I am 13, a girl, caucasian (dont know if this matters), and in 8th grade looking to apply for The Hill for ninth grade.
In sixth grade, I got all A's as far as I can remember. In seventh grade I got all A's in the first and second marking periods, but in the third my grades dropped due to some personal issues. I had a few B's and one C (the C was because a teacher lost my test and it was too late to correct my grade). In the fourth marking period, I had all A's and a B+ in math. This year, I have all A's so far, but obviously that could change.
I have also been in the gifted program since second grade and advanced math since it startred in fourth grade. I went to a summer camp for gifted students for about four summers in a row. Also I am in geometry now, and in all of the other schools I've looked at, I was two years ahead in math but I don't know if that is the case for the hill. My teacher recs should be pretty good, as most of my teachers like me.
My extracurriculars are:
Varsity tennis (two years)
JV Track (I was asked to do varsity, but I didn't have time)
Ski Club (I also ski and snowboard outside of school and I got a good medal in a NASTAR race)
I volunteer at an animal shelter in the summer
Photography (I have won multiple awards, including one against professional photographers)
I have been playing softball outside of school for five years
I think there are more but I can't think of them at the moment
I know my ec's are weak, but its because my school doesn't offer very many. Of the ones they do offer, you can only do a few because they overlap so much.
I am an avid reader, and have been reading a lot of classics lately. I am big on health, so I try to eat only local organic foods and I go to the gym almost every day. I also run long distance and have placed high in a lot of runs. I travel a lot, and recently I went to Zambia (in Africa). I saw a lot of poverty there, so I started a fundraiser with my grandma to help them. So far we have collected about $5k. I do a lot of cultural things around Philadelphia and New York (museums, art, festivals, etc..). I also do some other sports outside of school like surfing, rock climbing, and biking. I am also really interested in artsy things like fashion, makeup, interior design, music, and architecture. As of now, I want to major in business analytics, but I'm sure that will change
I took a practice SSAT and scored about a 90% in math, a 95% in reading comprehension, and an 82% in vocab. I know the vocab and math aren't great, and I'm studying really hard to try to improve them.
I also have a few questions:
Should I include why I had bad grades in the third marking period of seventh grade and how my teacher lost my test?
What are some other ec's I can do outside of school to help my application?
Are there any other good private boarding or day schools around Philadelphia area?
What of these things should I include in my application?
What math class do most freshmen take at the hill?
What are my chances of getting into the hill? Please be honest!