Chances for a Canadian Student at Ivies

<p>I am from rural Nova Scotia in Eastern Canada. I go to public school just outside of Halifax.</p>

<p>I am looking at MIT, U Penn, and Harvard.</p>

<p>Ranked 1st in a class of about 200 students. GPA of 4.0 (unweighted)</p>

<p>Average of 96.25, 97.6% for 5 highest marks (Marking is significantly harsher in Canadian schools) </p>

<p>ACT : 30, just retook it, overall composite should have gone up 1-3 points
SAT II : Writing: 760, French: 740, Math IC : 760
SAT I Projected : 1450-1500</p>

<p>University of Waterloo Cayley Math Contest School Champion
University of Waterloo Fermat Contest School Champion & Certificate of Distinction
18th in Atlantic Canada in Atlantic Mathematics Competition for grade 12 students (I was in grade 11)
First class honours with Distinction - Grade 2 Rudiments
Certificate of Distinction for leadership, outstanding musianship, and dedication to music- Canadian Band Association
Certificate of Excellence for outstanding musicianship- Canadian Band Association
ARCT-level piano performance (I am an accomplished pianist)
Kiwanis Music Festival - Consecutive scores of First Class Honours, 2nd place last year in ARCT Open Bach
Highest Academic Standing - Male - Grades 10, 11
Highest Achievement in English - Grade 11
Highest Achievement in Science - Grade 11
Highest Achievement in Mathematics? (They didn't give this award, and I want to know why)
Canadian Summer language Scholarship program - Level 7 - 90%
(I won a scholarship to study French for a month this summer.)</p>

<p>Employment</p>

<p>Piano teaching, tutoring, Jim's Pizza House (table bussing), Canadian Parents for French reading program coordinator</p>

<p>Extracurriculars/Volunteer</p>

<p>Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble - 1st solo trumpet, 2003-2005
Nova Scotia Junior Wind Ensemble - 1st trumpet 2002-2003
Nominated to attend the Huggins Science Seminar at Acadia University
Gay/Straight Alliance, Teen Action Group
Junior Achievement - Vice President of Finance
Math tutoring (every lunch hour of the 2003-2004 school year), this school year
High School Concert Band,Jazz Band 2001-2004
Canadian Parents for French Reading program volunteer
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Youth Project of Halifax Youth Board Leader
Amnesty International Halifax Chapter
"Hear us Out," a youth-driven initiative to bring issues affecting gay youth to government attention</p>

<p>I plan on sending recordings of Bach Prelude and Fugue BWV 860 in G Major, and Chopin's Fantasie-Impromptu Op.66.</p>

<p>I have excellent writing skills and am doing my essay on an original topic.</p>

<p>My recs will be excellent. They are from my French and math teachers. I scored the highest in my school on the provincial standardized grade 12 advanced math exam. My math teacher once said he didn't understand how a student (me) could get marks so high in his class. My French teacher thinks I am one of the most outstanding students he has ever encountered.</p>

<p>I have an excellent relationship with my guidance counselor and will receive good ratings from her.</p>

<p>I am under the impression that American schools are slightly forgiving with Canadian scores because of the differences in curriculum. Virtually all American schools require standardized tests, therefore American students are prepped formally for them. In Canada, admissions is solely based on high school marks and extra-curricular activities, and educational policy varies from province to province where in America, education is nationally coordinated.</p>