I'm 15 years old and currently living in Mendoza, Argentina. I lived around 12 years in California, where I was born, and have moved here after a harsh divorce. I missed out on around 9 months of school when I first got here, and due to a significant language barrier have repeated the 8th grade once.
I am now entering 9th grade, and am worried about college in the future. I'm hoping to be able to become a physicist when I grow up, specifically in the field of astrophysics / theoretical particle physics. The problem is, I don't know how living in a different country will affect my chances of getting into a college situated in the USA.
I hope to be able to go to CalTech or even Stanford if possible, I really do not want to settle for anything lesser than those 2.
I need to know what is necessary for me to be able to make it into either one of them, such as a required GPA or any other things that might be required seeing as I am living in a foreign country. I'd also love to know if me repeating the 8th grade would have an effect on my application. I am planning to improve my GPA substantially the coming year.
As I mentioned earlier, I really don't want to be forced into going to a college below the standards of CalTech or Stanford, as I am really interested in the field of physics and I personally regard these universities as the highest possible standard at the moment.
My father has a college fund saved in the bank for me already, so I am not worried about tuition.