My 8th grader has been accepted at three Chicago high schools which are vastly different (he was waitlisted at his top choice). He is an excellent test taker (99%), math lover, studious but not an intellectual. Reserved, sporty.
I would appreciate advice on which school will give him best options for college. His hooks are parents from NW & Ivy. Half white/Asian. $ is not a major issue. He is at a complete loss which to pick(didn't like any):
1) Very small private school (80 kids per class): Pros: Very good top tier college placement (15%), close relationships with teachers, not supercompetative, close to home. Cons: Very progressive (no text books or AP). ? Challenging curriculum, math seemed weak. Cliquey, rich, left wing.
2) Catholic : Pros: closest feel to a suburban high school--300 students, sports, normal bell curve. Cons: Under 3% top tier college placement, 35 min from home, cliquey,
"unnecessarily rigorous," acc. to parents. We aren't religious.
3) Selective Enrollment Chicago Public: Pros: no cost, close to home, strong math, "best" public high school.
Cons: 50% admitted kids score in 98%, very competitive to get to top tier colleges, and almost ALL accepted have been URM, first generation (I have the matric. list)-- only 2 white males out of 39 & one was athletic recruit.
Which will give my child the best shot at a top 10-20 college (presuming he will be at that level in the future)?