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Parents of the HS Class of 2018 - 3.0 to 3.4 GPA

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  • chippedtoofchippedtoof Registered User Posts: 131 Junior Member
    @persimmony
    If CTCL schools are ok, perhaps Goucher College next to Baltimore?

    I do agree with the group that recommends keeping an open mind on the "religious" schools as that provides many options. If you can squeeze a tour in, your S might be surprised to find it more than palatable. (we toured two and they both had atheist tour guides who spoke fondly of their experience and looked upon it as an opportunity to learn about others and, more importantly, themselves).

    Speaking of tours, my S was also pretty unmotivated until we toured our first school with some friends. The light bulb really went on and has made a lot of difference.
  • amom2girlsamom2girls Registered User Posts: 127 Junior Member
    We loved the dance program at Goucher but it was too small and felt too isolated to my daughter (though it would be a great fit for my younger daughter;) Your son may like that it has no greek life and less parties. We are going to take a look at Towson, which is larger.
  • persimmonypersimmony Registered User Posts: 45 Junior Member
    @chippedtoof @amom2girls I was totally planning to take him to see Goucher before he said he preferred urban, but he said he doesn't like Baltimore, mysteriously. Not that it's actually in Baltimore. We've already been on a bunch of tours and it didn't seem to make him more motivated. Yeah, I'm sure there are many religious-affiliated schools that aren't actually religious in every day practice. Just think it would be a harder sell for him.
  • amom2girlsamom2girls Registered User Posts: 127 Junior Member
    @persimmony I totally understand the religious school issues. They are not for everyone. I just wanted to throw it out there, just in case;)
  • rwmannesqrwmannesq Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    Was catching up w/ work after being out so much last couple of workdays.

    @persimmony: Hi, and that's very generous of you. Thanks! I'll be sure to let my son know you're a resource and see if he has any questions. He took a digital animation course this summer at a local CC and loved it. Last year he took a drawing course there and loved that, too. Had one art class as HS Sophomore and is signed up for 2 art classes this Senior year. It'd be great if he could get into such a field, I think.
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 13,544 Senior Member
    @persimmony I recommend U of Denver. Urban, but a true campus. Not too hot (although Florida isn't that bad in the months that are the traditional school year). Also, the U of Utah. Smaller than most flagships, and a big gaming design program.
  • jcmom716jcmom716 Registered User Posts: 275 Junior Member
    @persimmony Not sure of musical options, but two others schools to possibly consider would be Muhlenberg and Wooster. Both could be matches and while not in the middle of a city, they don't feel rural either. My son who is more laid-back liked the vibe he got at both. Also Butler in Indianapolis has about 4,000 undergrads and the city is within a few miles.
  • chippedtoofchippedtoof Registered User Posts: 131 Junior Member
    School's starting next week, and son picked up some of his books. I liked the summer readings he was given for english, etc, but now that I see the totality of his classes and the material... I'm getting nervous. His school limits students to a max of 3 (AP + honors) at any given time; this is the first time he'll be up against that limit. (Previously, we were at 2 or less). I hope he can keep things under control. It would hurt to lose opportunities due to gpa in the last semester.
  • MACmiracleMACmiracle Registered User Posts: 755 Member
    @chippedtoof I hear ya. D20 got a mountain of summer reading for AP Language and honors US history, which leads into APUSH next year. She's barely made a dent and I'm getting stressed. She has diagnosed visual issues which make reading hard and I don't know how this is going to turn out.

    Our high school doesn't have a ton of APs and this is the first time sophomores can take this sequence. I sort of have my doubts about the wisdom about it, even though it seems a lot of schools are doing it.
  • lr4550lr4550 Registered User Posts: 849 Member
    I'd also recommend taking a closer look at Lawrence in Appleton, WI. Not in an urban metropolis but definitely not rural or isolated in any way. Good merit, strong academics, great music program.
  • svcamomsvcamom Registered User Posts: 133 Junior Member
    @rwmannesq , check out Woodbury University in Burbank,Ca. It is a private university of Business Administration and animation/ graphic design.
  • 1822mom1822mom Registered User Posts: 235 Junior Member
    Chiming in from the other thread, forgive me my D doesn't fit this one but I follow it because all her schools do, they are CTCL and similar profiles.

    I wanted to throw a dark horse into the mix for you @persimmony University of Puget Sound. Other than its west coast location it checks a lot of your boxes. My D has similar location constraints, though we are on the west coast, and I ultimately convinced her that merely applying to 2 schools that are farther than she wants to go does not commit her to going there. It just gives her more time to consider the idea. And she is only doing it with 2 schools that seem on paper to be perfect fits aside from distance from home.

    Also don't stress about his level of involvement or activities. It is what it is and my D is much the same. I had to avert my eyes from a recent discussion about how to squeeze all the activities/awards into the 10 slots common app gives you. That is not a problem we'll be having here! :)) More like how do I stretch limited involvement to fill all 10 slots? Lol. But I'm through worrying about it. She's a good kid, any college would be lucky to have her as a part of their community. I think they'll see it, but if they don't she's got some safeties that only look at stats and she'll go where she's wanted ;)

    Sorry got a little soapboxy there at the end! Resume normal thread activities...
  • rwmannesqrwmannesq Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    @svcamom: I had never heard of this school. Quick review and it's very interesting. Thanks for the tip!
  • rwmannesqrwmannesq Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    Ughhh. It is the beginning of the end for us! Today is "pick up books" day for S18. School starts back Monday. I thought I was ready. It's getting real.... ~O)
  • labegglabegg Registered User Posts: 1,438 Senior Member
    Schedule pick up for DD today at 4pm. My fingers are crossed that it will be correct and not need adjusting! They don't head back until the 21st.
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