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How can you tell what your high school's reputation is with colleges?

shoboemomshoboemom Registered User Posts: 2,058 Senior Member
edited October 2012 in College Admissions
I have seen people post that they/their child attend a competitive college, or otherwise describe what they think its reputation is. How do they get this information?
Is there anyway to tell what colleges students from your high school have been accepted to in the past?
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Replies to: How can you tell what your high school's reputation is with colleges?

  • coola426coola426 Registered User Posts: 502 Member
    Naviance most likely, or average GPA and SAT scores.
  • T26E4T26E4 Registered User Posts: 24,274 Senior Member
    The individual's application is more important than any HS' reputation.
  • billythakidbillythakid Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    The rule of thumb is that if your child is not ranked #1 (or sometimes even if they are), they attend a competitive high school.
  • nyctemponyctempo Registered User Posts: 124 Junior Member
    If you need to ask whether or not it's a competitive high school, it's probably not a competitive high school.
  • rmldadrmldad Registered User Posts: 1,301 Senior Member
    A working definition of "competitive high school" is one that typically sends 100% of its senior class to four-year colleges and 10% or more to highly selective schools.

    If your high school only sends half its class to college, then being in the top 10% really means that you are only in the top 20% of college-bound seniors. Similarly, if your school only has one or two admissions annually to Ivies, then squeaking into the top 5% probably is not going to cut it.
  • bgmargatebgmargate - Posts: 156 Junior Member
    I don't believe what was said above is true.If it was than no urban public school would have a "good rep.".If your SAT/AP scores etc are good than where you go to HS is irrelevant.
  • SlitheyToveSlitheyTove Registered User Posts: 6,348 Senior Member
    Is there anyway to tell what colleges students from your high school have been accepted to in the past?

    If your high school doesn't have Naviance, you can just ask the counselors, and/or look at the school's profile. This is something that's sent out to colleges so that they can understand a student's application in the context of the high school. Profiles generally provide a list of where the previous year's (or two) graduates were accepted and/or attend.
  • zephyr15zephyr15 Registered User Posts: 2,298 Senior Member
    The absolute easiest way is to ask a local real estate broker what the reputation of the school district it. Won't work 100% of the time, but will probably be pretty close.
  • bgmargatebgmargate - Posts: 156 Junior Member
    My kids go to urban public high school. Freshman year 750 students sr. year 425. Half of the srs. don't go to college. This school sends multiple kids to the Ivy League every year. If you're in the top 10% of your class at this school you'll get into the best schools in the country irregardless of the riff-raff that comes with inner city schools.
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