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BS Class of 2017 Thread


Replies to: BS Class of 2017 Thread

  • jdeweyjdewey Registered User Posts: 333 Member
  • payn4wardpayn4ward Registered User Posts: 3,149 Senior Member
    DS1 is '17 at local public school.
    burying my head in the sand...
  • payn4wardpayn4ward Registered User Posts: 3,149 Senior Member
    edited December 2015
    December SAT scores came out so DS17 (class of 17, I don't have 17 boys ;) ) is done with Math II Subject test.
    He took it cold last June after finishing Precalculus, so that outcome was not pretty. But apparently December test was much easier than June one, he says.
    One down many more to go.
    I call this Junior year "Annus Test" or "Annus Nito"
  • Charger78Charger78 Registered User Posts: 711 Member
    ^^ We have found it helpful to give the kids a list of school names that may serve as a starting point, given our understanding of the individual kid and what might be a spectrum from reach to likely, which the student then can use for their own research agenda. As opposed to them shooting in the more or less dark, or perhaps too influenced by what peers are chattering about. Sometime later, the discussion with the school counselor revised the "working" list.
  • patronyorkpatronyork Registered User Posts: 439 Member

    I am so pleased to read your posting. It is exactly what I tell my DS.
    I guess I shared the following article by M. Mulligan, head of Thacher School, somewhere on the forum but in case people missed it..


  • payn4wardpayn4ward Registered User Posts: 3,149 Senior Member
    The remaining slots go to the geniuses.
    love this
  • SevenDadSevenDad Registered User Posts: 4,273 Senior Member

    Sad that I can't both like that post and note is as helpful.
  • TheStig2TheStig2 Registered User Posts: 221 Junior Member
    edited December 2015
    @GMTplus7 Thanks for sharing. As you already know, 11th grade is a tough academic year. Hoping for good news for him on January 7th and the rest of the year.
  • patronyorkpatronyork Registered User Posts: 439 Member

    MY DS became suddenly interested in some most competitive colleges. The problem in life is, in many cases, associated with the word 'suddenly'. Ha Ha. But what can I do? I just cheered him up and ended our conversation by saying all he needed would be do his best and the result cannot then be too painful. We all know that endurance, patience and passion along with being a nice person, other than the top colleges, would make our lives happy and successful.
  • Charger78Charger78 Registered User Posts: 711 Member
    ^^ For a viable candidate, nothing wrong with a couple "most competitive" targets on an otherwise balanced list.

    Talk about "endurance, patience and passion", just came home from seeing "The Big Short". Fabulous film that needs to be seen. We should hope, and insist, that our children at boarding school embrace integrity, responsibility and empathy in their own lives and become agents for good. Unbridled greed is devastating to the common wealth. ~O)
  • patronyorkpatronyork Registered User Posts: 439 Member
    @Charger78, Thanks. I will try to watch the film. Sounds like fun.

    I think one of the many reasons for sending the kids to a (good) boarding school is help them learn integrity and values needed to become a good citizen. I am not saying they can't learn them from public schools but I found boarding schools, if they are supposed to a 'good' one, education is much more focused on those. Integrity and honor code become a part of life there.
  • GoatMamaGoatMama Registered User Posts: 1,066 Senior Member
    With a class of 2020 kid, I clearly don't belong to a class of 2017 thread. Nevertheless, the last two posts by @Charger78 and @patronyork hit close to home, so I wanted to share my thoughts. My 14-year-old has been in a private school since 4 year old. What distinguishes her from her peers is precisely the personal integrity and honor code that have become an inherent part of who she is. I wish I could take credit for it but I can't. It's really the school that has shaped her into this ethical and empathetic human being. When we started on this über expensive private school journey 10 years ago, all I was concerned with was academic rigor and competitiveness. What I ended up appreciating most are those "intangibles." Surely it's nice that she can score in the 90s on any test, but that's not what people see or even know for that matter. What they see - and what makes her stand out - is her integrity, values, and respect for everyone. I truly hope that these qualities will be nurtured and further enhanced in whichever BS she ends up going to. Anyhow, I really like your perspective, so thanks for the great posts!
  • LeafyseadragonLeafyseadragon Registered User Posts: 208 Junior Member
    Another 2017 parent here, already dreading the college process. Many of you have read my post about my son coming home after 2 years at BS. He is happier and healthier here. However, changing schools adds a huge obstacle to using any naviance system.

    Question: have any of your children gotten summer enrichment program solicitations from Stanford and Harvard? My son has, and I wonder how they got his name. He did well on the SAT, but not truly amazing or anything. Could it be the PSAT? Or even his boarding school from last year? Anyway, just curious.
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