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High Schools with highest percent National Merit

GtrGtr Posts: 46Registered User Junior Member
Please post your high school name, state, % national merit (national merit, class size)
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Replies to: High Schools with highest percent National Merit

  • ArachnotronArachnotron Posts: 1,761Registered User Senior Member
    Salem High School, NH: National Merit Finalists 0.192% (1, 521)

    We suck, but I rock.
  • J'adoubeJ'adoube Posts: 2,044Registered User Senior Member
    Aren't you losing your anonymity for the sake of vanity?
  • An0malyAn0maly Posts: 2,680Super Moderator Senior Member
    Oh my god that's insane. 1521 finalists? I wouldn't even dream of that many. The top private schools in my region have like 10-15 finalists.
  • GtrGtr Posts: 46Registered User Junior Member
    I think the response was 1 national merit in a class of 521.

    Also, I agree, we should modify the reponse to exclude the name of the school, just include the state (and town if you wish). Just trying to get a feel for what is the highest percent national merit nominees at the more competitive schools.
  • grayfalcon89grayfalcon89 Posts: 490Registered User Member
    I didn't look it up, but I'm guessing TJHSST, Stuyvesant, AASt, and Philips Exeter should be up there?
  • FauxNomFauxNom Posts: 1,220Registered User Senior Member
    There's a private school in WA with a class size about 130; of a given class, about 25-30% will get semifinalist and about 25-30% commended. Usual total of the 2 is around 50-55%.
  • J'adoubeJ'adoube Posts: 2,044Registered User Senior Member
    Try Thomas Jefferson in Alexandria, Virginia. Hold on to your seat when you see their numbers.
  • ignatiusignatius Posts: 2,136Registered User Senior Member
    St. John's School - Houston

    Class of 2009 - 135 students

    NMSF 40
    Commended 41

    % 60

    (Though Class of 2006 with 136 students had 56 NMSF and 50 Commended - 78%)
  • mt7mt7 Posts: 76Registered User Junior Member
    Private school in New York- about 40-50 % of the class is commended.

    I'm not sure how many are semi-finalists.
  • KnowitsomeKnowitsome Posts: 280Registered User Junior Member
    In Madison, WI, there are four public high schools with about 500 seniors each. This year (which is typical), both Memorial and West had 26 semifinalists. That's about 1/6 of the entire state's allocation. Memorial had 8 winners of the NMSC $2500 scholarships, while West had another 4. Not too many public schools with that many high achievers.
  • slisenbergerslisenberger Posts: 72Registered User Junior Member
    I go to a NM school with a class size of about 900, and two people got letters of at least commended. I have a score that will get semifinalist (according to last year's numbers), and she probably will be commended.

    .0011% semifinalists
    .0022% commended or better.

    ouch.
  • MontegutMontegut Posts: 5,868Registered User Senior Member
    Jesuit High School New Orleans has an amazing rate of NMSFs. More in the one school than the whole state of Mississippi.
  • MontegutMontegut Posts: 5,868Registered User Senior Member
    A nearby public high school has the senior picture of their NMF painted on the side of the building, visible for all to see from the highway.

    To me, that beats all the numbers any school has.

    How wonderful to see the pride that school shows in this wonderful young lady.

    Hope she can be an example to students present and future.
  • fireflyscoutfireflyscout Posts: 5,355Registered User Senior Member
    My daughter's high school gave NMSFs a yard sign. Usually it's athletics and fine arts that have yard signs around here, so it was nice to see something academic get recognized. Daughter, of course, thought they should have just given her a sign with "NERD" in huge letters (but she wants us to keep the sign anyway).
  • AnkhAnkh Posts: 16Registered User New Member
    Lexington, MA
    Class of 500, 195 commended or national merit semifinalist+
    = 39%
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