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


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

  • fun1234fun1234 422 replies2 threads Member
    edited May 2017
    Honestly I am not sure. This is as many as I know. 1st in the class North Eastern. 2nd in the class my son Rice Univerity. 3rd in the class Brown University. 4 in the class I am not sure though I know it is not a state college. 5th in the class University of Penn. It was interesting because the first in the class was a full pay student and chose the college that woud give a fair amount of money. He could of went to Notre Dame, his dad went there, but no money. They definately could of afforded it. The mom saved money and said he could go anywhere. He definately worked very hard in high school. I guess he wanted to follow his brother. It seems people don't want full pay as much anymore. the prices are so high now and getting worst. One lower place person got into Georgetown though could not afford it.
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  • UniformMomUniformMom 49 replies1 threads Junior Member
    In our HS, 7 out of the 10 are going to instate publics. I don't think it is a reflection of where they could get in, as much as taking the choice that was the most affordable for the quality.
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  • JpgranierJpgranier 1087 replies125 threads Senior Member
    edited May 2017
    Class of 32:

    1. UT Austin Computer Science (me !)
    2. UT Austin
    3. Austin College Pre Med
    4. Texas A&M
    5. Texas Tech
    6. Auburn
    7. Texas A&M
    8. Alabama
    9. UTD
    10. Local Community College

    Class of 2017 was very uncompetitive for some reason (no complaints!) last year we had students go to Harvard, Rice, GaTech, UCLA, UT, A&M and a few others I don't remember. Those where the notable top 10.
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  • EyeVeeeEyeVeee 673 replies7 threads Member
    edited May 2017
    It's interesting to see how some posters take this thread as either insulting, bragging, or otherwise none of our business. The point is none of it has any personal info attached and it's somewhat enlightening to find out what type of schools have which type of matriculations. The thread isn't about the individuals or their particular high school.
    You didn't ask about type of school when you started this thread, and that only ensures that the passive aggressive "I'm a great parent" feedback flows. Had you asked for type of school (public, private, boarding), state, size of graduating class, schools rejected for money reasons, anything more than a list of 10 names.....some interesting reading might have been available. Instead, you get the "I'm not sure about the class or our school, but my kid was 35th in their class and is going to Columbia".

    EDIT: For a school with more than a few dozen kids in the graduating class, there is little or no way anyone knows who the top 10 kids in the class are. What you're getting is a list of what the poster assumes are the top 10 kids based on the best 10 college names available.
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  • fragbotfragbot 274 replies1 threads Junior Member
    University of Washington
    One of the Claremont Colleges (usually Pomona)
    University of Southern California
    Stanford gets the most applications but I don't think anyone was admitted.

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  • PurpleTitanPurpleTitan 13061 replies29 threads Senior Member
    edited May 2017
    "It seems people don't want full pay as much anymore. the prices are so high now and getting worst."

    Very true. At my public magnet (where there are a lot of middle-class and upper-middle-class and some lower-SES but almost no one truly rich because those folks wouldn't care about private HS costs), there are fewer going to Ivies/equivalents now than 20 years ago.
    However, not only have the elite privates become harder to get in to but full-pay now means $100K rather than $280K total and while Vandy and CRWU still give out substantial merit scholarships, big scholarships at the Ivy-equivalents have been cut back or are much harder to get now. Back then, I knew 3 guys (just among folks I knew) who went to UChicago/JHU on full-tuition scholarships. They were impressive and have gone on to do impressive things, but nothing like what some of the kids you read about on CC have done. These days, they'd probably only pull full-tuition scholarships from Vandy/WashU.
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  • HazeGreyHazeGrey 245 replies4 threads Junior Member
    @EyeVeee If the school has some kind of academic honor society that only ten kids get into and all ten of those kids are either NM SF or commended, then I think someone could be pretty darn close.
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  • NJWrestlingmomNJWrestlingmom 1564 replies2 threads Senior Member
    We have 250 in our senior class and I know pretty all the top 20 - it's not that hard. And I know more than I want about #1 thanks to mom posting every acceptable, along with the merit letter, on Facebook!!! She forgot to post when the rejection from Swarthmore came, though. LOL It is what it is. I get it to an extent - they worked hard, parents are proud. I think it's an interesting post to see how many chose publics schools - our school, while not one of the best, seems to have a definite snub to the state schools. (My son is going to a state school, my alma mater!).
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  • saillakeeriesaillakeerie 2468 replies0 threads Senior Member
    edited May 2017
    I don't think it is a reflection of where they could get in, as much as taking the choice that was the most affordable for the quality.
    At many, if not most, schools, the Top 10 students are going to go to "name brand", selective colleges.

    From what I have seen (and heard from friends in other school districts), increasing numbers of top ranked kids at various highly ranked school districts are choosing in-state flagships or schools with high merit aid. So the top statement is more the trend (from what I have seen). The second statement is still true at some schools but again from what I have seen, the trend is for that to be true at fewer schools.
    For a school with more than a few dozen kids in the graduating class, there is little or no way anyone knows who the top 10 kids in the class are. What you're getting is a list of what the poster assumes are the top 10 kids based on the best 10 college names available.

    This will vary by school. At my kids' school (350+ kids in each class), top 10 kids in each class are announced (alphabetically not by rank). I know of several other schools (similar size or large) who do something similar (some publicly announce rankings down to top 20 or 30.
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  • pantha33mpantha33m 249 replies9 threads Junior Member
    @saillakeerie I should have been more specific. In many states the in-state flagship (or honors college thereof) IS a or the name brand. Thanks for helping me clarify.
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  • 2mrmagoo2mrmagoo 292 replies16 threads Member
    fragbot, I am 100% sure that is not Lakeside. Lakeside's list will likely be Ivy, Stanford, maybe UW, and MIT, CIT, Williams etc.
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  • cobratcobrat 12207 replies78 threads Senior Member
    Basically kids in my school got into colleges like UPenn and Notre Dame and elected to go to BC and UMass instead


    Back in the mid-'90s, my HS GC recounted to us how he strongly discouraged one older classmate a few years ahead of us from applying to BC because he had Ivy-contender stats AND felt the classmate's justification along the lines of "being a BC Eagles sports fan" was a "bad reason" for choosing one's college.

    Older classmate concerned ended up getting admitted and matriculating to UPenn, but I heard from some classmates in his graduating class that he ended up transferring to BC because of his obsession with the "BC Eagles sports".

    As for UMass, it was known as "Zoo Mass" and that rep back was merited at the time I was in HS and when an older cousin attended during the late '70s/early-mid '80s as an in-stater.

    He didn't care for the "Zoo Mass" atmosphere which affected him even as an honors student...but his decision to attend was mainly due to his academic stats and a bit of voluntary sacrificing for his younger siblings who all ended up graduating from private respectable/elite colleges.
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  • doorrealthedoorrealthe 1137 replies26 threads Senior Member
    edited May 2017
    My high school is one of the strongest in the country so we had over 40 students going to Ivies or Ivy equivalents from my year. Not sure who's even in our top 10 students, but they're all going to schools listed below.

    4 to Harvard, 6 to Penn, 1 to Yale, 1 to Princeton, 4 to UChicago, 2 to MIT, 10+ to Cornell, 4+ to Dartmouth, 2 to Columbia, 1 to Brown, 3 to Stanford, 2 to Duke, 1 or 2 at Vandy, 1 or 2 at Hopkins, 1 or 2 at Northwestern, 8+ to Michigan, etc, etc.
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  • roycroftmomroycroftmom 3518 replies40 threads Senior Member
    Automatic acceptances to the state flagship are given in September to the top students in our state, so yes, everyone knows the top 7 percent.
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  • tigerman333tigerman333 1150 replies62 threads Senior Member
    In no particular order- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2), Drake University, Oklahoma University, Loyola University Chicago, Cornell University and University of Illinois at Chicago
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  • LoveTheBardLoveTheBard 2124 replies20 threads Senior Member
    Stanford: 1
    Harvard: 2
    Yale: 1
    Columbia: 2 (plus 3 athletic recruits)
    U Penn: 2 (plus 1 athletic recruit)
    Georgetown 1 (of 2 going)
    Berkeley: 2 (out of 5 going
    Pomona: 2
    Notre Dame: 1
    MIT: 1
    Santa Clara: 1
    U Minn: 1
    Northwestern: 1
    Tufts: 1
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  • toowonderfultoowonderful 4077 replies68 threads Senior Member
    @EyeVeee - lots of schools in my area have top 10 (or 15, or 20) awards and/or designations in the graduation program- so it's super easy to tell who those kids are. Now, there maybe some poster extrapolating their lists, but I think many of us posting have seen concrete designations.
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  • oPhilipposoPhilippos 284 replies42 threads Member
    edited May 2017
    Not exactly who is "top 10" at my school, but I'll just list where the general top kids are going:
    URochester REMS, Emory (Oxford), Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, JHU (1 BME, other idk), USC (like 4), Chapman U, Wharton, WashU (2), UCSD

    It's a small private school with around 65 kids per grade
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  • hhjjlalahhjjlala 706 replies23 threads Member
    edited May 2017
    I attend a public high school on a military base. My class has 30 kids. In no particular order,

    Brown (ME!!), Lewis and Clark (Chose over Reed and UCSD), USC (Chose over UT Austin + Cornell), UC Davis (Presidential scholarship), UDub, Texas A&M, George Mason

    Those are the most memorable ones.

    Another public high school on a military base I know of (around 120 in their class):

    Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, UCLA, Berkeley, Cornell, UT Austin, Texas A&M, Columbia, Mich. State, some others.
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  • searchforhomesearchforhome 35 replies1 threads Junior Member
    From a small CA private school . . .
    Columbia (2)
    Brown (1)
    UCLA (3)
    Stanford (1)
    UC Berkeley (3)
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