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Chance me?

alison914alison914 Posts: 5Registered User New Member
edited December 2012 in Prep School Chances
Hi, I'm an eighth grader applying for ninth at various boarding schools. Lately I've been getting a little nervous about being accepted so it'd be great if others could tell me their honest opinions.
I'm applying for these schools:
Blair Academy
Exeter
Andover
Possibly Kent and SPS

Grades:
All As on report cards throughout 6th and 7th. The marking period hasn't ended yet for 8th but so far I have all 95%+.

Classes:
Accelerated math, reading, LA
Taking an Enrichment/Gifted and Talented class

Recommendations:
My LA/Reading and Math teachers both like me so I think these will be good.

Extracurriculars:
Piano for eight years. My piano teacher just recently passed away. :(
Cello for four years - I am first cello in the school orchestra and the school's select orchestra and got a private teacher around May.
Soccer - I've been playing rec soccer since about second grade but I joined a travel team this past year.
Art - I've won several art competitions. This is one of my biggest passions.
Chinese - My mom is from China and I've been learning Mandarin for about 2 1/2 years.
Horseback riding - This is mostly just for fun but I love horses and have been riding for 2 or 3 years.

SSAT:
I just took it and think I did pretty good (at least 90%ile) but I'm taking it again in December.

Thanks so much for your comments, they're greatly appreciated!
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Replies to: Chance me?

  • SevenDadSevenDad Posts: 2,413Registered User Senior Member
    I hardly ever comment on "Chance Me" threads because I think they are pointless. But here goes...

    Great stats and your cello skills/experience will be a good hook for any school looking to beef up that section of their orchestra.

    That said, you are by your own disclosure at least half Asian and a girl...which I've been told is a VERY competitive applicant pool (I say this as the Asian father of a daughter who is currently at BS.) If you need FA, it'll be even more competitive.

    One last thought I offer is this: You are wise to have Kent and Blair on your list in addition to A&E. Be sure that you are just as excited to attend those schools as A&E. While it may be too late to add any schools to your mix, you may want to consider a an all-girls school like Emma Willard or Miss Porter's to the list (if you are open to a single-sex school).

    And there, I've gone a whole post without mentioning St. Andrew's. Oh, whoops!
  • alison914alison914 Posts: 5Registered User New Member
    @SevenDad: Thank you! I am half Asian and am aware that the competition is very tough. Blair is actually my top choice and my horse riding friend goes to Kent and recommended it. I will definitely consider those two schools. Again, thanks!
  • alison914alison914 Posts: 5Registered User New Member
    I'm not applying for FA either, forgot to include that.
  • alison914alison914 Posts: 5Registered User New Member
    I just got my SSAT scores and I scored a 93%ile. Sorry for adding all these replies, I'm not sure if there's a way to edit my original post.
  • alison914alison914 Posts: 5Registered User New Member
    >>>bump<<<
  • 24daffodils24daffodils Posts: 82Registered User Junior Member
    Alison, I'm glad to hear that Blair is your top choice. It ended up being DC's first choice as well after visiting, in a field of some outstanding schools which offered acceptances. DC is so happy to be there now.

    Please do a search for my recent write-ups on the board about Blair, or PM/email me and I'll be happy to share what I know. One thing I have been struck by is how often Blair is spoken of well by kids at other schools, even their arch-rival Peddie (yes laughalittle, your school Peddie is pretty terrific too :) )
  • laughalittlelaughalittle Posts: 560Registered User Member
    Haha 24daffidodils, thanks for the compliment!
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