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2017 Official Prep School Stats/ECs


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  • makp715makp715 Registered User Posts: 190 Junior Member
    Accepted: Westover School (no FA), St. Timothy’s
    Rejected: Madeira, Exeter, Hotchkiss, Loomis
    Wait listed: Emma Willard, Choate
    Waiting on: Chatham Hall
    Likely Attending: St. Timothy’s

    • SSAT/ISEE/TOEFL/PSAT: SSAT 83 overall, super scored I would guess 85 or 86
    • GPA Unweighted/Weighted: no clue – almost straight a’s (only B is PE)
    • Rank: school doesn’t rank officially
    • Other stats:

    • Interviews:
    All over Skype except Exeter which was in person with an alumni and none at Choate

    • Essays:
    One about when DD’s father got sick and we almost lost him, she talked about her ability to handle a crisis and how it changed her outlook on certain aspects of life. (went to most schools)
    One about her traditional (Native American) naming ceremony (only Hotchkiss)
    One about a concert DD and her dad went to (only Exeter)
    One about how she has taught herself art and what it has done for her
    One about food security and how she would like to address it (Only Madeira)
    One about a film project she worked on with actors from Aboriginal Peoples Television Network

    • Math Rec: Same teacher for a few years now, so he knows her pretty well, we think it was a good one
    • English Rec: Same teacher as math
    • Personal/Extracurricular Rec: DD got one rec from her French teacher (she is in an immersion program and has been since kindergarten) and a second from a worker at the friendship centre who focuses on aboriginal youth – I am sure these were good also, I saw the one from the worker and am guessing on the one from the teacher.
    • Principal/Counselor Rec: He actually gave us a few of these to send off for him, and they were pretty good. I saw it for Choate and Hotchkiss – for whatever reason Choate was marked down an entire column from Hotchkiss for every category.
    • Sports (if any): Swimming 3 years, track and field 1
    • Instruments (if any): nope
    • Other ECs (if any): volunteering yearly at a fishing tournament, collecting Christmas donations, working in the office at school, did the NaNoWriMo writing this past fall, and volunteered for the local domestic violence prevention committee during an awareness campaign creating promotional materials
    • Hook: URM – Native American

    • State or Country: Ontario, Canada
    • Current School Type: Catholic JK-8 at the same school
    • Ethnicity: Dual citizen US/Canada
    • Gender: Female
    • Grade Applying For: 9 boarding
    • Age: 12 when we started the process 13 now
    • Financial Aid/Full Pay: require FA

    Strengths: very into her art, submitted a deviantart gallery as a portfolio, and showed her link to her culture to demonstrate the diversity she brings (she brought it up at every interview by asking if she could continue smudging and offering tobacco).

    Weaknesses: not a great athlete, no musical instrument, SSAT could have been higher

    Why do you think you were accepted/rejected/waitlisted? F/A mostly, we needed a lot of it

    General Comments: Very excited about St. Timothy’s (even if there are uniforms lol)
  • RyanSeacrestTypeRyanSeacrestType Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    Accepted: None
    Rejected: Andover, Hotchkiss, Lawrenceville
    Wait listed: Exeter
    Likely Attending:

    • SSAT/ISEE/TOEFL/PSAT: 92% 99% in math
    • GPA Unweighted/Weighted: 4.0
    • Rank: 1/132
    • Other stats:

    • Interviews: Andover said he would give highest score as well as Exeter. Hotchkiss was horrible and Lawrenceville was not spectacular.
    • Essays: Crappy except some good ones for Andover and Lawrenceville
    • Math Rec: 6/10 Barely know
    • English Rec: 10/10 Know for a while
    • Personal/Extracurricular Rec: 8/10 While a very noteworthy individual, he had trouble expressing himself in text.
    • Principal/Counselor Rec: 4/10 Hates me
    • Sports (if any): Tennis for 8 years. Running for 3.
    • Instruments (if any): Double Bass and Piano
    • Other ECs (if any): Freelancing job experience as a programmer earning about $200 every weekend. Non-profit organization to do stuff.
    • Hook: Legacy at Andover

    • State or Country: Rural
    • Current School Type: Public
    • Ethnicity: Indian-American
    • Gender: M
    • Grade Applying For: 10
    • Age: 15
    • Financial Aid/Full Pay: FA

    Course schedule was what some seniors were taking due to limited course options. Good interviews for Andover and Exeter (they were my last interviews).

    Bad Essays
    Bad Recs

    Why do you think you were accepted/rejected/waitlisted?
    Generic, weak ssat scores, bad essays.
    Mostly bad essays. I probably only got waitlisted because of my interviews.

    General Comments: Good experience for admissions. While it is sad for my out of pocket admission fee money to come to a waste, I understand I could have changed that. The opportunities these schools offer though will be missed as my current school lacks many courses found in the boarding school environment.
  • monica20monica20 Registered User Posts: 92 Junior Member
    Accepted: Andover, Exeter
    Rejected: None
    Wait listed: None
    Likely Attending: Let's wait for revisits to decide! (Seriously, I am panicking a bit over the very difficult choice I will inevitably need to make.)

    • SSAT/ISEE/TOEFL/PSAT: 99 percentile SSAT overall: 97 v, 98 q, 99 r
    • GPA Unweighted/Weighted: 4.0/5.0
    • Rank: N/A
    • Other stats: All A+ grades through middle school.

    • Interviews: Exeter- in all ways possible, perfect. I made a very strong connection with my interviewer, and I felt as if we had seriously meaningful discussion about my beliefs and plans to change the world (sounds cliche, but it truly wasn't!) We joked a bit, and she was very impressed by my accomplishments and message. Andover- simply put, amazing. My interviewer definitely wanted to remember as much about me as possible (she wrote down everything I said!) and we had great discussions about how I could use my experience at Andover to brighten the community and work for the common good. Both were FANTASTIC, and they couldn't have gone better.
    • Essays: My Exeter essays were reflective of my beliefs, hopes for the world, and my outlook on life. Andover essays explored selflessness, innovative ideas of mine, and my possible contributions to the school.
    • Math Rec: 10/10
    • English Rec: 7/10
    • Personal/Extracurricular Rec: 9/10
    • Principal/Counselor Rec: 8/10
    • Sports (if any):
    • Instruments (if any):
    • Other ECs (if any): Girl Scouts, CCD, Student Council, Math Team, Debate Team, Choir, Art.
    • Hook: I'm a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar!

    • State or Country: South
    • Current School Type: Public
    • Ethnicity: Indian
    • Gender: Female
    • Grade Applying For: 9
    • Age: 14
    • Financial Aid/Full Pay: FA

    Fantastic interviews and essays. Great SSAT score! Lots of community service and EC's to explain my interests, hopes, and dreams. Deeply involved in EC's. Good grades, but these are pretty normal for all applicants. I could clearly communicate why I wished to attend and what I am passionate about.

    Lots of anxiety over admissions (which showed in my Exeter interview!)

    Why do you think you were accepted/rejected/waitlisted?
    I think I was accepted to both because I'm a great fit for both. I explained my passions and why I strive to make the world a better place. I think my personality and passions demonstrated the applicants the schools sought out this year.

    General Comments:
    Stress less about stats, more about your intentions at the school. Tell about what YOU will do to contribute to your dream school, not just what your school will do for you. Remember that no matter what decisions come to you on M10, the application experience teaches us important lessons.
  • 2020dancer2020dancer Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Accepted: None
    Rejected: Hotchkiss, Andover
    Wait listed: Exeter, Deerfield, Choate
    Likely Attending: Local International school, unless i get accepted from waitlist.

    • GPA Unweighted/Weighted: 3.8 (unweighted)
    • Rank: N/A
    • Other stats: N/A

    • Interviews: Hotchkiss: They were fine, but it was nothing special, and I felt as though I didn't make a distinct impression on the AO. Andover: I did an alumni interview off campus where I live. The interviewer loved me, however, he graduated a really long time ago (think when Andover was still an all boys school!) so I dont think he really knew what Andover was like now. Exeter: The interviewer really liked me, and as it was my last interview, I was the most calm and performed the best. Deerfield: It was my best interview by far, the interviewer told me that if I didnt get in, it wasnt because of the interview. He asked me some unique questions, so I think I got to really showcase my personality better than other interviews. Choate: Skype interview. It was pretty good, my alumni interviewer was really young, and we had a lot in common so we had a lot to talk about. I was the most myself in this interview.
    • Essays: They were a bit rushed as the decision to apply came quite late. The content I believe was unique, but I think I could have definitely improved my writing if I had more time. My Exeter essays were probably strongest.
    • Math Rec: Average-Very Good, I skipped a grade level in math, so my teacher is fond of me.
    • English Rec: Average
    • Personal/Extracurricular Rec: Outstanding, my teacher showed it to me.
    • Principal/Counselor Rec: Very Good
    • Sports (if any): Tennis, Ballet
    • Instruments (if any): None
    • Other ECs (if any): Model UN, Service.
    • Hook: None

    • State or Country: Japan
    • Current School Type: IB
    • Ethnicity: Asian
    • Gender: Female
    • Grade Applying For: 10
    • Age: 14
    • Financial Aid/Full Pay: FP

    Strengths: I've lived internationally, and have had unique opportunities such as service trips in South East Asia. So I bring diversity.

    Weaknesses: My grades are average, and I had one C in the first semester..

    Why do you think you were accepted/rejected/waitlisted?: The schools I got waitlisted at were the ones I had good interviews in, so without the good interview, I would have probably been rejected. I think it was the fact that I didnt have a spike in any area, that made my application not stand out.

  • MyCatBorksMyCatBorks Registered User Posts: 36 Junior Member
    edited March 2017
    Accepted: The Hill School
    Rejected: Lawrenceville
    Wait listed: N/A
    Likely Attending: The Hill School

    • SSAT/ISEE/TOEFL/PSAT: 1400 PSAT (99% both subjects)
    • GPA Unweighted/Weighted: 4.0 Unweighted 4.51 Weighted
    • Rank: 3/174
    • Other stats: N/A

    • Interviews:
    Lawrenceville: Even though I had a good interview they basically told me they had no spots for juniors. 7/10
    The Hill School: I had a really great interviewer, he made me feel very comfortable. Definitely my best interview. 9/10
    • Essays: Due to time constraints they essentially written within 1 or 2 days of deadline. Still probably 8/10
    • Math Rec: Great teacher I had for a while, 8/10
    • Science Rec: My best teacher this year so far, seemed very enthusiastic. 9/10
    • Personal/Extracurricular Rec: N/A
    • Principal/Counselor Rec: Counselor does not know me very much. 7 or 6 /10
    • Sports (if any): Soccer, got in contact with coaches.
    • Instruments (if any): N/A
    • Other ECs (if any): A Level Debate Team, Model UN, FBLA, Snowboarding, STEM Club, Youth Soccer Referee
    • Hook: N/A

    • State or Country: Pennsylvania
    • Current School Type: Suburban Public
    • Ethnicity: Caucasian
    • Gender: Male
    • Grade Applying For: 11th
    • Age: 15
    • Financial Aid/Full Pay: 2/3-3/5

    Strengths: 99th percentile numbers across the board, very strong interviews, athletic potential.

    Weaknesses: Essays due to time constraints, and being an 11th grade applicant.

    Why do you think you were accepted/rejected/waitlisted?
    Lawrenceville: Not enough 11th grade spots.
    The Hill School: Interviewer liked me, friends at Hill likely gave me good rep, athletic interest.

    General Comments: If you are in 8th grade and are reading this, do not wait to apply. Go for 9th grade ASAP, as your chances of getting in DRASTICALLY increase. If I had applied 2 years ago I would have gotten in anywhere that I applied, which all my interviewers seemed to have made clear, but now it's nigh impossible for any incoming junior, even if you are EXCEPTIONALLY qualified. Also, start the admissions process right away, because writing all your essays the night that the application is due because I didn't consider the option of going to a BS is not fun.
  • HhopefulFforSsuccess2021HhopefulFforSsuccess2021 Registered User Posts: 275 Junior Member
    Accepted: None
    Rejected: Andover, Exeter, Choate
    Wait listed: Middlesex, Hotchkiss
    Likely Attending: Thy local public highschool

    • SSAT/ISEE/TOEFL/PSAT: Overall Grade-Gender 89 percentile
    • GPA Unweighted/Weighted:Unweighted: 4.2-4.8, Weighted: ??
    • Rank: None
    • Other stats: N/A


    • Interviews:
    Exeter: Was -very- nervous but very enthusiastic. Interviewer was stoic but proper and I respect him. Lasted around 40 minutes.Off-Campus. 7/10
    Andover: Explained passions, feelings, thoughts, etc. Was not as nervous. Wonderful interviewer. Lasted over an hour. Off-Campus, 9/10
    Middlesex: Very kind and sweet interviewer. Spoke honestly about thoughts and passions. Skype interview. 8/10

    I could not get interviews with Choate and Hotchkiss due to timing issues.

    • Essays:
    Andover: I just couldn't really write passionately with the prompts this year. I could not think of a way to incorporate my passions into my essays, like my love for art and reading. I was thoroughly disappointed with myself. They were good essays, sure, but did not go in-depth into my academic life, which I felt it should have. I hope that next year's prompts will be easier for me to work with. 7/10
    Exeter: I caught a typo or two in them after I sent them in. Wrote about my passion for the arts and my experiences with electronic addiction. Hoping to write more on my academic life/athletic life next year with the prompts. 8/10.
    Middlesex: Wrote about some experiences in which I truly love. I really did enjoy writing essays for MX and did it quite passionately. 9/10.
    Choate: Was my first school to write essays for, and therefore they were very cliche and not thorough enough. 6/10.
    Hotchkiss: I wrote about my mom on one of them!! XD It was very nice. Loved writing essays for Hotchkiss. 9/10.

    English teacher and mother reviewed many of my essays.
    (I was blinded for all of these recs)

    • Math Rec: 10/10. teacher said he wrote a "glowing recommendation". I also do well in his class.
    • English Rec: 9/10-10/10. My English teacher did them as soon as I sent them. I yield good grades in her class as well.
    • Personal/Extracurricular Rec: 7th grade social studies teacher did this one. 10/10.
    • Principal/Counselor Rec: Probably average. My counselor turned it in almost a month late for some schools. 6/10?
    • Sports (if any): Group tennis classes; took private swimming lessons for 2 years before.
    • Instruments (if any): Alto sax in Concert band for 4 years, Jazz band for 1 year, Pep band for 1 year. Private piano lessons for 5 years.
    • Other ECs (if any): Peer-leadership group for 2 years, Art club for 1 year, Jazz band for 1 year, Chinese classes for a few years. Technical theater for 2 years. Science fair for 1 year. Mathcounts for 1 year. Self-taught artist/ drawing & painting for 2 years ( I took a few private art lessons).
    • Hook: Unsure.

    • State or Country: USA, Ohio.
    • Current School Type: Public
    • Ethnicity: Asian
    • Gender: Female
    • Grade Applying For: 9th
    • Age: 12-13 during the admission process
    • Financial Aid/Full Pay: Almost full FA

    Strengths: Some essays, some interviews. Strong in the arts and academics if you don't count my SSAT score.

    Weaknesses: Needs a lot of FA, ORM. poor SSAT score. No awards or academic experience outside of EC's. No hook.

    Why do you think you were accepted/rejected/waitlisted? Basically my weaknesses: I need A Lot of money for FA. I'm an ORM. etc.

    General Comments: Reapplying next year if nothing hinders.
  • fayexeterfayexeter Registered User Posts: 18 Junior Member
    edited March 2017
    Accepted: Hotchkiss, St.Paul's, lawrenceville, andover, nmh, Cushing, brooks, Williston, Kent, tabor
    Rejected: none
    Wait listed: Exeter, Choate, St.Marks
    Likely Attending: Andover unless Exeter takes me off the waitlist

    • SSAT/ISEE/TOEFL/PSAT: 99% overall but 97 verbal 93 quantitative 97 reading
    • GPA Unweighted/Weighted: I'm not sure but my grades in 8th grade w/ ESL were A/A+ And 9th w/o ESL were A-/A
    • Rank: school does not rank
    • Other stats: toefl 115

    • Interviews: I feel like I am a strong interviewer; I tried to express my passion for learning regardless of my proficiency in the subject. I tried to show myself not only as an applicant but also as a person - for instance, I am a very crappy athelete as I never had the chance to play sports as a girl in public Korean middle school, but after I came to junior boarding school(will not specify), I tried various sports including soccer, hockey, and softball despite my not being good at it. My team was supportive and I was encouraged to step out of my comfort zone. I think just revealing your strength does not do much as many, many applicants who apply to these competitive schools excel in one thing or another. Eagerly show your weaknesses and also your efforts in how to overcome them. I also talked about my passion in biology, art, and music, and I joked about how I don't have any study hall through out my weekly academic cycle.

    • Essays: I think my St.Paul's short answers were great, or it's just me not being able to write a proper essay. Hotchkiss and lawrenceville essay(SAO) were OK but I didn't spend to much time on it. I procrastinated on my most important essays ironically because I wanted to perfect them, which is probably why I got waitlisted in those. One of my Exeter essays were about how my love for learning the Chinese language had extended on getting to know the Chinese community and just people in general and the other one was about how I overcame bullying in a sophisticated sentence. I think my first essay was what waitlisted me because I sent the same one for choate and got waitlisted as well. My Andover essay was a ramble of self-deprecation; I talked about how I was a kid who liked playing sports who was discouraged to play sports as I grew up, but after coming to junior boarding school, I stepped out of my comfort zone and played hockey in a supportive environment.

    • Math Rec: 10/10 apparently she said she wrote a spectacular one to my advisor, which I found interesting because I thought she hated me
    • English Rec: 8/10 he is a nice person so he would have written a good one but not on a personal level
    • Personal/Extracurricular Rec: 10/10 my advisor is one of the people who love me the most. She knows me on a personal level despite spending time with me for only a year or so and embraces my peculiarities, to say.
    • Principal/Counselor Rec: 8/10 I showed a lot of flaws in front of him, and also, this is his first year doing admissions after a former skilled one left. But he was my band director last year, and I tried to sub for every single thing he offered me in other bands despite him putting me in intermediate instead of advanced band last year.

    Third teacher: 6/10 I chose my biology teacher, which I had no choice as I expressed my interest in biology. She is a first year teacher at our school. I think while she is very educated, she is not experienced enough as a teacher yet(early 20s), which makes her lectures rather boring. I did not pay attention in her class, and while I get decent grades, I don't think she knows me that well.

    • Sports (if any): soccer, hockey, softball 2 years in school's jv team. Terrible
    • Instruments (if any): Drums(2 years in school; a year in intermediate band and this year in advanced and jazz band) piano(9 years but barely remember anything) flute(similar with piano)
    • Other ECs (if any): Science internship - my dad is a professor at a university in Korea, so I got to meet several people and did internships for their experiments. I was co-authored in one of the researches. I'm not sure if it helped though. Also I did a lot of club activities including coding club, math club, tinker club, robotics club, etc. Not an active member though. I take art as a main course as a member of advanced studio art for elected 9th graders despite having no interest in 2d art.
    • Hook: Nope

    • State or Country: MA
    • Current School Type: junior boarding school
    • Ethnicity: Asian
    • Gender: F
    • Grade Applying For: 10
    • Age: 16(repeated a year)
    • Financial Aid/Full Pay: FP

    interviews, being myself at all times, decent grades, and well rounded in academics and arts

    Bad Essays(rushed through), bad quantitative, made A LOT of mistakes during Exeter's application process(sent several thank you notes thinking that they didn't receive it because they didn't reply, sent the wrong PDF file for my essay, sent it late, also crappy, sent my resume extracurricular activities too late) taking ESL as an international student during 8th grade. Also, I had a few Cs from math and science in my public school in 7th grade, which was included in the transcript; trust me, it's much more competitive there than here

    Why do you think you were accepted/rejected/waitlisted?
    I am actually not sure. Our school is through 9th grade so all of my friends are applying out; yesterday, I have seen many of my friends who I thought were qualified for the schools much more than I were but did not get into any of their top choices. I think being myself was definitely one, and also showing my desire to learn and hone myself to be better was another. I was the one interested in studying abroad, and I was the one who tried my butt hard to become the ideal applicant. I've seen many of my friends who are just extremely ready from countless acceptances due to all those conselings and cram schools and contest preparations that packaged their strengths. I was none of that. I think my realistic accomplishments that are clearly from my own effort was what made myself as an applicant desirable for the schools.

    I think I was waitlisted due to all the weaknesses i have listed.

    General Comments: while it is sad I didn't get into Exeter, a school I have been indulging myself in for more than 4 years, I did get into its rival school, which means I am up for a revenge and am going to be working my butt hard to tell Exeter how it made a mistake not allowing me in! Hahaha
  • ppm5544ppm5544 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Accepted: Tabor Academy
    Rejected: Loomis, Andover, Hotchkiss
    Wait listed: Suffield Academy
    Likely Attending: Tabor! (Although my brother graduated from Suffield)

    • GPA Unweighted/Weighted: 3.56
    • Rank: My school did not rank student
    • Other stats:

    • Interviews: Went pretty good via Skype! I got to talk with Mr McCain from Tabor Academy and he is a very nice guy.
    • Essays: I spent a lot of time think about myself
    • Math Rec: 10/10 My teacher promised to do the best recommendation because he never wrote recommendation for the American school before.
    • English Rec: 8/10 My English is Thai but she has American nationality and she really likes me.
    • Personal/Extracurricular Rec:-
    • Principal/Counsellor Rec: I guess he would write for me pretty good!
    • Sports (if any): Swimming, cross-country, track and field
    • Instruments (if any): Piano, Violin, Guitar and Saxophone
    • Other ECs (if any): Probably leadership position, I joined international just 2 years ago and I volunteered to be leader for my color in the second term. Literally, there are few new students who are really brave to accomplish the job such giving speech at the assembly, getting people names for doing sports and much more.
    • Hook: I also have one legacy but that didn't help me at all...

    • State or Country: Thailand
    • Current School Type: Private
    • Ethnicity: Asian
    • Gender: Male
    • Grade Applying For: 9
    • Age: 14
    • Financial Aid/Full Pay: Full pay

    Strengths: My learning attitude and my leadership position

    Weaknesses: SSAT (GPA?)

    Why do you think you were accepted/rejected/waitlisted?

    Tabor: I have a very good interview and having supportive recommendations!

    Andover: I didn't complete the application because I knew I could get in because this year they want only a few Asian also I have to compete with my friends which all of them were very smart.

    Loomis Chaffee: Interview late(?)

    Hotchkiss: They want few international student for this and I guess my SSAT suck so bad

    Suffield Academy: SSAT!!!!!! TT

  • msvmp27msvmp27 Registered User Posts: 45 Junior Member
    Accepted: Wayland Williston Cranbrook Loomis LPS
    Wait listed: Taft Choate
    Likely Attending: Not sure, maybe LPS

    • SSAT/ISEE/TOEFL/PSAT: SSAT 82/84 (1st time) 73/74 (2nd time)
    • GPA Unweighted/Weighted: 3.9 / 4.0 UW
    • Rank: NA
    • Other stats: NA

    • Interviews: Good and friendly for all schools. Nothing special for anyone of them. Flew couple thousand miles to all schools for interview from Middle East so they can talk to her and see her personally. And also for us to gauge and judge the school environment.
    • Essays: Good, did herself without major help.
    • Math Rec: Blind
    • English Rec: Blind
    • Personal/Extracurricular Rec: Blind
    • Principal/Counselor Rec: Blind
    • Sports (if any): Soccer, Cross Country & Volleyball
    • Instruments (if any): Clarinet
    • Other ECs (if any): Choir, NJHS, STUCO, Drama
    • Hook: None

    • State or Country: One of the Middle East country
    • Current School Type: Private School
    • Ethnicity: Asian
    • Gender: F
    • Grade Applying For: 10
    • Age: 15
    • Financial Aid/Full Pay: Some FP Some with Partial FA

    Strengths: Already living in a diverse community and can survive the cultural changes.
    Weaknesses: SSAT score

    Why do you think you were accepted/rejected/waitlisted?
    Waitlisted because of SSAT not strong enough. Not strong hook.

    General Comments:
    Show yourself who you really are in the application and the interview. Honored and humbled by the results.
    “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no. if you don’t step forward, you will always be in the same spot.”
  • sealionnsealionn Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    edited March 2017
  • slytherinwishinslytherinwishin Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Accepted: Choate
    Rejected: -
    Wait listed: Andover
    Likely Attending: Choate

    • SSAT/ISEE/TOEFL/PSAT: SSAT 94th Percentile
    • GPA Unweighted/Weighted: -
    • Rank: -
    • Other stats: Straight A's every year.

    • Interviews: Both interviews were on campus.
    Choate: Went very well! My interviewer was very friendly and impressed. I talked a lot about my passions and extracurricular activities and mentioned specific programs offered at Choate that attracted me.
    Andover: It was okay. My alumnus interviewer was a little lukewarm. I talked about my family, passions, and academic ambitions. I did not think I was as prepared for this interview as I did not know as much about Andover.
    • Essays:
    Choate: Some things I talked about were being wait listed last year, self-improvement and goals, my thoughts for the future, and model UN. I definitely put more effort into Choate's essays.
    Andover: Some things I talked about were my love for reading, volunteer work, and model UN. My essays were pretty short but well thought out and written so I'm not sure if that counted against me.
    • Math Rec: Blind. Haven't known my math teacher long but he seems to like me so I'm sure the rec was good.
    • English Rec: Blind. Haven't known my english teacher long but she seems to like me so I'm sure the rec was good.
    • Personal/Extracurricular Rec: Blind. I had my piano teacher of 7 years write it and we really have a connection so I'm sure he said many great things. In addition to that, for Andover, I had one of my favorite past teacher that I have a really great connection with write a personal rec that I'm sure was great.
    • Principal/Counselor Rec: Blind. I have talked to my guidance counselor only once just to discuss the schools I was applying to so I really have no idea but I'm sure it wasn't bad.
    • Sports (if any): Competitive Swim Team (7 years)
    • Instruments (if any): Piano (10 years), Alto Saxophone (5 years)
    • Other ECs (if any): Concert Band, Pep Band, Pit Band, Jazz Band, Model UN; Hobbies mentioned: reading, art
    • Hook: High level of piano; I received full marks each of 5 years I participated in a piano adjudication.

    • State or Country: USA, New England area
    • Current School Type: Public High School
    • Ethnicity: Mixed (White/Asian)
    • Gender: Female
    • Grade Applying For: 10
    • Age: 14
    • Financial Aid/Full Pay: Partial FA

    My passion for piano and music as well as the high academic goals I have set for myself. I challenged myself a lot this year with the difficult courses I chose to take and my Choate interviewer actually commented on that.

    SSAT? Not submitting as much information on my piano experience to Andover? I kind of rushed some of the essays, especially the ones for Andover.

    Why do you think you were accepted/rejected/waitlisted?
    Choate: My current piano teacher teaches music theory at Choate and he talked with my interviewer (after my interview). I managed to set up a day to audition with the head of instrumental music at Choate for piano and he was very impressed with me (he then talked with my interviewer). I also made a really great connection with my interviewer and had a pretty lengthy conversation with her. This was actually my second round applying to Choate (I was wait listed last year), though this time I also tried for Andover. I think that the way I improved (last year's SSAT was 84th percentile) and challenged myself for my second application really helped me get accepted, which my interviewer also commented on.
    Andover: I made the mistake of not submitting a recording of me playing piano (also made the same mistake for Choate but I guess it didn't really matter for them) or setting up an audition and I think that really counted against me because then they did not really know how well I played. I also didn't really know as much about Andover as I did Choate so I didn't really have any sort of special connection/attraction to the school.

    General Comments:
    I think that the whole application process is a very valuable experience and will help prepare you for when college time rolls around. I am very thankful and excited to be attending Choate in the fall! For anyone disappointed in their results, don't give up! I was very disappointed when I was wait listed last year, but I tried again and was met with success. Be yourself and show your personality, especially in the interview, don't be afraid to take risks (just go for it!), and show that you work hard and like to succeed.
  • honestlyconfusedhonestlyconfused Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Accepted: Choate, Deerfield, Hill
    Wait listed: Exeter and Lville
    Likely Attending:or choate or deerfield.

    • SSAT/ISEE/TOEFL/PSAT: SSAT: 90% Psat: 1310
    • GPA Unweighted/Weighted: ?
    • Rank: ?
    • Other stats: IB Program.

    • Interviews: Choates was really strange actually. The alumni seemed kind of confused with the process and barley asked any questions. Lasted 30 minutes max 6/10
    Deerfield was amazing. He was super nice to me and I was able to mention everything I needed to in order to bring the best side of me out. 9/10.
    Lville was the best one by far, and the interviewer basically told me I would be accepted at first. However a few days before M10 I received a "courtesy" email stating that basically there are no slots for 11th grade girls and that they are willing to offer me a spot as a 10 grade repeat.
    Exeter: pretty average, short because the interviwer seemed to be in a rush 7/10
    the hill: amazing, the interviewer really seemed to like me. 10/10
    • Essays:
    Honestly writing is my strong suit so I do believe that my essays were pretty good. I dedicated a lot of time on the exeter prompts.
    • Math Rec: My math teacher has been my advisor since grade 6, so 10/10
    • English Rec: He hates me and basically almost refused to make recs so 2/10 maybe even worse.
    • Personal/Extracurricular Rec:I asked some teachers to do this for me for the schools I really wanted to apply to and go to (Ie, Lville , choate and Deerfield) they were probably 10/10
    • Principal/Counselor Rec:probably pretty good, by principal knows me well and the counselor seems to like me. 8/10/
    • Sports (if any): Volleyball
    • Instruments (if any): None
    • Other ECs (if any): model UN, GIN club (environmental sustainability), Stuco, NHS, 30 hours of community service.. honestly not much.
    • Hook: International student - first language is english - great academics

    • State or Country: Brazil
    • Current School Type: IB international
    • Ethnicity: Latino / Caucasian
    • Gender: F
    • Grade Applying For: 11
    • Age: 16
    • Financial Aid/Full Pay: FP

    Strengths: academics, essays mostly and interviews for sure.

    Weaknesses: lack of extra curriculars... my transcrips and records are not that impresive

    Why do you think you were accepted/rejected/waitlisted?

    for Lville, which was my top choice, definetly because of lack of space in 11th grade. I heard not many people were even watlisted. As for exeter, I believe my lack of a hook and extracurriculars played a part in that.
    General Comments:
  • happypenguinhappypenguin Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Accepted: Exeter
    Rejected: None
    Wait listed: None
    Likely Attending: Exeter!

    • SSAT/ISEE/TOEFL/PSAT: (SSAT) 85th percentile overall, V 88, Q 62 (yikes), R 91, Total Score : 2193
    • GPA Unweighted/Weighted: n/a
    • Rank: n/a
    • Other stats:

    • Interviews: 9/10 I had a really great interview. It was very casual, I tried not to be formal and just have a conversation. I avoided cheesy answers and really just tried to show who I was. They can definitely sense when you're hyping yourself up so I tried to just be chill.
    • Essays: 9/10 English is my strong suit so I really tried to shine during these. The prompts I picked were, "Write about your biggest passion," and "Write a story that begins with the line 'they couldn't stop laughing'". I was afraid to write a fiction piece about one of them but it's my favorite thing to do so I figured that I was showing who I was even if I wasn't talking about myself.
    • Math Rec: I never got to see these, but math (as you can tell from my test scores) is not my strong suit and I have struggled being placed in an advanced class this year. However, my teacher is kind and thoughtful so I'm sure she made it honest and well written.
    • English Rec: My English teacher and I have a wonderful connection - he's by far my favorite teacher and the best one I've ever had. I got to see parts of them and they were glowing. It made me blush! I was so happy with what he wrote.
    • Personal/Extracurricular Rec: I chose my teacher of three years during middle school (I'm entering as a sophomore) who also happens to be our closest family friend. I've grown up around her, traveled to four different countries around her, and become best friends with her children. She's both a teacher and a second mom so I'm sure that this one was good - it didn't hurt that the graduated from Yale with an English degree, so she's very eloquent.
    • Principal/Counselor Rec: Once again, I did not get to see this, but my guidance counselor (who taught me for a year in eighth grade) really did some digging for this one. She had multiple conversation with me and investigated all my extra curricular activities to really do it justice.
    • Sports (if any): Volleyball
    • Instruments (if any):
    • Other ECs (if any): I write for the school newspaper, am an avid canoe/camper (I go for a month-ish every year in the Canadian wilderness for high-intensity camping/canoeing).
    • Hook: I'm a dual citizen (Ecuador) and fluent in Spanish and I skipped a grade in French. My canoeing was the other biggest part of me.

    • State or Country: Delaware, USA
    • Current School Type: Private Day
    • Ethnicity: Latina/White
    • Gender: Female
    • Grade Applying For: Sophomore
    • Age: 15
    • Financial Aid/Full Pay: Financial Aid (they are offering to pay about 85% of tuition!)

    Strengths: Bilingual, easygoing, interested in many different EC's and I had good interviews and essays.

    Weaknesses: My test scores were pretty well below average Exeter acceptance scores

    Why do you think you were accepted/rejected/waitlisted?
    I was honestly so surprised... As you can see, my test scores were pretty well. I think my special interest in the Humanities and my knack for languages influenced the decision greatly, as well as my volleyball and canoe experience. The canoeing thing sounds pretty weird but it's hard to describe in so few words.

    General Comments: Don't think SSAT scores are everything. Clearly, mine were pretty bad but with an outgoing personality, multilingualism, and strong EC's I somehow managed it. Surprise of a lifetime! I'm SO excited....
  • SusieknitsSusieknits Registered User Posts: 27 New Member

    Accepted: Kent
    Rejected: none
    Wait listed: none
    Likely Attending: Kent (applied to only Kent, legacy)

    • SSAT/ISEE/TOEFL/PSAT: SSAT 97th percentile, 2250/2400
    • GPA Unweighted/Weighted: 4.0 UW
    • Rank: school does not rank. Top 10 of about 100 in grade, certainly.
    • Other stats: n/a

    • Interviews: in-person, during AO trip to FL. 20 minutes with parent and child and AO, 30 without parent. I think it went well.
    • Essays: DD wrote about life as military brat, about transition from 8 years of British school to American school.
    • Math Rec: Pretty good, I assume. Math not her strongest subject but teacher was very invested in process and complimentary of DD as student and person.
    • English Rec: Stellar. Teacher sent a copy to us and I was floored. She mentioned many things DD does as part of school life, reliance admin and teachers have in her to help out around school, stuff I had no idea about! (we also emailed both recommenders a CV of daughter’s ECs and school achievements beforehand).
    • Personal/Extracurricular Rec: Very good, I am sure.
    • Principal/Counselor Rec: Same.
    • Sports (if any): School dance team for 4 years, ballet for many years.
    • Instruments (if any): none
    • Other ECs (if any): Academic team anchor (went to nationals for first time last year, qualified again this year), NJHS vice-president, Lewis Leader (school tutor), regional science fair.
    • Hook: mature, kind, reliable kid. Military family. Legacy hook: mom attended school.

    • State or Country: FL, US
    • Current School Type: public K-8
    • Ethnicity: white
    • Gender: F
    • Grade Applying For: 9th
    • Age: 13
    • Financial Aid/Full Pay: FA

    Strengths: active in ECs and strong academically all-around. Excellent scores. Talented writer.

    Weaknesses: quiet in new settings. I was very worried about interview (she was so nervous she teared up during start of interview), but they must have talked about SOMETHING for 30 mins. LOL

    Why do you think you were accepted/rejected/waitlisted? Combination of skills/personality traits that will be asset to school community.

    General Comments: Applied only to Kent as that is only school DD wanted to attend. Would have done local collegiate prep charter otherwise.
  • fossa2017fossa2017 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Accepted: None
    Wait listed: Choate, Andover, Exeter, SPS, Gronton, Deerfield
    Likely Attending: ?

    • SSAT/ISEE/TOEFL/PSAT: 2370, 99% SSAT
    • GPA Unweighted/Weighted: A+ throughout
    • Rank: N/A
    • Other stats:

    • Interviews: went well
    • Essays: should be good
    • Math Rec: 10/10
    • English Rec: 9/10
    • Personal/Extracurricular Rec: should be very good
    • Principal/Counselor Rec: 8-9/10
    • Sports (if any): Dance?
    • Instruments (if any): 8 year violin and piano, 3 year trumpet
    • Other ECs (if any): community service,
    • Hook: Mathcount individual top10 in state. Team Top 3. And many other awards.

    • State or Country: CT
    • Current School Type: large public
    • Ethnicity: Asian
    • Gender: female
    • Grade Applying For: 9th
    • Age: 13
    • Financial Aid/Full Pay: FA

    Strengths: SSAT, school performance,

    Weaknesses: sport and FA

    Why do you think you were accepted/rejected/waitlisted?

    Day Student, FA and weak sport.

    General Comments:

    Note: Please DO NOT post your stats/ecs until you receive ALL of your decisions...

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