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Where are the top 10 students from your (or your child's) high school going to?


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  • tutumom2001tutumom2001 1218 replies3 threads Senior Member
    @CottonTales D's school had an honors convocation ceremony that included inductions into the Cum Laude Society. So when you know who was inducted and see them in their sweatshirts, it doesn't take much to put two-and-two together. The Future Yalie is one of those kids who made perfect grades, perfect test scores, and is perfectly involved without being one of those nerdy academic drone types. He will do well at Yale.
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  • ChrchillChrchill 1004 replies25 threads Senior Member
    Stanford (always one recruited athlete, Yale, Uchicago, Columbia and Penn
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  • toowonderfultoowonderful 4077 replies68 threads Senior Member
    At the school where I teach: suburban public- ranked in top 10 HSs in state (Ohio).

    Ohio State - multiple, at least 4 of top 10

    Many of these students applied for Ivies, or for other selective schools (Vandy, Michigan, UCLA etc are ones that jump to mind). And there were many admissions - but in the end, a LOT of our high achieving kids end up at OSU b/c the $$ (both instate tuition and merit) make it attractive. Plus, if they plan to stay in OH, there is strong alumni support.

    What funny about it (to me) is that when I graduated from HS in 1987.... OSU was the ultimate backup school....b/c they took anyone (from OH anyway). It has taken me YEARS to (not entirely successfully) adjust my mental image of the school as selective.
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  • Ballerina016Ballerina016 1622 replies69 threads Senior Member
    Small public school. Nobody got into Stanford. Top students attending Princeton, Brown, MIT. About 35 attending UCLA and UCB. Few are in USC on scholarships.
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  • warbrainwarbrain 693 replies23 threads Member
    Just to keep things in perspective, there are around 35,000 high schools in the US, and only around 14,000 spots in the freshman classes of all eight Ivies, many of which go to international students. The majority of high schools do not send anyone to Ivy League schools. (I only chose Ivies because I had that number handy, but I'm sure the same is true if you add in other selective schools).

    On the other hand, the yield rates at the most selective schools are so high that there can't be very many people turning down acceptances. Most likely, students at schools that don't send anyone to top colleges are either not applying, or are applying and getting rejected.
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  • LuckyCharms913LuckyCharms913 1105 replies15 threads Senior Member
    My kids' school (public, quite good but certainly not among the top schools in PA), has an end-of-year awards ceremony with multiple awards for electives like Art, Wood Shop, Music, some athletic awards, ROTC commissions, as well as "Highest Average" in each specific subject. At the end, they hand out the last issue of the school newspaper with photos of the top ten (weighted GPA) students and their college choices, and a list of all graduates and their plans (school, military, employment). Haven't seen this year's yet (another few weeks to go), but DD's top 10 from 2015 included these decisions :
    Penn State Schreyers' Honors College (3) -- one has since transferred to Penn (Wharton)
    Drexel BA/BS/MD program
    U Vermont
    There was also a student headed for Harvard (recruited athlete, probably top 10% rather than top 10).
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  • YnotgoYnotgo 3881 replies58 threads Senior Member
    It's all very hush-hush at our school except for the recruited athletes, who get their pictures in the paper.
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  • MSHopefulMSHopeful 403 replies3 threads Member
    I have no idea who the top 10 are or where they are going. My daughter is 35 out of 357 and is going to Columbia. I know a couple of recruited athletes; one going to Duke, the other to UofOregon. Among her close friends they are going to Whittier, Northwestern, George Washington, and CSLB. My daughter said a ton of kids are going to Cal States. There are probably many also going to UCs. This is a CA public with a high percentage of low income students. A lot go to the local community colleges also. We live about 10 mins from Cal and commutable to at least 3-4 Cal States depending on how far someone is willing to drive. A lot of kids stay in state. Last year her school had one NMF and she went to UChicago. This year the school has no NMFs.
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  • 1d51jklad11d51jklad1 88 replies7 threads Junior Member
    Elite CA public high school.

    Can't make distinctions between 10 individual kids in a class of ~500, but amongst the top 10% it was something along the lines of: Cal (~20), Stanford (~15), MIT (7), UChicago (3), Columbia (3), HYP (2 apiece).

    Geographic bias plays a big role. We don't send a ton of kids to Cornell/Penn/Brown/Dartmouth/Duke/Northwestern; generally those who get in opt to go to Cal instead for half the price + to stay in CA. Stanford wins pretty much every cross admit battle with HYPM.
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  • colfac92colfac92 374 replies6 threads Member
    From our public high school, graduating cohort of around 330-350, class of 2016 top 10 as published in our local paper last June (so class of 2017 list is not out yet):

    1 - Cornell
    2 - Univ. of State
    3 - Univ. of State
    4 - Univ. of State
    5 - UMass Amherst
    6 - Smith
    7 - Notre Dame
    8 - RPI
    9 - Clarkson
    10 - Wellesley

    For the class of 2017, I gather that the val will be going to Colby and another top student is going to Boston College.
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  • JHSJHS 18503 replies72 threads Senior Member
    My kids each had two classes -- the urban public academic magnet (~550/class) from which they graduated, and the elite private (~95/class) where they went for a long time. At the former, ranks and college matriculations were very public. At the latter, there were no ranks, but the top 6-7 kids were pretty obvious. These were all about 10 years ago. In descending rank order (subjective for the private school) except for multiples.

    Public #1: Harvard (2), Penn St. (Schreyer), Yale, Brown, Nowhere (applied only to Brown and Swarthmore; took a gap year, reapplied to many different colleges, and wound up going to Smith), Penn (3, 2 Wharton 1 CAS), Swarthmore.

    Private #1: Stanford (3), Princeton, Columbia, Yale, Penn (2), Carleton.

    Public #2: Temple (full tuition merit), Smith (full tuition merit), Penn (3, 2 Wharton, 1 CEAS), Yale, UChicago, Harvard, Brown, Brandeis.

    Private #2: Wesleyan, Brown, Harvard, Yale, Williams, Princeton, Cornell.
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  • RightCoasterRightCoaster 2930 replies4 threads Senior Member
    I don't know the top 10 kids, but from a central MA public with 350 kids per clas;

    Stanford, MIT, Olin, Harvard, Berkeley, Tufts, and multiple kids into RPI, Northeastern,BC, BU, WPI etc. There are certainly other fine schools I'm not aware of. Pretty good group of kids.

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  • youceeyoucee 1312 replies0 threads Senior Member
    Large public HS, approximately 700 kids in graduating class. Kids post acceptances on a public site, so nothing is hidden unless they don't post. No class ranking. This class fared a lot better at Stanford and slightly better at Ivies than recent years. Numbers from acceptances posted so far:

    7 - Stanford
    3 - MIT
    4 - Princeton
    4 - Yale
    4 - Cornell
    3 - Penn
    1 - Caltech, 3 other Ivies

    25+ - Berkeley
    ~15 - UCLA, USC
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  • baltimoreguybaltimoreguy 274 replies16 threads Junior Member
    Small all-boys private in Baltimore, 83 graduates last year. Don't know top 10, but the 2016 grads who were inducted into cum laude as juniors ended up at:
    Cornell (2)
    Alabama (full ride)
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  • cobratcobrat 12207 replies78 threads Senior Member
    @cobrat -

    Did you go to Science? I can't think of too many other schools that would have sent 20 plus students to more than one Ivy.

    I attended its main rival. :)
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  • planner03planner03 1335 replies24 threads Senior Member
    2015 but it was a banner year-doesn't get any better at our school: Princeton (only a few Ivy acceptances per decade) University of Rochester, Hamilton, SUNY Buffalo, Keuka College, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Binghamton, and RIT.

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  • CU123CU123 3724 replies77 threads Senior Member
    As the OP try to stay with matriculations, not acceptances, since it confuses the numbers with students with multiple acceptances.
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  • cobratcobrat 12207 replies78 threads Senior Member
    As the OP try to stay with matriculations, not acceptances, since it confuses the numbers with students with multiple acceptances.

    At my public magnet when I attended, acceptances/enrollments to Ivy/peer elite schools were nearly synonymous due to strict limits on applying to more than 8 colleges, mandate that one application must be to colleges in the state/local public school system, restrictions on how many of them could be reaches(Very few students except those at the very top were allowed to apply to 8 Ivies/peer elite colleges by GCs), and as most students were working-lower-middle class....nearly all who weren't upper-east siders received generous amounts(including practical free-rides of FA and/or outside scholarships.

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  • supercilioussupercilious 287 replies54 threads Member
    Large (~500/class) suburban public in northeastern MA. Don't know who the top ten are, but people are matriculating at Harvard (1), Princeton (1—me!), UChicago (3), Duke (1), Brown (1), Dartmouth (2), Cornell (4?), Caltech (1), Washington University in St. Louis (2), Georgetown (1), Carnegie Mellon (1+), UCB (1), Johns Hopkins (1), Wellesley (1), Tufts, Boston College, NYU, and UMich (a lot of people).
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  • youceeyoucee 1312 replies0 threads Senior Member
    In post #53, when I wrote acceptances I meant acceptance of the offer of admission (i.e where they are going).
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