Stats great... except SSAT....
How much will an 80% SSAT affect my chances at top boarding schools if I am just a bad standardized test taker?
I am applying to: Exeter, Andover, Milton, St. Pauls, Deerfield, and Lville.
Could I still possibly get into GLADCHEMS schools with the following stats:
(Attended Best Public Middle School in the try-state area, very rigorous academics)
8th Grade: (everything honors)
Algebra 2: A
History (US His)- A+
Physical Science- A
Spanish 1- A
Research Skills (mandatory)- A+
9th Grade (so far)-
(class rank - 1st out of 267)
Precalculus Honors- A+
English 1- A+
Biology 1 Honors- A+
Spanish 2- A+
World History Honors- A+
Study Hall/Organization- (freshman mandatory class) A+
-Model UN- 2 Years, Captain
-Speech & Debate Congress- First Year
-JV Field Hockey- 2 Years
-Writing Group/ Literary Magazine- 6 Years (Editor)
-Reading Olympics- 2 Years (Captain 2nd Year)
-Class Secretary- 8th Grade
-Environmental Engineers Club- 1 Year (Treasurer/Secretary) One of Founding Members
-100 Hours of Community Service each year past two years
-Volunteered at LIFE (living independently for elders at the University of Pennsylvania) last summer doing stroke group and art therapy with seniors.
-Raised hundreds of dollars for MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) and volunteered often.
-"Art Award" at graduation eighth grade, full scholarship for summer class at Moore College of Art and Design.
-Have written many novels (sections published in our Literary Magazine), was invited to read at the "Mount Airy Children's Literary Festival" in April.
I am applying to BS because the public school I am going to now is not challenging me (Just moved and there is only one high school for the whole city) and I would love the experience. Also, I think I would be able to strive in the environment of a boarding school where everyone is academically motivated. I have visited a few schools and fell in love with the people, place and overall sensation. But, I need some financial aid. I do live in a part of the south that is very unrepresented in New England boarding schools though.
Great math recommendation (I am pretty sure- I topped the class first sem.)
-Good-Great English Rec. (Got 98-100 every sem. last year)
-Great extracurricular rec's (From my model UN coach and writing teacher/lit mag teacher)
-Essays all pretty good, a few great, a few above average. You know.
*Andover and Exeter interviews went very well.
*SPS went well, it was Skype so I can not compare well to others.
*Deerfield's was different with an (interesting) alumni
*Lville's was okay, not sure the woman mostly wanted to talk about the school which was fine.
*Milton's is scheduled.
Two of my poems were published last month in a literary magazine. All of my interviewers seemed impressed and said they would make a special note of it in my file.
I am one of the founding members of a new QUIDDITCH team at my school!