Candidates should pursue studies in high school that will prepare them for the Academy's rigorous program. The quality of work is important. The majority of students in our incoming classes each year rank in the top 20 percent of their high school class. Your Academic achievements are a very important factor in our evaluation process. Special consideration is given to students who take challenging curriculums that include honors, advanced placement, international baccalaureate, and dual-enrollment courses.
To be appointed to the Academy, candidates must have satisfactorily completed their high school education at an accredited secondary school or its equivalent. They must have earned at least 15 units of credit:
- Three units in English
- Three units in mathematics (from algebra, geometry and trigonometry);
- One unit in physics or chemistry with a laboratory.
These requirements are minimal. The Academy strongly recommends that candidates take four years of mathematics, to include calculus, and both physics and chemistry. Courses in mechanical drawing and machine shop are also desirable. Successful completion of pre-calculus or calculus satisfies the trigonometry requirement.