I’m trying to help my S decide whether to retake the ACT and how much time to spend on preparing for it. As a parent I am also wondering whether he has a real shot at any of these reachier LACs. How much will raising the ACT help in these test optional times? Thanks
Full Pay (happy to receive merit but not required)
Interested in sciences and history, but undecided at this time.
GPA after junior year could range somewhere between 3.75-3.9. School does not weight.
School does not rank but certainly in top 25%, maybe higher
ACT 33 Composite. Lowest section was math, at 30. Scheduled to retake in December, but need help understanding how much raising this score this will help.
I can’t get a straight answer from the GC about the rigor checkbox. He won’t get highest rigor but maybe the next one down? School offers many APs but generally kids only take one math, one science, one FL, one English. Can load up in social studies but no one takes ten APs here. Things like AP Psych or AP Human Goegraphy are not offered. The occasional student might take 2 in math or 2 in science but those cases are rare. Maybe 8 APs would be the absolute max for the kids that end up at ivies or similar.
MATH: Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra 2, Honors precalc (Likely AP Calc AB Senior year)
SCIENCE: Biology, Honors Chemistry, Honors Physics (will sit for AP Physics 1 test this year on teacher advice), Marine Science, Climate change & technology (Possible AP Bio or AP Chem Senior year)
FL: Spanish 3, 4, 5 (AP Spanish senior year)
ENGLISH: World Lit, American Lit, English electives junior year (English electives senior year, school classifies all grade 12 as post AP level) *(This is one AP he did not want to take, not his favorite subject and the English dept very challenging overall)
SOCIAL STUDIES: World history, US History, AP Euro, (Senior year could take AP US Gov or regular social studies elective)
ARTS: Four semesters of theatre and visual arts
Third degree black belt in Taekwondo, working towards 4th degree. Started practicing at age 6.
Teaches taekwondo - was student teacher in 9th grade and paid teacher since sophomore year
Active in theatre productions, has had role every production spring and fall. possible leadership position senior year.
Active in school charity club raising money for hunger, probable leader senior year.
Kickboxing and jujitsu starting mid sophomore year
Member of various other clubs, recreational guitar player
Grocery store job sterilizing shopping carts during Covid summer 2020
Will have strong recs based on strong performance and teachers always loving having him in their class. No essay yet as he is a junior. In an interview, will likely do very well, is very personable.
School sends 100% to four year colleges. Naviance spans ten years so it’s sometimes hard to tell what is recent and things have gotten tougher during that time.
Colleges he’s considering and also some that I want him to consider:
Reach: Wesleyan, Bates, Bowdoin, Tufts, Pomona, Pitzer
Reach/Match: Vassar, Carleton, Grinnell
Match: Skidmore, Whitman, Lafeyette, Macalester
Likely: Denison, St Olaf, Puget Sound, Lewis and Clark, Eckerd
He doesn’t think he wants rural so Grinnell may not make the list, but the students there sound like such a fit that I want him to consider it. Things can change over the next year.
Also open to midsized schools if anyone can suggest that a down to earth smart quirky theater kid might like in the vein of Carleton, Grinnell, Wesleyan, Bates type vibe. He liked Wesyelan and Tufts on our visits and those are bigger.