My daughter has expressed an interest in considering the service academies in the future. She’s still young (13), but very highly motivated, mature, resilient, and gifted. As a non-military family I have a few questions…
Most notably: she currently attends an unusual arts magnet school (public) that continues through 12th grade as a music student (she does not and has not ever wanted to pursue music professionally, she just really enjoys the opportunity to study music at basically a collegiate level now.) It’s a rigorous, extended school day, but there are zero athletics at the school, and while all academics are honors, there is a limited selection of AP courses. Also, virtually no opportunities for extracurriculars, as students at there are super-focused on their specialty.
So far, she has a perfect GPA so far, and a 7th grade 28 ACT score through a gifted program (which projects to about a 34 her junior year.)
Would this arts-focused high school experience put her out of the running for military academies if she opts to do so? If she continues to retain this interest, should we reconsider her remaining at this school through high school, or consider transferring her to a normal HS with the normal offerings?
The only other extracurricular she has time for with her intense music schedule, is Girl Scouts, and she does have the intention of earning her Gold Award. She was thinking of adding on another of the more advanced scouting programs… the only one we can find that might be doable with her schedule is a CAP Cadet program.