Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science: Chance Me/Info Needed

Hello everyone! I made a chance me for TAMS page back at the beginning of my freshman year, and now I am a sophomore getting ready to apply. I am rather nervous about admissions, as I come from a rural area, and I haven’t had many opportunities that you can find at a larger school (part of the reason I want to attend TAMS). I am also concerned about the essay and short answers, simply because I haven’t applied to a program such as this in the past and I’m not sure what they look for. That being said, my grades, extracurriculars/awards, and test scores are pretty good, so I’m hoping that they will help me.

Grades
Math: I have received a 97 or higher in Pre-AP Prealgebra (grade 7), Honors Algebra 1 (grade 8), and Honors Geometry (grade 9). I am currently enrolled in Honors Algebra 2, and I got a 100 on my last report card.

Science: I have received a 97 or higher in 7th grade Pre-AP Science, 8th grade Pre-AP Science, and Honors Biology (grade 9). I am currently enrolled in Honors Chemistry, and I got a 100 on my last report card.

ELAR: I have received a 97 or higher in 7th grade Pre-AP Reading, 7th grade Pre-AP English, 8th grade Pre-AP ELAR, and Honors English 1 (grade 9). I am currently enrolled in Honors English 2, and I got a 100 on my last report card.

History: I have received a 97 or higher in Pre-AP Texas History (grade 7), Pre-AP US History (grade 8), and Honors World Geography (grade 9). I am currently enrolled in Honors World History, and I got a 100 on my last report card.

Dual Credit: I have received a 95 (highest grade for DC courses through my high school, I don’t know why) in DC Learning Frameworks (grade 9) and DC Music Appreciation (grade 9). I am currently enrolled in DC Psychology, and I got a 95 on my last report card.

Electives: I have received a 97 or higher in Athletics (grades 7&8), Band (grades 7-9), TMSCA/UIL (Academic Competitions) (7-9). I am currently enrolled in Band and UIL/TMSCA with similar grades.

Foreign Language: I am currently enrolled in Spanish 1, and I got a 100 on my last report card.

General Extracurriculars
Academic UIL 7-10
Volleyball 7-8
Varsity Golf 10
JV Tennis 9
Journalism 9
Band 7-10

STEM-Related Extracurriculars
TMSCA
UIL
Youth Think Climate Magazine (Writer/Editor)
Environmental Club? (I’m still in the process of getting this up and running… it should be by the time I finish my application.)

Offices Held
NJHS Member 8-9
NHS Member 10
Vice President of Book Club 10
President/Founder of Environmental Club? (See above)

Notable Awards/Honors
3rd Place 3A 7th Grade Science State TMSCA
10th Place 3A 7th Grade Math State TMSCA
1st Place 3A Freshman Science State TMSCA
7th Place 3A High School Social Studies State UIL
10th Place 3A High School Science State UIL
6th Chair Alto Saxophone ATSSB All-Region Band (grade 8)
Division 1 UIL Regional Solo and Ensemble (grade 9)
All-Area ATSSB Qualifier (Alto Saxophone) (grade 9)
President’s Award for Educational Excellence (grade 9)
Duke TIP Talent Search Grand Recognition (grade 9)

ACT Scores
I will take the ACT on October 24th, but on my most recent practice test my scores were: English-36, Reading-36, Science-34, Math-30. I’m hoping to bring up my math score a little bit by test day.

If there are any current TAMS students, alumni, or anyone else who is knowledgeable about the topic, please feel free to weigh in on my chances. Also, if anyone has any advice on admissions (especially essays, interviews, etc.) or any other TAMS topic I would appreciate it. Thank you for your time :slight_smile:

Hello. I would greatly appreciate it if somebody would reply to this thread with any thoughts or advice. I’m extremely nervous about admissions, and I would like to have a deeper understanding of my chances.