I have already applied to some privy’s here in the Bay:
-Menlo School (Atherton Resident)
-Crystal Springs Uplands School (have a connection there)
I am a current 9th grader, attending Palo Alto High School (Paly, have two houses rn). I am applying for 9th grade (even though I already am a 9th grader) because chances of getting in are much better than 10th. I talked with the admission teams at all the schools and they were fine with it.
I am Asian-American, as both parents are Indian. So ORM…
Took the SSAT-At-Home this December:
Overall: 99th percentile (2355)
Math: Perfect Score (800/99th)
Verbal: Perfect Score (800/99th)
Reading Comp.: 755 (96th percentile)
All A’s throughout this HS semester and middle school. A couple A+'s here and there, but never an A-. I skipped one year of math and am taking 10th grade honors math atm.
-Academic (In-School): Basically none. I have never been recognized for any school achievement, though I did skip one year in math.
-Piano: I have been playing piano for six/seven years. Currently, I am level 9 in the Certificate of Merit program (highest level is level 10). Every level, I got both branch and state honors. I organized a series of concerts with a few of my studio’s friends for elderly homes in the area, and have been recognized by the SF Chronicle. We have done 8 concerts so far. I also have got medals in many piano competitions, such as US Open, Steinway, etc… I also got an “excellent” rating in my branch’s Autmn Festival this year.
-Clarinet: I have been playing clarinet for four years. I am concertmaster for my school band (basically meaningless) and am first clarinetist in California Youth Symphony. I qualified for All-County Band 2x and All-State band this year.
-Tennis: Qualified for All-NorCal 2x and am planning to be on the team this year (tryouts in Feb/March).
-Coding: Started doing competitive coding recently, and I have qualified for USACO Gold level. I was a top scorer in Bronze and Silver, but never got a perfect score.
-TEAMS and SciOly: Qualified for TSA Teams National competition last year (cancelled because of COVID). Probably will qualify again, but not in time for providing and update. I did SciOly from 6th to 8th grade. I got a few medals, but, more importantly, I have made many new friends through it and gained lots of experience and knowledge.
-Clubs: High position in Science Fair club during MS, and I am part of two coding clubs.
-There are some other things I have done, but I decided not to include them for privacy reasons.
-Plan to continue all of these over the course of my HS career
I am really good at writing essays, as I have had an English tutor since elementary school. I did procrastinate a bit, so they aren’t as good as I would have liked them to be. I am talking about my concerts for the elderly and the digital divide. Idk about the parent essays; I assume they are pretty good as they spent a lot of time on them. When asking for talent, I usually responded with music/piano/clarinet. Short answer question answers were pretty good.
I got a recommendation from my current English and Math teachers, and also my 8th grade English and Math teachers. I am expecting a very strong rec from my 8th grade math teacher, and pretty good ones from my 8th English and current math. I also had to get a letter of rec from my advisory teacher, who I have a pretty good relationship with. No personal recs :(.
Thanks for reading (I know this is rly short, but I hope it gives a decent overview of my application)!