I'm currently a 14 year old junior who is discontent with the caliber of my LPS, as while the academics are more challenging than most public schools, the student culture is cutthroat and uncollaborative outside of the innermost friend circles (think students purposely giving others wrong answers to play the GPA game). However, my rank is decent, and with some hard work, I should be able to graduate in the top 7% in 2019, which automatically ensures admission to all public schools in my state. Logically, from there, I should be able to work my way to my career goals.
Therefore, I'm not sure if it's reasonable to ask my parents to potentially spend upwards of 50K for a private school education (we're in the upper midddle class, so very little FA can be expected). I've been thinking about applying for BS for a while now, as a repeat junior (because I'm about 2 years younger than my classmates, the repeated year isn't a major concern, and may even be beneficial), but my question is, especially to those with children in BS/attend BS, is it worth it to enter BS as a junior (in terms of producing thoughtful, independent, well-educated adults with effective communication skills)? Or will the difficulty of assimilation and catching up (both academically and socially), compounded with financial strain, ultimately be an unfitting allocation of time and money? I've heard the most wonderful things about the community-based environment of BS, and the molding effects it has on student development (seeing that high school are significantly formative years), but as a junior, is it too late?
Thanks for your help. I would also love to hear your thoughts on the "vibe" of your school in order to come up with a shortlist of schools to apply to. So far, I've been considering Hotchkiss, Lville, Choate, and Deerfield, but I understand that for these schools, admission is immensely difficult, and especially so for juniors.