I’m a freshman at a very competitive high school (Cardinal Gibbons in Raleigh, NC). I can think of 5 or 6 people in my grade who fit the mold of someone who gets accepted into West Point. I was wondering if West Point will ever make offers to multiple people in the same school because I believe in my case that if only one of us was accepted that West Point would be missing out on very good candidates.
All of the academies can and do accept multiple applicants from the same school if those applicants receive nominations and are applicants the academies want. The winnowing is not by individual high school, it’s by who has a nomination and fills an academy need. The difficulty is with the nomination as applicants from the same high school will be competing against each other for the same congressional district and senatorial nominations. I know of twins who have been accepted to the same academy so not only same high school but same family.
We ran into this 2 years ago. My son and a close friend of his were both offered appointments from the same high school. They are both at USMA now. The caveat was the friend lived across Congressional boundary lines and only competed with our Senators. In fact, they knew about the connection and asked them why one would be better than the other (more light-hearted than it sounds).
Keep in mind also, if you get more than one Nomination, you may never know which Nomination was used to give you the appointment. Only one gets charged.
Just focus on what you can do (Grades, SAT/ACT, Extra-Curriculars, Physical Fitness). The nominations are a crap shoot, especially in very competitive districts. Imagine having to decide from a list of amazing young adults, all deserving in their own way. Someone has to be denied, as crappy as that is. That is why, you focus on what you can and hope for the best.
Hope this helps.
Only about half of nominations come directly from members of Congress. There are other sources such as Presidential, ROTC, Superintendent, and VP. A lot of appointees are also pulled from the national pool. There are many instances of multiple people coming from the same high school and it is not unusual at all.