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Does MIT have a feeder school?

liddykarterliddykarter Posts: 1Registered User New Member
If you want to go to MIT is there a particular high school you should try to attend or a particular course of study you should undertake?
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Replies to: Does MIT have a feeder school?

  • amarkovamarkov Posts: 2,288Registered User Senior Member
    You should take as many math and science courses as you can. Although if you didn't plan on doing that anyway, you're probably not a good fit for MIT.
  • InfiniteIceInfiniteIce Posts: 11Registered User New Member
    There are several colleges which are "feeder" schools for Ivy League-level colleges: Stuyvesant, Boston Latin, Brooklyn Science, Brearly School, Spence School, Harvard-Westlake, Lowell High School, Saint Ann's, Andover


    I'm not sure about just MIT
  • juilletjuillet Posts: 5,880Super Moderator Senior Member
    I think InfiniteIce means Brooklyn Tech (Brooklyn Technical High School), which you can only attend if you are a resident of New York City. Stuyvesant and Bronx Science are the other two original specialized high schools that you can only attend if you are a New York City resident.

    Exeter's another top high school, Boston MATCH perhaps another.

    I think the important thing to remember is that theoretically, you can get into MIT from any high school, public or private. These schools have high numbers of accepted students into top universities because they are well-funded and resourced, and therefore offer tons of rigorous classes and interesting extracurricular activities; they attract the best teachers, administrators, and parapropfessionals; and because the names are readily recognized by universities. In addition to that, they have a biased pool of students - for the specialized high schools, for example, you have to take the SHSAT to be considered. Out of the 26,000 eighth graders who take it each year, 700 are admitted to Bronx Science, with probably comparable numbers at the other schools (they don't say). Even if we assumed 1000 at the two other schools, that's still a rate of 10%, which is on par with the most competitive universities in the U.S.

    Students at specialized public high schools and private high schools are also disproportionately more likely to be white and Asian, to come from upper-middle-class and rich families, to have gone to great elementary and junior high schools (sometimes also private), and to have college-educated parents and extended families. All of those factors also combine to give the high schools their high acceptance rates to top colleges (with the exception of Boston MATCH, which caters to high-risk students). These are students who generally speaking already have all of the advantages of life, and are just further sharpened by attending these special high schools; however, they probably would've been successful even if they went somewhere else.
  • hahalolkhahalolk Posts: 1,757Registered User Senior Member
    My school is "almost" a feeder school. It's just a district wide public school. Nothing competitive or fancy about it. The only thing you need to do is take the AP science classes, AP Calc BC, get As in them, and have a good SAT/ACT
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