN-DAD. The truth is; MANY HS Counselors are ignorant when it comes to the academies. Even in the most "Prestigious" high schools in the country. Matter of fact; I would say, the more elite, prestigious, expensive, etc. that a high school is; chances are, the more "ignorant" the high school counselors are. REASON: Less applicants from those schools applying to military academies, and therefor less experience by counselors. But as MN-DAD pointed out, there is nothing derogatory about being "Ignorant". Those who take offense to the word, are obviously ignorant of what the word ignorant means. As an ALO, I've personally met with no less than 20 hs counselors. Very few had an in-depth knowledge of the academies. They basically did whatever the student/applicant instructed them to do. E.g. sent transcripts, school profile, class ranking, etc. Very few provided any actual guidance in the process. Funny enough however, one of my son's teachers heard he applied to the academy when my son was in the guidance office getting paperwork sent. He, (The teacher), told my son he was wasting his talents and abilities by going to the air force academy. He should attend a real school. Well, after just 4 years (8 if you include the academy), my son has Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate's degrees. 26 years old; and no college debt. I don't think even his teacher can say that about himself. The point is, there are a lot of well meaning teachers and guidance counselors out there. Just because they say something, doesn't mean they're correct. Just because a teacher teaches something in the classroom, doesn't mean they are correct. And ANY guidance counselor who tells an individual, who they KNOW, is applying to one of the academies, to ONLY TAKE the ACT/SAT no more than twice, is either "Ignorant" or "Incompetent". Chances are, they simply don't know how the academies work.