Hi y'all! I'm new to CC, so if there are any missteps I make, pointing them out is appreciated.
I'm going into my senior year, with my dream schools being Princeton, Columbia, and Stanford, and am considering eliminating them from my list of schools to apply to because of my stats. I come from an upper middle class household, have a 3.85-ish GPA unweighted (around 4.4 weighted, I think), 36 ACT, and four 800s on SAT II Subject Tests (Physics, Bio M, Math II, and Literature). I've taken the most rigorous schedule my school offers each year, with 1 AP and two honors sophomore year, and 4 APs and 2 honors my junior year. I have four 4s and one 5 on my AP exams. My high school is competitive, ranked 2nd in my state.
I take care of a terminally ill parent, and have been throughout high school. This is a time commitment of about 35 hrs/wk during the school year. During junior year, I ended up taking care of both my parents, as the other parent was injured badly. As a result, I ended up with three 4s and one 5 on my AP exams, as well as a total of 5 B-pluses. Are my chances at Stanford, the Ivies, and similarly competitive schools shot?
Edit: My ECs are okay but not exceptional (I haven't had significant time to devote to them as a result of my responsibilities at home). I do lab research at my local university, and will continue that position into my senior year. I do a lot of service work, and have started a business with that end goal. I have had a couple of gallery shows for my artwork, and depending on how this summer plays out, may have my writing published online and/or my music played by a city orchestra.