<p>Hi everyone! I would really appreciate some help deciding if I should apply early action or regular decision to Stanford. To start off, Stanford is my absolute first choice, far and above any other school. However, my junior year did not go as well as I had hoped (dad's been unemployed for 3 years so his unemployment benefits ran out, older brother in college and little sister also in private high school means lots of tuition bills, parents argue all the time, too much stress from outside of school). I am a white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant from the Midwest who attends a well-respected religious college preparatory school.</p>
I've chosen to take as many honors, advanced, and AP classes as my school allows.
Sophomore Year: Advanced Geometry/Trigonometry (A), Accelerated Chemistry (A), Chinese II (A), Global History II (A+), Theology II (A+), Dance I (A+), English II (A+).
Junior Year: AP Physics (A first semester, B+ second semester, 4 on the AP Exam), Honors English (B+, 5 on AP Lit/Comp exam), Advanced Pre-Calculus and AP Statistics (A first semester, A+ second semester, 4 on the AP Statistics exam), AP US History (A, 4 on the AP Exam), Chinese III (A+), Theology III (A+).</p>
<p>Senior Schedule with projected grades:
First semester: AP Calculus BC (A), AP Biology (A+), American Literature (A+), AP American Politics and Government (A+), Chinese IV (A+), Christian Life Choices (A+).
Second Semester: AP Calculus BC (A), AP Chemistry (A), British Literature (A+), AP Biology (A+), Chinese IV (A+), World Religions (A+).</p>
<p>Cumulative GPA as of now: 4.19 (A+ = 4.5, A = 4.0, so on...)</p>
ACT Highest Scores: Composite 34, English 35, Math 36, Reading 34, Science 36, Writing 11.
SAT IIs: Math II 720, Literature 730.</p>
Student Intern: St. Louis Science Center, sophomore year
Work-grant tuition assistance at my school (work custodial for lower tuition), junior and senior year</p>
I have taken 3 classes at Washington University in St. Louis: Introduction to Problem-based Learning in Biology (A), Intro to Macroeconomics (A), Intro to Microeconomics (A). Total of 9 semester hours with GPA 4.0</p>
National Honor Society
Community Service Program: volunteer to tutor kids at local elementary schools and my own school, cook dinner once a week at a women and children shelter.
Other volunteer work: Missouri Botanical Garden volunteer, Literacy Ambassador for Magazine Publishers' Family Literacy Project (collect used magazines and redistribute them to literacy projects)
Chinese Club: junior year representative, senior year president
Sustainability Committee (junior, senior): discuss and implement sustainable methods of life at my school (started our composting program, increased recycling, currently conducting an energy audit)
Varsity Swimming: sophomore and junior year (I was cut freshman year, could not swim senior year for medical reasons)
Junior Year Banner Committee: helped coordinate/design/construct our class banner (a LOT of work)
Church puppet group (practice every Sunday)
Summer Swim team since 2000</p>
Gateway West Leader of Tomorrow 2012 - Medallion Winner (International Leadership Network)</p>
<p>Overall, I feel like I have a decent application as of now. Strong essays I'm happy with, good letters of recommendation, and a good amount of extracurricular involvement. But my GPA will be better at the semester so I would look slightly better at regular decision. In your opinion, should I apply REA or RD for my best chance at Stanford?