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Should I go to TAMS (Texas Academy of Math and Science)?

King32King32 2 replies1 threads New Member
edited September 21 in Prep School Admissions
I am currently a sophomore and debating on whether to attend TAMS or not. I am one of the top students at my school (falling under top 4 %), but my high school isn't that great. Its a IB school, and I am going to take full IB next year if I stay. There are 224 people in my graduating class, and the best college people go from my school is UT Austin. I am also heavily involved, I am in varsity tennis, top band, and like 5 clubs.
I want to get into my dream college (MIT)
I understand I need to stand out at TAMS in order to get into my dream school. I am really busy, and I think going to TAMS will help me focus on parts of my MIT application that count the most. I am also a really hard-working student, and I am confused on whether I should keep working hard at my school or work-hard at TAMS in order to get into MIT.
Should I stay at my high school and take full IB, or go to TAMS in order to get into MIT?
edited September 21
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  • Pg0514Pg0514 9 replies0 threads New Member
    Hello! Current TAMS student here. 3 people last graduating class got into MIT. This will probably get you really excited about your odds, but just realize that MIT is insanely hard to get into, and no matter how good you are, your admittance is still questionable, simply due to the caliber of students they admit. TAMS will offer you a lot more opportunities outside of classes, but the thing you need to decide for yourself is if you will be able to do more here than you are currently doing at your high school. Keep in mind that the classes here are a lot harder than the classes you will take at your high school even if you take 5-6 APs at one time.

    Based on stats alone, going to TAMS will give you a better chance of getting into MIT, but only if you are intelligent enough, and take advantage of as many opportunities as you can. As to whether you should come, I cannot answer that for you. The most I can do in that department is to tell you about my decision-making process when I decided to leave my high school.
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  • King32King32 2 replies1 threads New Member
    Thanks, btw why did you decide to go to TAMS?
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  • Pg0514Pg0514 9 replies0 threads New Member
    My school had a large emphasis on sports, and the only one I actually play is badminton, which obviously they did not have a team for. The robotics program was decent, but not nearly as good as the one at TAMS. TAMS offered me more opportunities I actually wanted, such as access to a good robotics team, access to research professors, and more rigorous classes. The peer group is also way more intelligent here, which has really motivated me to work harder and get involved more. I can be more independent which was a huge bonus, and I definitely feel like I have more potential here, and I don't regret coming at all.
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  • King32King32 2 replies1 threads New Member
    thx, can you give me any suggestions or things I need to do to have a better chance of getting in?
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  • Pg0514Pg0514 9 replies0 threads New Member
    TAMS says they have a "holistic" method of deciding admissions, but almost everyone agrees that is most likely not the case. As long as you are doing something other than academics like leading a club or participating in robotics, for example, the most important thing you can do is focus on grades, rank and SAT/ACT score. Try and make sure you only have A's, you are ranked in top 10% at least and aim for a 1400+ score on the SAT and/or around a 30 on the ACT because those combined should make you above average enough to have a decent chance at getting it.
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