What is your age? What have you done so far? Realize that most Academies have over 10000 applicants each year and only select 1200-1300. Most classes graduate between 800-900. The competition is VERY stiff. You must do VERY well in school, do well on the ACT/SATs, be involved in your school (gov't sports extra activities), but grades is the most important. Vol service? Boy/Girl Scouts or CAP... all could be factors. Military prep school? Or any leadership opportunities - grab!