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Chances for prep schools? (i.e. Lawrenceville, Exeter, etc.)

mediocratesmediocrates Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
Hi everyone,
So....I’m in 6th grade, but I’d like to start thinking about this high school thing earlier (don’t judge me). I know I have more time to improve, but I’d really like any advice you could give, or any semblance of direction.

I go to a pretty small school, and we don’t get a lot of opportunities to do things, so please keep that in mind. I’ve always wanted to be part of a debate team, but my school doesn’t even support that. I’ve been Googling all over the place to find myself different chances, such as online courses or competitions.

My extracurriculars: I’ve been playing piano for nine years, and have won multiple national and international competitions, and compose some music as well just for fun. I also have been playing the oboe for two years, and am joining a regional orchestra soon. My main thing is writing, and I am working on my second book. My first book is currently in the finals of a publishing competition, and I’m hoping it will go through. I’m also in the Nationals of the National History Bee.
As for my grades; I get straight A’s, but...I’m Asian. And judging by some of the things I’ve seen written on CC, grades don’t make that much of a difference unless they’re bad.
My SSAT is in the 99th percentile for reading, writing, and verbal. Quantitive is 93rd percentile.

Thank you for your attention, I would appreciate any guidance.
If there are any good competitions or academic opportunities you could suggest, that would be great as well.

Replies to: Chances for prep schools? (i.e. Lawrenceville, Exeter, etc.)

  • confusedaboutFAconfusedaboutFA Registered User Posts: 23 Junior Member
    Can't tell if you're ****, but I didn't think about my applications until late May of my 7th grade year. I didn't even know the SSAT existed until then. Why put yourself through this torture?
    Anyways, I'm also Asian (Indian), and I got into L'ville this year with way worse ECs than you. No worries, just don't screw up your grades (contrary to what you think, grades are one of the most important parts of your application). Also, form good relationships with your teachers so you can get those recommendations when you need them.
  • CC4lifeCC4life Registered User Posts: 243 Junior Member
    edited May 5
    I just want to point out that the middle level SSAT that you are taking will not really be important for your app because you have to take the upper level SSAT when applying for 9th grade. Thus, while your SSAT score is good, it is still very early to tell how that score will translate to an upper level score considering that you will have a lot more rigorous math, reading, and vocabulary sections on upper level test.
  • andoverblue21andoverblue21 Registered User Posts: 24 Junior Member
    heyo! it's good that you're starting your research early

    your ssat score looks good and make sure you keep up the work you did to prepare for that test to do well on the ssat. i'm a current 10th grader at Andover and most students at boarding schools at the levels of the schools you listed usually get in the 90ish range. lol and yeah your EC's are wayy better than mine as I only have one national art competition under my belt lol. Just keep up the good work and good luck!
  • mediocratesmediocrates Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Thank you so much for the replies! The advice is really helpful; sorry if I was coming off the wrong way in my post, though. One thing—will it matter much that I’m pretty much a potato and don’t play any sports at all?
  • CaliMexCaliMex Registered User Posts: 1,693 Senior Member
    So.. why Exeter and Lawrenceville?
    Just curious as to what you are looking for in a school.
  • mediocratesmediocrates Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Lawrenceville, because apparently they have a really good language arts program, and I’ve heard about the “house” dorm system from my friend who lives in that area, which seems like it could be quite interesting—Exeter because the debate team in my school is nonexistent, and from the website you can see so many different extracurricular opportunities. I think high school is where I want to expand my horizons a bit more, and these schools specialize in the certain interests that I want to pursue.
  • gardenstategalgardenstategal Registered User Posts: 5,320 Senior Member
    Those are good reasons for those schools, @mediocrates. There are lots of schools that have those (or some variant), so one of the things you should do, since you still have time, is start to research a wider range of schools.

    Take a look at curriculum to see where you can continue your writing. Check out sports requirements. Look at arts requirements and orchestras. It's easiest to get into schools where you can be who you genuinely are and want to be.
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