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Withdraw applications & start over next year?

revilo321revilo321 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
Just received DS's 1st semester grades, 4 B's and 1 C, for an overall GPA of 3.0.

Is it better to withdraw his application(s) to the schools that are unlikely to admit him based on these stats and possibly re-apply next year as a rising 10th grader (provided he gets more serious and improves his grades, study habits, and SSAT score)? In other words, is there a downside to re-applying to schools a year after they reject you, or is it better to withdraw now and start over next year? Or, does it just depend on the schools and too many other circumstances to know for sure one way or another? Input appreciated.

GPA 6th grade: 4.0
GPA 7th grade: 3.5
GPA 8th grade: 3.0

Super-score SSAT
V 91%
Q 61%
R 73%
Overall: ? (Would love to know)

Replies to: Withdraw applications & start over next year?

  • CenterCenter Registered User Posts: 1,452 Senior Member
    Hmmmm. I think the answer depends on where you are applying.
  • CenterCenter Registered User Posts: 1,452 Senior Member
    Also, I think you or your son's reason for attending a boarding/prep school is important to consider as well?
  • surfcitysurfcity Registered User Posts: 1,934 Senior Member
    I'd be concerned with the downward trend in grades. Do you know if something is causing that?

    I can't answer your actual question but it seems like there is something bigger going on.
  • revilo321revilo321 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Correct. His grades are declining because he has an attention issue and forgets/chooses not to turn in assignments. Says he is bored and not challenged in LPS and would be more engaged, motivated & successful in a BS environment. I think there is some truth to that with mandatory study halls, etc. However, he assured us that his 2nd period grades would improve dramatically over the 1st grading period results (2 grading periods / semester), but he did not achieve what he set out to do. Still not turning in some assignments ... in spite of rigorous parental oversight. Gets A's on most tests and the assignments he does turn in, but the 0's bring down overall grades quickly. We are now thinking about BS's that provide necessary support for what we today realize is a bigger issue than we first thought, but DS will resist this approach mightily.
  • mexusamexusa Registered User Posts: 567 Member
    Cheshire Academy in CT has a program to help students with attention issues. Roxbury Program. His grades and SSATs would get him in there.
  • AgincourtAgincourt Registered User Posts: 184 Junior Member
    @revilo321 I will PM you.
  • sgopal2sgopal2 Registered User Posts: 2,815 Senior Member
    Here is what I would do if I were in your shoes:

    1) Keep the applications - they're already in. Worst case scenario is that he is rejected everywhere. He might even be accepted at a few places.
    2) If he reapplies next year, it shows determination and strong interest.

    But before re-applying, strongly suggest you get the attention issues checked out. Best place to go is to see a neuropsychologist. There are some tests that can be done to pinpoint exactly what the problems are. If he needs an IEP, get it in place this year. This way when he applies to BS next year, the explanation for the drop in grades will be apparent. Hopefully by then with some accommodations, his grades will improve.
  • revilo321revilo321 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Thank you.
  • cupajocupajo Registered User Posts: 36 Junior Member
    I would leave the apps in unless perhaps at school(s) that do not have appropriate support services. In your shoes I would call all schools and ask to the person or department that would offer these services if ultimately needed. If BS is important to have as an option for next year add late apps including at non-reach schools that have some academic supports available if ultimately needed. There are plenty of schools that are fits for the rest of your child's strong profile that have this kind of office or person, but you will need to do some legwork. I agree with the suggestions on neuropsych testing and would priorize that. Far better to know now what the child may need either in an IEP or its private school equivalent or to find a school that is prepared for that student, even if such supports may never or only minimally be needed, or maybe not needed until say Junior year during crunch time. Best wishes.
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