Chance me, very important! :)

<p>I am trying to decide whether or not I should apply to a boarding school for my freshman year. I'm going to be an 8th grader in the fall, so if I plan on applying I've got to start considering it now. :) </p>

<p>I'm currently a straight-A student at my school, a public middle school in Ohio. After having attended two private schools and not particularly liking either, I decided to transfer to public school, and am now thinking that I will have a better chance of getting into my college of choice (Dartmouth or Stanford) if I attend a prep school. </p>

<p>I have straight A's, and as a seventh grader took Honors Algebra and Spanish 1B. Next year (8th grade) I'm taking Honors Geometry and Spanish 2 (high school courses) along with standard 8th grade courses. I also took the (regular) ACT in seventh grade and got a 27 composite (23 math, 29 english, 27 reading, 27 science). </p>

<p>What are my chances at the following schools: Andover, Exeter, Middlesex, Groton, Milton?</p>

<p>Thanks in advance (:</p>

<p>Bump 10char</p>

<p>It couldn't hurt to at least apply, so why not? You don't need to ask if your chances are good enough and base that on whether you apply or not. Let March 10th be your answer.</p>

<p>Okay, thanks. Still, I would sort of like to know how realistic it is for me to expect to be admitted.</p>

<p>You seem like a good applicant. Mabye you ought to look into St. Paul's as well.</p>

<p>Thanks! :) I will definitely look into it.</p>

<p>going to a prep school is not going to increase ur college acceptance rate much. things are so competitive these days the person u are rather than the school u go to matters more.</p>

<p>The only question mark I would see in your application is the 2 private schools followed by the public. If you've been at your current school for a few years it shouldn't be an issue, but if not, be prepared to answer questions about why the private schools didn't work for you. Secondary schools will want to make sure you're not a fickle student who will leave after only a year or 2.</p>

<p>@Sue22, the first private school I went to I attended from preschool through third grade, and I enjoyed my time there, but moved away after third grade and was unable to continue attending school there. The second private school I attended was incredibly small (30 students per grade) and was all-girls, and I didn't like the drama. The social atmosphere was unwelcoming and the school administration was unwilling to discuss problems.</p>

<p>well your reasons for applying to secondary are very narrow minded. private may not be right for u.</p>

<p>@candidate123, I probably should have mentioned this before, but increasing my chances of getting into my college of choice isn't my only reason for wanting to apply. At my current school, learning is a chore. Everyone puts in minimal effort and is satisfied with c's. Whoever actually tries their hardest to succeed at school is weird and a huge nerd. I just think that I would love an environment where I can be free to learn as much as I want, and where academic success is encouraged by students and teachers alike.</p>

<p>Ooh, grammatical error above :P sorry, I meant that they ARE satisfied with C's.</p>

<p>You were right the first time. Everyone...IS satisfied. :-)</p>

<p>It sounds like your reasons to want to attend BS are on target. It can be freeing to attend a school where learning is valued by the entire community and you grades are evidence that you can handle the challenge. Do make sure to put a few safeties on your list. As in college admissions, admit rates at top BS's are quite low and every year the schools waitlist many extremely well qualified students.</p>

<p>Thanks, haha :) </p>

<p>I wasn't thinking that just attending would increase my chances of getting into a college, I was thinking that if I could handle taking extremely difficult classes at a top BS, it could better prepare me for college.</p>

<p>the word "everyone" happens to be singular, so "is" is the correct form. You didn't need to correct yourself.</p>

<p>ok. just checking. haha your second reason kind of rounded it out. :) sorry</p>

<p>Just remember that you'll be taking upper level exams rather than middle- and there's a big difference because sophmores, juniors, etc. will be taking the same standardized test as you. Previously, you're doing the same work as the sixth graders. So make sure you continue to do well as you get older. You look like a good applicant... what about extra curriculars, though?</p>

<p>Thank you, manhattanite. As you can see from the time I posted it, it was very late and I was half asleep already. haha :)</p>

<p>yea i would go for it, the sooner the better, in terms of safety, etc. also, if you go, you will have a better time adjusting coming in as a new freshman as opposed to coming in as a new sophomore.</p>

<p>Take this as an encouragement!
I personally know a friend of mine from Groton who made it to harvard.The chances are good and in your favor.(really!)</p>