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Will I be able to get into Andover, Exeter, and/or Choate?

GloriaC25GloriaC25 16 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 18 Junior Member
edited April 11 in Prep School Chances
Thank you for taking the time to read this post and if you couldn’t tell, I’m sort of new here :). I am taking as much advice as I can because I am super excited and nervous about boarding school and I just wanted to know my chances of getting in. Since I do not know how these posts work and like the format for everything, I’m just going to put basically write everything about me and my boarding school application here. BTW this is pretty lengthy so please just bear with me :).

I’m not entirely sure if this affects anything, but I was born in an extremely small town. My parents are both Asian (Mom is from China and Dad is from South Korea) and they came to the United States I believe 20 years ago, maybe more. Anyways, my family and I moved to another city in 2016, which is bigger than my hometown. My dad is really into academic things and found this financial aid program online called the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Since my sister is older than me, she went through this process first. She applied and got in, which was great. There, her advisors recommended her to go to boarding school. The moment that I heard about it, I researched about it and found the perfect school for me called Phillips Academy Andover. My sister applied to Andover, Exeter, Choate, Deerfield, and Lawrenceville in her 8th grade year for 9th grade. When she got her results back, she was waitlisted on all of them. She was really sad because her dream school was Exeter. The next year, she applied again, only applied to Andover, Exeter, and Choate, and got accepted into all of them. I thought that she was going to Exeter, but went to Andover instead. Not only that, but she got full financial aid coverage (full scholarship) and is currently a Tang Scholar (like how am I supposed to compete with that?? HELP!). So that’s my sister’s story, but enough about her, let’s get to me because I'm the one who needs help (jk but seriously).

I was always really good at math. When I was in 6th grade, I took Accelerated Algebra I (I’m planning to skip Trigonometry to do Calculus). And because I was so excelled in math, I was given an opportunity to skip 2 grades in 2nd grade, but because my parents didn’t want me to because reasons I don't know, so I only skipped one. I am currently 12 years old in 8th grade (turning 13 in June) and I go to a special program for gifted students where 45 students are chosen from 6-8 grade in the whole city and they take classes with high school students. I was fortunate enough to get into the program and I have been there for 1 ½ years now. As I mentioned before, my father found a financial aid program called the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, which I applied to, but I was not able to get into the program. This was very disappointing, but I still had a chance with boarding school. The schools I am applying to are Andover, Exeter, and Choate. My grades are very good. I have never gotten an A- to an F in my life (aka have always gotten A+s if that wording was confusing at all), and from the high school courses I am taking, I currently have a 4.0 GPA even though I’m in 8th grade. The classes I am currently taking in school are PLTW Biomedical Sciences, Algebra 2 Honors, Wind Ensemble (the highest level of band in my school which is only for the most advanced students and you have to submit a recording of yourself playing your instrument), Spanish 2 Honors, Humanities, Philosophy, and Physics First Honors. My extracurricular activities (only school clubs) include Math Club, Art Club, Yearbook, and Student Council. I have been doing Math Club for 5 years and have won multiple competitions, such as SBU (a competition in only in Missouri I believe), MathCounts, and AMC8. I have been in art club and yearbook club, both, for 3 years. And for Student Council, I was the 6th Grade Representative and I am currently the 8th grade Vice President. For music, I play 3 instruments and take private lessons for those and I also take voice lessons. I play piano (8 years), flute (4 years), and guitar (recently started but have been wanting to play since I was 7). I have won multiple competitions for piano and flute, receiving a 1, the highest score, in all competitions, and for band, I have won the best player in the band and I have won 1s in a duet and a solo competition. For sports, I have always been extremely active and have been through many sports, but due to other activities and clubs, I was not able to keep all of the sports and just stuck to the one that I have been doing for the longest time: swimming. I have won too many competitions to count, so I won’t waste your time by typing them all here.

I’ll attempt to make this short but I 110% doubt it will be. This will just be about the application and language stuff. So since my parents are from China and Korea, I have always been at least trilingual. So as a list of languages I can speak fluently or am really advanced in are Chinese, Korean, English, Spanish (will continue taking classes for Spanish though), French, and Japanese (and am wanting to learn Thai). So for my interviews, I went to the campus for Andover so I could get the full experience and to see my sister, but for Exeter and Choate I decided to do a Skype interview because the plane tickets cost a lot and the hotel fee would just exceed all limits financial wise. For my Andover interview, I was extremely lucky because my interviewer was the assistant director and she was the one who admitted my sister. We talked for a long period of time and I was surprised when I was told it took more than an hour because it only felt like 30 minutes. For Exeter, it also lasted for more than an hour and I got really great feedback from my interviewer. And for Choate, the interview lasted for only 30 minutes because she was conducting only 30 minute interviews, so I wasn’t too worried about the time limit on that (also got great feedback but Choate isn’t my dream school). Recommendation time (sorry for writing in big paragraphs)! I believe that my recommendations were amazing because I am very close to my teachers and I always participate in class because I really like my classes. They all seemed very excited to write a recommendation for me so I’m not too worried about it. Also, I’m hoping that my essays are good because even though I’m good at writing essays, I’m not the best. But the thing I am worried about is my SSAT Score. I took the SSAT 3 times, in November, December, and January, but I got the same exact score on all of them (I mean like how does one do that?). My reading and verbal scores fluctuated a bit but on all three times, my math score was a perfect 800. I scored a 90% on all three and when I asked the admissions office at the three schools, they said it didn’t hurt if I turned them all in, so I did. I just know how it affects your chances, and I just want to know if it is too low because I thought it was and it is lower than Andover’s average SSAT score rate. Living to the expectation of my sister is really hard to do since she was good at everything she did and she also scored in the 99th percentile on her first try on the SSAT. I just feel really bad about spending so much money of my parents’ and if I don’t get in, I will just feel really terrible.

I guess I just really want to know my chances of getting in just to be prepared in case I don't (so I don't raise my hopes up too much). I also apologize if you felt like I was bragging, I just wanted to give as much information to the people who comment, so they can give the most accurate answer. Thank you so much for bearing with me through the monstrous post, and I hope you all have an amazing day!!!!! (PS please tell me if I missed any information because I do not want to add anything else here :) ).
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  • CaliMexCaliMex 1684 replies34 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,718 Senior Member
    Congratulations on all of your accomplishments so far! You probably have an excellent chance at getting into Andover, though given your young age, it also is possible that they might prefer you wait a year, like your sister did. That is not necessarily a bad thing, and if it happens, please don’t take it as a rejection. As I tell my kids, just be sure to continue to work hard, be kind to others, and be persistent. Things will work out!
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  • GloriaC25GloriaC25 16 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 18 Junior Member
    edited February 2018
    @CaliMex My interviewer had told me that there are a lot of people there with my same age and said that it wouldn't be a problem so I'm hoping that it won't affect anything!
    edited February 2018
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  • GloriaC25GloriaC25 16 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 18 Junior Member
    I just remembered a few more things from my original post, so I hope you can take this into account as well. I am in a club called HOSA which is a club for future health professionals. What it basically is, is a club where we raise awareness around my school about certain diseases or just things to raise awareness about for each month. For example, (starting from September to January) our club conducted a Mental Illness Awareness Week, Say Something Call To Action Week, Pick Your Project where my group created a simulation for students to see how people with Alzheimer's behave, Holidays for the Homeless Month, and finally this month we did a project on Generation Rx and how it is affecting people in high school. The last thing is community service. I had totally forgotten about this for some reason, but here it is. I have been volunteering at a nursing home since 2013 by playing piano and flute for the elderly with my sister. It is a great opportunity for me because from that I have gotten used to talking to different people. I was also in a club called Green Team, which was a community service club, but unfortunately, the teacher sponsor left the school, and I was only able to stay in it for a year. I hope these things add on or help things a little bit more!
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  • PublisherPublisher 7391 replies76 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 7,467 Senior Member
    SSAT Verbal & Reading percentiles ?
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  • GloriaC25GloriaC25 16 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 18 Junior Member
    Both were 86%, which I know is pretty low. I think part of the reason is that my parents always speak to me in Chinese and Korean, so I don't have that extra "English talking" at home, but I know that it is probably not a valid reason. I had studied a lot, but when I did the test, I got that score, so I don't know what I did wrong. But anyway, those are my scores!
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  • NYTXCANYTXCA 18 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 19 Junior Member
    Andover admitted many students who have siblings enrolled currently. You have a very good chance.
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  • GloriaC25GloriaC25 16 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 18 Junior Member
    @NYTXCA I heard that it helped your chances from others, so thank you for reassuring the claim! Thank you!
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  • GloriaC25GloriaC25 16 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 18 Junior Member
    I have heard a lot about "hooks" for boarding school, but I'm not exactly sure what they are. Could someone explain them and/or see if I have any? Thank you so much!
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  • babymalcolmbabymalcolm 120 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 122 Junior Member
    A hook is something that separates you from the majority of applicants. Examples include legacy, development, URM, or recruited athlete.

    As for you, your hook would be your sister attending Andover. Remember this doesn’t guarantee acceptance!
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  • GloriaC25GloriaC25 16 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 18 Junior Member
  • GloriaC25GloriaC25 16 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 18 Junior Member
    Just as an extra note, I was accepted to Andover with a full scholarship and was waitlisted to Exeter and Choate. Thank you for all of your help! :)
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  • PublisherPublisher 7391 replies76 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 7,467 Senior Member
    edited March 2018
    Congratulations !

    Because of your age, I think that it is wonderful that you will be attending the same boarding school as your older sister.

    Also, your success story needs to be told because your 86% SSAT score was sufficient for Andover--arguably the brainiest prep school in the country.

    P.S. Don't forget to thank your father !
    edited March 2018
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  • GloriaC25GloriaC25 16 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 18 Junior Member
    My family and I knew that my 90% total score on the SSAT was going to be a little low for Andover, but we think that my sister being at Andover was a huge bonus for me. Thank you so much for your nice comment!
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  • PublisherPublisher 7391 replies76 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 7,467 Senior Member
    Sorry about the 86% which was from your February 20th post. Apparently that was your score for both verbal & reading.
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  • GloriaC25GloriaC25 16 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 18 Junior Member
    edited March 2018
    That’s ok. I understand it was confusing. :)
    edited March 2018
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  • missinghome21missinghome21 127 replies10 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 137 Junior Member
    @GloriaC25 Hey! I just stumbled across this thread but I wanted to say congratulations! You're really young and super talented! I'm sure you'll be wonderful at Andover :) Good luck!
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  • yuor28yuor28 73 replies8 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 81 Junior Member
    First of all - congratulations!

    Secondly ... How many hours do you have in a day?? Where do you find time to do all your classes, activities, sports?? That is just overwhelmingly impressive!!!
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  • GloriaC25GloriaC25 16 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 18 Junior Member
    @missinghome21 Wow I'm sorry, I haven't been on CC for such a long time! Just thought I would check up on some things back here. Thank you so much, I really appreciate it!! So far it's been pretty good, so I'm hoping it'll stay like that lol :)
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  • GloriaC25GloriaC25 16 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 18 Junior Member
    @yuor28 Thank you so much and so sorry for the extremely late replay! I've just been trained all my life to focus on academics, so I never really thought much about free time as a child, which isn't probably the best, but it's made me into who I am today. I guess I just sort of used up every second I got to finish things and I had to add extra time in whether it was staying up until 1AM doing homework or finishing up a science project or English paper on the pool decks of my old swim team. I think just using time like that can really make a difference. Thank you so much for your comment!
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  • Boarding2019Boarding2019 31 replies3 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    @GloriaC25 Congrats. Were you also admitted to Choate and Exeter? Hope all is well at PA.
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