Are you rasing your sons to be a competent ivy league applicants?

<p>My S is 11 year old and he often tells me he is determined to go to ivy league. He is hard working, quite self discipline, and is now in a good private school.</p>

<p>Please share your stories on how to prepare him in every aspects to be a capable candidate for ivy league colleges?</p>

<p>I'm not, I'm trying to supply with what I hope to be the right tools enabling him to have a happy, productive, successful life for which he in return will be able to give something back to the world.
That's it in a nutshell mtime not too keen on the faculty at most of the ivy's. Read an article this past summer (I think it was the nyt) where the "Yale" dean of forestry & environmental studies advocated socialism. This from a "dean" of any ivy institution supposedly preparing our kids for their future? My personal feeling is that the vast majority of professors advocate the same ideology at most of the ivy's. I'm sure it's just not the ivy professors and certainly not all of them, but this was a Yale dean. The same I would think applies to colleges in respect to finding the "right fit" even if it means I have to tolerate an ivy league institution, but I'll manage, probably won't complain, maybe ok, I guess, if that's where he wants to go, ok twist my arm. Sorry if this does not answer your query.</p>

<p>I would put about as much stock in an 11 year old child telling me he wanted to to an Ivy League school as I would in him or her telling me he wanted to be a pilot, or a fireman, or an astronaut.</p>


<p>Your son will probably wind up at a regional campus of a lower tier state university.</p>

<p>I'd like more advice on how to prepare my daughter to become a fine, young lady. We have her practicing her needlepoint a few hours per day, and her lacemaking on Saturdays.</p>

<p>As for your son, hmmmm, I think you may be starting a bit late. 11? You're at least a decade behind. Our sonny's been on the Ivy-league track since age 2, with a full regimen that I dare not disclose. I think that Fun is Fun could probably sell you some helpful hints.</p>

<p>Not homeschooling him for spelling would be where I recommend starting.</p>

<p>Having him read through your past posts so your active imagination might rub off on him would be another useful tip.</p>

<p>For example, you might not actually want to send him to Asia, by himself, at age 11 (as indicated elsewhere). But you can have him pretend he did that and get basically the same experience without the expense for airfare, accommodations, connections, ransom money for the slave trade, etc.</p>

<p>And finally, when it comes time to apply, there's someone here on CC who's offering to share "the most personal and powerful essay ever written," so grab that now, while you can.</p>

<p>That would be my A to Z plan for your child.</p>

<p>Was it not Duke whose faculty decided to take the law into their own hands re: the basketball team and the false accusations of a girl??? And, never apologized? My child will not be applying there.</p>

<p>It was their Lacrosse team. The DA, Nifong gave an apology but too late and not accepted. The 88 Duke professors and staff taking out a full page advertisement condemning the boys never apologized. The Duke President Brodhead gave a lame apology which sounded more like a lesson. Believe me, it was a real living nightmare.</p>

<p>Proper nutrition.</p>

<p>It's hard to imagine that an 11 year old has any real ability to choose a college. "Go ivy league" is also a very broad statement - the Ivies vary a lot. It is also the case that for virtually all applicants, there is no sure path to the Ivies these days. So, I suggest you not focus on this goal, but just help him become the best son you can.</p>

<p>what's up with this emerging trend of precocious preteens (they all seem to be eleven years old, btw) contemplating BS and Ivies on this forum? My son, at the ripe old age of 13, appears to have missed his peak :)</p>

<p>Maybe a tour of the Seven Sister colleges would give him more options :) Without them he's missing out on some great schools!</p>