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  • Regarding the nature of NSHSS, I think this post stated very well: http://www.collegeprepresults.com/is-nshss-national-society-of-high-school-scholars-a-scam-or-a-real-award/ “These companies (and others like them) do an excellent job of marketi…
  • @NYC2018nyc We got ours last year and they went to the trash can. Did see the bumper sticker once on a car. I guess it is an honor of some sort, but DS doubts it worths $75.
  • Just a general comment regarding Americans and foreign languages. As a non-English speaker myself, it is really interesting to see how foreign languages have been treated here. English as a de facto lingua franca could be a blessing and a curse. So …
  • DS has done six years of Latin (6th-11th grade), for senior year, he could drop Latin IB HL and do IB chemistry SL. In the end, he really likes Latin and loves his Latin teacher, the course would be a lot easier for him, so he chose the easier route
  • We are sending in supplemental materials for music related activities. For most of the schools we have checked, the supplemental materials are sent through third-party portal (such as slideroom) that is directly linked in CA. I think you definitely …
  • @hs2020dad I have heard anecdotally that Harvard requires four years of foreign language, this is from their website “There is no single academic path we expect all students to follow, but the strongest applicants take the most rigorous secondary s…
  • 1200 psat is about 1300 sat since full psat is 1520.
  • Has she already taken psat? If she has, how did she do on that? Prepping SAT kind of kills two birds in one stone in that sense.
  • I also don’t think 38 in IB could be the reason as the IB scores weren't available at the time of college applications. What does your DS want to do? He seems to be a very accomplished kid, does he want to redo senior year?
  • The schools that are more preppy in my mind, tend to have higher percentage of student athletes. Not surprised.
  • We found college tours helped with DS’ SAT prepping. He really liked Swarthmore when we toured it during his sophomore spring break (got his motivation!). We got the CB’s big blue book and the Meltzer’s reading book. I told DS that standardized test…
  • eons ago, when I was a PhD student, science-based international PhD candidates always had scholarships (before they started working for their PhD advisors) or stipends (through grant money and/or TA-ship). But humanity-based phd candidates had far l…
  • You might want to only do the pre-cal over the summer? Being #3 is pretty impressive already, please take time to relax and to decompress. You will soon find out that being happy and healthy are way more important than being a valedictorian. You a…
  • @Busy_Momma I know right! We don’t hear about “free-tuition” much these days! Lol. We haven’t toured Yale for college-purposes. It is a Pipe-dream, but DS is pretty motivated.
  • Congratulations! Please don’t be so obsessed with your grades, you are doing great! I am just a parent of a rising hs senior, if my rising senior were so worried about the grades/chances for Harvard, I would have said my child is too stressed, a…
  • @onthewestfence @hs2020dad We visited Harvey Mudd last summer and liked it, the consortium really works there. I think some schools offer senior/rising senior onsite interviews (not always with AOs), I guess it kind of shows your interests to that …
  • @momzilla2D I definitely could see the positives of exploring different courses before deciding on your concentrations, but do wonder whether schools with open curriculum tend to have lower rate of students graduating in four years?
  • Our DS’ school profile has the number of AP, IB courses offered, percentage of students matriculates into 4-year college, average SAT (break down with Math/EBRW) and ACT (composite) scores, as well as its grading scale. It then highlights specifics …
  • @bigmacbeth Thank you for the laughs! It has been a dreary Monday here. @momzilla2D Wonderful to hear about Brown. It has not been on our radar until recently. Don’t know whether we will (have time to) visit it. I am more traditional in the sen…