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What are my chances of getting into Lawrenceville?

Stargirl222Stargirl222 22 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
Hello everyone,
I am a female from Kazakhstan and am applying for 10th grade to several schools, but my top choice is Lawrenceville.
I speak english and russian fluently, I’m pretty good at french and am also learning kazakh.

My school grades are:
English A-
Maths A
Physics A
Chemistry A+
Geography A+
Biology A
PE A
Kazakh B+
French A
I am doing maths 2 years ahead (currently doing calculus for grade 11/12)
And french and english 1 year ahead.
My ssat score was 87 percentile, and I got an 800 in maths.

My extracurriculars are:
Soccer team
Basketball team (captain)
Volleyball team
Tennis
Maths olympiad team (have a few awards)
Piano
Duke of Edinburgh award (bronze level)
Sport captain for my house

I’m also really into STEM and I’ve passed an online course in astrophysics from Harvard.
My recommendations are very strong.
I’m really anxious about my decisions, I’m not sure if I’ll get in or not.
These are all the schools I applied to:
Lawrenceville
Andover
Deerfield
Milton
Cranbrook
Loomis Chaffee
Peddie
Taft
NMH

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  • Stargirl222Stargirl222 22 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    Oh and I also received an award in geography, pe, english and history last year between all my peers. I also got a commendation award in a geogrpahy competition which was help by the royal geographical society in the UK. And I do a bit of community service, not much though.
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  • Stargirl222Stargirl222 22 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    And just to add, I go to british school and we don’t have GPAs, honours, merits and all those things that are mentioned in the other posts. My school isn’t that big and I don’t have much opportunities to do professional sports or join impressive clubs. Thought this might clear things up.
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  • Stargirl222Stargirl222 22 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    Anyone? I dont mind if its harsh, i just need to understand my chances
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  • gardenstategalgardenstategal 5379 replies10 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5,389 Senior Member
    Will you need financial aid?
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  • Stargirl222Stargirl222 22 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    @gardenstategal no, I will not need FA
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  • gardenstategalgardenstategal 5379 replies10 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5,389 Senior Member
    I think you will have options in March.

    Harder to say if L'ville will be one of them. I have regularly been surprised at who gets in and who does not there, and it seems to come down very much to institutional priorities. If they are trying to diversify their international population, that could help.

    You should definitely search these forums and read some of the feedback on the STEM program if that's your interest.

    Overall, though, I think you have a better than 50/50 shot.
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  • Stargirl222Stargirl222 22 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    @gardenstategal which schools do you think I have a chance in getting into? Which ones do u think I’m likely to get accepted?
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  • Stargirl222Stargirl222 22 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    @gardenstategal and also, what do u mean by institutional priorities?
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  • gardenstategalgardenstategal 5379 replies10 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5,389 Senior Member
    Institutional priorities include things like kids for sports teams (top recruits), legacy kids, especially from big donor families, racial diversity, etc. You aren't these. But if they want more international students from countries that aren't well represented, you could be that.

    It varies from school to school year by year. So nobody can say. On paper, there's no reason to not accept you. But the school needs to choose you to fill out its class the way they want, and none of us can weigh in on that. We also didn't see your interview or read your essays.

    I don't want to opine on various schools. But I think you will have options.
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  • CC4lifeCC4life 241 replies10 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 251 Junior Member
    edited February 16
    @Stargirl22 I think you will definitely have options on M9, however, I would say that being involved in 4 different sports will come off as a concern to AOs as it is literally impossible to be heavily involved in all 4 sports. This will eventually lead to the question of what your true interests are in athletics. Coming from Kazakhstan will definitely help, however, since it seems like you go to a British school you will likely be placed in the British pool of applicants which, in my experience, tends to be a much larger pool than other sections of the international pool. In regards to Lawrenceville specifically, I agree with @gardenstategal in that their typical admissions decisions vastly differ from other boarding schools. For example, it is not uncommon to see M9 decisions where students will get accepted to several schools such as ex: Andover, Exeter, Milton, Choate, etc., but could be flat out rejected from Lawrenceville or, on the other hand, students may get rejected at schools like Kent and Loomis and accepted to L'ville. This shows many of us that they typically have different admissions criteria than most NE boarding schools. (This is just in my experience learning about family, friends, and counselors experience with Lawrenceville and other prep schools.) Ultimately, any school with an acceptance rate in the 10-20 percent range is highly selective and it is really impossible for us to tell you which schools you will be accepted to. However, based on the information you have provided, I would say you have very good chances. I hope this helps, and make sure to comment back on M9 with your results. Good Luck!
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  • Stargirl222Stargirl222 22 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    @CC4life thank you so much, it was really helpful. In my lville interview, he was teally impressed with how many sports I do, is this a good sign? Also, do u think I’ll get accepted to Peddie or deerfield?
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  • CC4lifeCC4life 241 replies10 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 251 Junior Member
    edited February 16
    @Stargirl222 Oh if he was impressed then that is a good sign, but again don't read to much into interviews I made that mistake last year and thought I would have several options and got waitlisted at literally every school I applied to. I think Peddie is a school that you will definitely have a strong chance at just based off their acceptance rate and large percentage of day students which means they will constantly be looking for geographic diversity (particularly international diversity). Do you have dual citizenship by any chance because that will greatly improve your chances? Deerfield is again, a much more selective school, but I still think you have the criteria that could get you accepted, again it COULD, but that doesn't necessarily mean it WILL.

    On another note, I saw that you are applying to Milton and came across this interview with an AO (actually the same one that interviewed me) and I found it incredibly helpful for both Admissions at Milton, but also at selective boarding schools in general, here is the link:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz5C6p7S8rY (Part 1 of 2)

    Were you by any chance in touch with the coaches or music teachers at any of the schools? and if you were, did you send them a "demo reel" for piano or for sports?
    edited February 16
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  • Stargirl222Stargirl222 22 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    @CC4life thank you sooooo much! What does AO mean?
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  • Stargirl222Stargirl222 22 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    I was in contact with a basketball coach from NMH, but that’s my safety school (I think). Otherwise, I haven’t been in touch with anyone else, but I did send a link to every school of me playing the piano, playing soccer, basketball, tennis and acrobatics (i usef to do it) @CC4life
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  • Stargirl222Stargirl222 22 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    @CC4life will it help if I ask the schools to send me the contacts of the coaches?
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