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Transferring Junior Year: Will It Affect My College Applications?

JSWAGinthehouseJSWAGinthehouse Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
Hi! Ever since last year, I've been considering transferring high schools starting 11th Grade. Where I'm from (Philippines), High School is divided into two parts: Junior High and Senior High. The former corresponding to Grades 7-10 while the latter referring to Grades 11-12. The K-12 system was only implemented quite recently so the existing Senior High at my school is only 2 years old. Because of this, I'm unsure of how rigorous the academics is or what the education quality is like. This is a reason why I know some students from my school opt to transfer for Grade 11.

With my end goal in mind of studying abroad in the US, I'm having a really tough time choosing between staying in my current school or transferring. My current school is a private, all-girls, Catholic institution with around only 100 students in my batch/level/class. I belong to the top 10% of my class and hold several leadership positions. I've also already formed close relationships with my teachers which could play a factor in the writing of my recommendation letters. It also has a really good reputation in my country. The reason why I want to transfer is because I feel the academics, while extremely difficult, is not enough to prepare me for college. Also, the environment has been feeling quite boring and slow-paced in my school.

The two other options I've been exploring (besides remaining in my school) are either transferring to a Senior High program in an established university here in the Philippines or moving to a small international school (which has AP classes). I feel both would challenge me a lot more than my current school. However, I'd lose all my leadership positions and would have to adjust academically and socially. I would say I adapt quick but I can never know for sure without experiencing the difference. When I apply for colleges in the US, would it seem odd that I transferred for Grade 11? What other pros and cons should I consider before making my decision of staying or transferring? If I do transfer, what difficulties will I face when applying? Do you have any advice for people in my situation? However, if I do end up transferring, what should I do to make sure I stay consistent holistically and stand out in my application? Do you think moving will jeopardize having good grades? Thanks so much!

Jamie xx

Replies to: Transferring Junior Year: Will It Affect My College Applications?

  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 12,210 Forum Champion
    Preparing yourself for college is a good reason to transfer.
    How do you know the academics don't prepare you for college? Have other students not gone to college? Have they gone and dropped out?

    How do the students at the other schools do? What % go to college and graduate?

    Where are you thinking about going to college? Philippines? USA?
  • JSWAGinthehouseJSWAGinthehouse Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    A lot of graduating students from my school go off to top universities here in the Philippines (two of the recent graduating class have been accepted into the Ivy League). I'm unsure though of the standard comparison between colleges here and in the States. In the school I'm aiming to transfer to, a lot of them go off to college in USA (even having accepted into the Ivy League) and it is an international school. I'm planning on attending college in the USA.
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