I’m reposting this with a lot of edits, since a lot of things changed in the recent months (narrowed down schools, etc) so here we go?
Just some background: I’m currently on summer break, but I’ll be an eighth grader upon returning to school, and I live in Switzerland.
I am applying to: (for 9th grade)
Phillips Exeter Academy
Phillips Academy in Andover
I’m only applying to these two schools because I already go to an excellent school, and so it’s only really in my interest to move schools if it’s a huge improvement, also because my school’s K-12 so I already have a viable high school option.
FA: I do go to a private IB school, however my parents receive an education grant from the UN, so I have to be applying for FA wherever I decide to apply to.
Grades: We don’t get ranked, or have a GPA, or actually even get number grades for some reason, until this upcoming school year, however my grades have always been excellent, even though there are a few Bs in there every now and then. Definitely mostly A+/As.
I speak English, French and Spanish fluently as mother tongue languages, and I just finished my second year of learning German.
Soccer, basketball, tennis, conservatory level piano for eight years, I graduated from a music theory program at the same school with honors, I do LAMDA theater, just took the exam and am expecting a very high grade, taught myself guitar, a few extra music classes (improv, electronic music) I do history bee (2 years, last year got 4th place in the varsity category with 16 year olds), and I compose music in my free time.
Next year I plan on doing one or two sports, theatre, piano and piano improv, and history bee, though this might change.
Our school being an IB school has a Service Action program. I raised money to send “Ultimate Frisbee kits” to schools all across Zambia, and made sure that they were taught to play the sport, including schools for people with impaired hearing, etc. This year was difficult because of COVID so only thing was a canned food drive.
Tests are optional this year, so should I take them? It would be quite difficult, (I believe there’s no test center in my country, but I haven’t checked recently) but my parents believe it would help given that I’m “unknown” as in not from a US school?
Last thing, I’m transgender (female-to-male), and currently in the middle of figuring out social transition plans etc, which is an awful timeline considering I need to start my application extremely soon. I know these schools have all-gender dorms which I would be very interested in, which is another of the reasons I’m only applying to these two, but will my being trans affect my application negatively, or are there any extra steps I should take?
I think there’s no huge “hook” to my application, it’s more well-rounded with sports/arts, etc, instead of a huge focus on one thing.
What do you think my chances are and is there anything I should improve or highlight? This was extremely long so thank you for reading!