High school rating

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By Fishercochran (Fishercochran) on Friday, August 29, 2003 - 08:37 am: Edit

How is the quality of the high school treated in admissions process? For example, I was told that my son's school is ranked 7th out of about 350 public high schools in Massachusetts. How will this factor in?

By Soulofheaven8 (Soulofheaven8) on Friday, August 29, 2003 - 08:43 am: Edit

All it does is show that your GPA is not a fluke.

By Ctrain890 (Ctrain890) on Friday, August 29, 2003 - 09:33 am: Edit

Not necessarily. Every school sends a school report with each application. This tells, among other things, how many NM scholars there were, how many AP/IB classes are offered, etc. It's basically used to verify how much the student has taken advantage of what the school has to offer.

But also remember, your son will be competing w/ other people in his class. Even if his overall "package" would be rated 96%, if the school has 10 100%s, it's likely that he might not be accepted, even if a 96% would be totally courted at a less competetive high school.

What school is it BTW?

By Fishercochran (Fishercochran) on Friday, August 29, 2003 - 09:47 am: Edit

Needham High

By Ariesathena (Ariesathena) on Friday, August 29, 2003 - 07:03 pm: Edit

If the school has a history of sending to a certain college, and the students who go there tend to succeed, then it will help. The college knows that those students have a great background. Having an excellent high school helps to put the class rank in perspective as well - colleges can compare different students more effectively.

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