I see lot of high stat kids get rejected from different schools because they didn't put a lot of effort into their essays. I'm not saying this was the case with your son, but many others thought their stats would get them in. Is it possible your son felt between his stats and the legacy status that it wasn't necessary to put great effort into crafting his essays? How much actual time did he spend on them? At least he does have two Ivies to choose from. Many others with similar stats were rejected from all the Ivies they applied to. I think it's safe to say with what he has already achieved in high school, he will be successful wherever he chooses to go.