Are my grades too low?

<p>This is a rough estimation...</p>

<p>Intro to Art: 90
Comp and Lit Honors: 97
Bio: 90
French I: 97
World History Honors: 80-90 (it's relly hard to tell because he calculates our GPA on this really strange scale)
Theology: 98
Algebra I: 90</p>

<p>Unlike a lot of people on this board, I had a tough transition into high school... I'm considering applying to Choate and GDA (among a few others)--are my grades OK?
By the way, in the middle of the year I plan to take a geometry online course (CTY) so I can take Trig sophmore year..</p>

<p>Your grades are fine.Do your best on the SSAT and pick a couple more schools
I think you will be okay</p>

<p>ATNO3, are you currently in 9th grade? As Momof2sons notes, you will probably want to add some schools. Your grades seem adequate. I'm assuming your school does not practice grade inflation. Is your school Public, Independent ?</p>

<p>No, you grades seem fine--often schools will just looked at what grades you have, and it won't matter if you have an A- or an A, because they know that some teachers give A-s, and some only give As (I have some teachers who consider a 90 to be an A). Good idea taking Geometry--waiting until tenth grade will leave you with less options if you want to study more advanced things later in high school.</p>

<p>Yeah, I'm in 9th grade. I go to a private school...
Currently my list is: GDA, Choate, Exeter (probably a huge reach for me) and Lawrenceville. Do you have any suggestions?
What I'm looking for is a medium to large sized school in a suburban area. I want a good drama/arts program. I'm going to need financial aid (twin sisters going to college in fall '07) and strong academics are key also...</p>

<p>I think that what is more important than grades is your class ranking. For schools like Exeter, Choate and Lawrenceville, being in the top 10% of your class would be best; you probably can go as low as 20% - 30% depending on other parts of your application and how competitive your school is. Even if your school does not rank, if you look at the recommendation forms that are part of the application, they ask the recommender to do some ranking. </p>

<p>While I encourage you to apply to these 3 schools, you probably want to add a few more schools like GDA, which I think is now called the Governor's Academy. You said that you want a boarding school that is mid-to-large in size and in a suburban area with a good arts program. You might want to look at Peddie, which is close to Lawrenceville. While the boarding group is only around 40% (a negative), you might want to consider The Masters School which is a 30 min. train ride away from NYC, and is known for its arts program. </p>

<p>I'm sure there are many more that would meet your criteria, and others on this board can add suggestions, especially of schools surrounding Hartford, CT and Boston. You might want to do a search on "art" or "the arts" to find other discussions on this subject. Good luck!</p>

<p>Consider Concord Academy - strong academics and arts.</p>