My daughter applied and was accepted at a very competitive high school after two years at a different one. You have to apply and only about 20% are admitted. My daughter received her first B's ever at this school (but gee...they made her take an AP science class for which she had no prerequisite class at all because that is all they offered and econ at the college itself, since she had not yet taken high school econ at her home school).
Anyway...I'm now wondering if there is any advantage at all in going to one of these competitive schools for gifted kids (20% admittance rate), except for the absolute right to say that yes, you voluntarily undertook a very rigorous high school experience. Had she stayed at the home school, nothing below an A would have ever happened and she would have been at the very top, but would not have learned as much, I think.
Anyone else's son or daughter go to a school like this? I was a little concerned when she mentioned that one of the top students, who got straight A's and a 2385 on his SAT was rejected from all his top schools, and that she had heard that others had difficulty as well. :O Maybe the college guidance person isn't going to bat for them? Any thoughts on that or on these kind of schools, if you know anyone who has gone?