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Chance me please?

mustangs14mustangs14 Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
edited August 2009 in Prep School Chances
I just did a practice upper level SSAT and got 732 Reading, 766 Verbal, and 794 Quantitative. My total was 2292. I'm not sure what percentiles these are because I don't know how to calculate them, but my SSAT prep booklet said that 50th percentile for 8th grade was 647 Reading, 660 Verbal, and 676 Quantitative.

Since it's 4 in the morning where I live I think I could probably do better if I have more sleep. But based on these scores, what boarding schools do I have a chance at getting into?
I'm really interested in Mercersburg Academy in PA, what's my chance? Also Choate, Concord Academy, Deerfield, and maybe Andover or Exeter (might be a challenge i know).

I go to an independent school for gifted kids and I've gotten straight A's my whole middle school (in lower school we didnt really have letter grades but I still got "meets expectations on my report card every trimester lol). I'm starting 8th grade on Tuesday! I've played percussion in the school band since 4th grade, and participated in Track and Cross Country since 5th grade (although other than that I'm not particularly athletic. I did crew for a few months but couldn't stand waking up that early). I've been taking piano lessons since I was in 2nd grade, and as for clubs I'm in a math club, debate team, science olympiad, creative writing club, band, and an environmental club. (all of these since 6th grade). I volunteer at an animal shelter on weekends, does this help? I'm a pretty strong writer so I think I can write a good essay.

Another question...is ethnicity taken into account by these schools? I'm half Korean half white, I was hoping that could help me, lol.
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  • mustangs14mustangs14 Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    I have another question.

    My school counselor knows some of the people on the admissions board for some of these schools. My school counselor also knows that I have ADHD and take medication.

    Could she call them and off the record tell them about my condition? Is that legal? Because it's not exactly something I want to shout to the world (even though I kind of just did..haha).

    The school I go to has accelerated curriculum, like I'm taking Biology and Geometry in 8th grade this year. I got A's in Algebra and Chemistry last year.
  • PrincipalVPrincipalV Registered User Posts: 950 Member
    Schools like Exeter and all do not have support for students with AHD or ADHD. This to no degree means that you cannot go, it simply means they cannot extend special support for you. From what it seems, you do not need such support.

    Wait till later this year, after SSATs and first quarter grades, to put up a chances thread. Insofar as to what you have now it is really difficult to tell you. Maybe?
  • DiveAliveDiveAlive Registered User Posts: 1,734 Senior Member
    Boarding schools do take ethnicity into consideration (but mostly if you're a URM). Being half Korean/half white won't help you since Koreans aren't considered URM (they're like.. ORM. almost. haha).

    You definitely have a chance for Mercersburg but we can't really judge you since we don't know you personally etc etc.. So honestly, just write a great essay, nail your interview, and cross your fingers! Haha, good luck!
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