art/tech and education programs for my brother

<p>This is a repost from the old threads, so I thank those of you who have already given advice, and I look forward to getting more great suggestions from all of you helpful parents!</p>

<p>My brother is currently a sophomore, and is just beginning his college search. He may study abroad for a year or a semester next school year, so he and my parents are trying to get a jump start on looking at colleges. </p>

<p>He has mostly B+'s with some A's in regular (as opposed to honors) classes in his freshman year and so far about the same this year. He goes to a competitive public high school on Long Island. </p>

<p>He has yet to take a real SAT but generally has scored around 1300-1350 on practice tests. </p>

<p>He is a pretty darn good artist, in my opinion (which is probably somewhat biased). He takes lessons in that and piano. He sings in chorus at school, and was selected as a member of the select choir in his junior high school in 9th grade. He likes woodworking and is quite good at it. He's also been in a couple of school plays, but not the lead roles. </p>

<p>Basically, he's interested in maybe becoming a teacher. I think his ideal job would be to teach the tech/woodworking classes. However, he is also considering art and architecture programs as well, but is not hugely committed to that. </p>

<p>He would probably do best in a smaller school with more personal attention, as he has been known to recieve better grades and make more friends in a more intimate environment. </p>

<p>He also tells us he'd much prefer going to school in a rural environment, although region of the US isn't really an issue at all. </p>

<p>He also volunteers helping with children's summer programs at a local museum, and interacts really well with kids. I think it is for this reason that he wants to be a teacher. </p>

<p>He is not an athletic kid, nor do I expect him to be really into partying, as he's much more on the quiet side. </p>

<p>He also wants to go to a college where he can continue being involved in music and maybe theater, even if he is not a prodigy in these areas.</p>

<p>My family, like I said, has just started the process, so they don't have a really good idea of the schools that would be appropriate yet. </p>

<p>What do you think?</p>

<p>A side note on the SAT; in sophmore year I scored 1300 and then junior year my score went up to 1540. You will very possibly see the same pattern with your brother - I really think there's a great difference between sophmore and junior year, but that could just be at my school. Good luck!</p>

<p>Yes, I definitely think he has potential to improve on the SAT. I too improved quite a bit in just one year. Especially since the SAT is changing, I imagine his score will be different too. But I was just attempting to give a baseline.</p>

<p>His artistic interests may lead him into quite different directions. Check into arts colleges such as Mass College of Arts, Savannah College of Arts (one of my S's friends is applying there); RISD, Syracuse (it has a strong graphic arts program). Some colleges allow cross-registering at fine arts colleges. I believe Tufts has an arrangement with the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston.</p>