Sorry for double post. Long time reader and first time poster. I am looking for a “chance me” on my S24, who is currently a recruited athlete. I am hoping for some feedback as athletics can be tricky and you are only as good as your last event. Specifically, is his current path going to give him a good chance at his targets (not all just listed some at bottom) without athletic recruiting? I know most are reaches. Some info:
Public. Mid to Large for CA. Award winning and IB
Recruited Athlete. 3 sports-varsity, both years. Nationally ranked in one of the sports
Intended Major- Unknown but strong lean towards STEM
GPA, Rank, and Test Scores
Unweighted HS GPA: 4.00
Weighted HS GPA: 4.79
Class Rank: 2nd out of 617
ACT/SAT Scores: Has not taken SAT yet
Frosh- Honors everything possible including Eng, Integrated 2, and Biology. AP HG (4 on AP test). Spanish- school does not offer honors. All A’s
Current Soph- Honors everything including Eng, Int 3/Pre-calc, and Chemistry. AP World Hist and AP Psych. Spanish- school does not offer honors. All A’s so far. Took college art class and got A, so he could take second AP class.
Junior year- eyeballing IB diploma with full IB coursework.
Multiple scholar athlete awards. Regional sportsmanship awards. Regional committee for HS sports (leadership just by being on committee).
Volunteer through school club (not officer) but about 20 hours so far this year (volunteer service is usually assisting child advocacy groups or cleaning up campus).
Peer tutor of at least 10 hours this year.
As mentioned three sport varsity athlete. In one of the sports nationally ranked and recruited (coaches cannot reach out to him but have reached out to his counselor and coaches). In one other sport he has local honors. He is looking at scaling back his athletics to just his primary sport in Junior year as he hears IBD is pretty time consuming.
Cost Constraints / Budget
We are middle class in CA but that leaves little for need based aid for most of his targets (why don’t they get how expensive CA is). Most likely full pay or loans if no merit scholarship (athletic or academic).
School list (may be too soon but looking for opinions with and without athletic recruitment):
*U of NC at CH
Part of putting this up was to find out if IBD is needed or can he go AP route? Counselor already said only way to get “most challenging coursework” is to go IBD.
Considering sports, most challenging coursework available, and volunteer service, he has no time for regional science or academic competitions. How bad will this hurt him? He is a rockstar at time management but I wonder if schools will value all the time in hs athletics vs more clubs or volunteering.
Lastly, how important is it to take PSAT in the fall for National Merit? He would rather just take the SAT but peers are saying to take PSAT/NM to stack the accolades (hoping to score high enough).
Long post and thank you so much if you made it this far. Appreciate your feedback.