I am just wondering if a student with perfect scores is in a good position to get in to one of 9 top schools so much that no normal safety is needed. I am just worried about all these kids around me who don't seem to be making good decisions. That student needs financial aid but I think that won't be a problem at those schools, if she does get in. My concern is that when all the schools except one (and that one isn't a meets full need school) have all very low acceptance rates, even a great score is no guarantee.
Another student was talking just about applying to the state flagship school after not gaining acceptance to a military academy because of medical issues. The problem could be that said flagship tends to accepts a limited amount of kids from our area and they tend to have very high stats.
Then I meet parents who have no clue whatsoever about how school financing works. Many of us parents who have been there before do try to warn people but so many don't listen.
I just am dreading to hear about disappointments in the Spring.