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Repeat Sophomore vs. Junior

tennis21tennis21 Registered User Posts: 68 Junior Member
edited May 2009 in Prep School Admissions
What are the pros and cons of each with money not being a major issue?
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Replies to: Repeat Sophomore vs. Junior

  • McPucks1357McPucks1357 Registered User Posts: 388 Member
    If you're a varsity athlete it gives you another year to play before college, which could make a big difference in skill level and preparedness for college level play if that's your goal.
  • tennis21tennis21 Registered User Posts: 68 Junior Member
    Thanks, but I am not focused on athletics. Any others?
  • DiveAliveDiveAlive Registered User Posts: 1,734 Senior Member
    I think it'd be harder to get in as a junior (they take less people, right?), and perhaps larger adjustment issues, but with effort, both can be overcome.. (I know I sound like an inspirational poster, forgive me )

    Sorry, I don't have much imput. D:
  • toadstooltoadstool Registered User Posts: 1,145 Senior Member
    Prep schools offer a lot of upper level classes and elective: an academic candy store. The sooner you start, the more access you will have to these goodies. Wait, and you may just need to focus on graduation requirements.

    College searches really start in junior year, and admission will be largely based on your Junior year accomplishments. Better to deal with transition issues in Sophomore year, so that you can really focus on GPA, ECs, and leadership in Junior year.
  • springisintheairspringisintheair Registered User Posts: 451 Member
    It's advantageous to be a repeat soph - older, more mature, chance to be a stronger student, can take variety of coursework, preparation for junior year (college focus on this year)...chance to establish better relationships for reference purposes, more EC opportunites, older entering college is a plus, all around a great choice, especially if $$ is not an issue.
  • toombs61toombs61 Registered User Posts: 775 Member
    Having the chance for my son to repeat or "recapture" his sophomore year has been a God-send. Last year, he suffered a debilitating injury that sidelined him athletically for the entire school term. If he stayed in his current all boys, day school and recovered from his injury, he would fall back in the sports of his choice and quite possibly lose his chance to play varisity in at least one of his programs. By repeating his sophomore year at a BS this fall, my son will be taking a mulligan and, thereby, postioning himself as if he had never lost the prior year athletically, while acquiring a great chance to advance academically and socially. BS has allowed him to turn a terrible misfortune into a wonderful opportunity.
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