Chance me for top boarding schools- Andover, Exeter, Deerfield, Lawrenceville

Hello. Anyone’s opinion would be appreciated on my chances of getting accepted into top boarding schools- Andover, Exeter, Deerfield, Lawrenceville, and some others.

I’m from Virginia, I am in 8th grade applying for 9th, and I’m an Asian American female.

I scored a 97 on the SSAT, and I had average/okay interviews with all schools. I’ve had all A’s in school for 7th and 8th. I take all honors classes and I’m currently in geometry for math. I believe my essays were on the better side compared to the average 8th grade student. My teachers recs were probably on the better side, but I don’t know.


  • My main focus is visual art.
  • I also play the violin (8 years) and am in my school’s highest orchestra.
  • I am part of my school’s Model UN team.
  • Debate club that I created with 60 members.
  • I do a little bit of service work as part of an organization.
  • I like to dance as a hobby.
  • NJHS member

Awards/ honors-

  • Scholastic regional awards for artwork: One gold key, and two silver keys.
  • Won gold award for a poem in a regional contest
  • Won regional honorable mention in an art contest.
  • received the highest award for two different standardized tests I took.
  • Honor roll every quarter

Other- I sent in an art portfolio, and I applied for financial aid. I will be needing full financial aid or very close, because my family is far from financially stable.

Thank you so much! Anyone’s opinion is appreciated. :grin:

@Sugar123 you sound like a great kid, and a strong applicant! No one can really chance you, since most of us have no special knowledge, we can’t see your full application, and don’t know the particular institutional needs of the schools. Those are great schools with low admission rates. I hope you applied to other great schools, but that have higher admit rates. (That’s advice I would give to anyone, not just you). Best of luck!

Again, I am a fellow applicant just like you, but you seem really strong. I ask though, do you do any sports?

Thank you for your response! Unfortunately, no I do not do any sports seriously. I do dance, but that is just as a hobby.

Thank you for your response! Yes, I have applied to some schools with higher acceptance rates. Thank you again!

Woah! You’ve been playing violin for 8 years? Same here! :smiley: (well 7 - 8 years). What piece are you currently working on?

I see. Well, you seem very strong to me. I wish you the best of luck.