<p>Hi I'm 14, just graduated 8th grade and I am really concerned and confused. I'm an A/B student. Was in Student Council but not much else. I like to dance but my school has a VERY limited team for 3 grades. about 15 out of 100 girls are accepted(-not me.) I'm already past the enrollment date (Jan 15th?) and so I'd have to apply after first semester freshman year. The thing is I'm most likely the least athletic person out there. I can thank my mom for that. I want to take photography classes but I'm already missing out on history freshman year since my class schedule couldn't fit it-aka no photography. I've looked into other classes and all are for adults in my area. My schools (high school and middle school) both ranked around 25-40 ( Don't wanna tell my school) on the official list of the top 50 schools in IL. If Chicago schools were taken out of the list both my schools would be number 1 on the list. The classes are above average though and have anywhere from 20 to 30+ kids in them and the teachers are only okay. I hate how the teachers are more concerned on gossip than teaching and the huge classes make it hard to have a discussion because it gets to rout-y. I could be a straight A student easily if I tried harder but I sort of slacked off this year. I had 4 A's, 3 B+'s. I'm interested in joining a community service club, snowball ( life without drugs/alcohol in H.S.- don't mind drugs/alchol but looks good on APPs), photography (if there is one) and maybe one or two more. Those are my only E.C.'s. I also played violin for 2 years in grade school and was in Chorus for a year in sixth grade- doubt it helps but tell me if it does! If I managed to maintain a 4.0 or straight A's first semester do you think I could get in Andover? Even with my bad eighth grade year? I love it and would apply elsewhere too but I have my heart set on Andover. I would NEED financial aid but it would be hard to get since my family is only middle class. My dads a lawyer who makes $200,00-300,00 a year ( usually $250,000) and my mom just started a job that is payed by hour ($11). I have a brother too so there is only enough money left over after the bills are paid for a vaca. or two a year. I can only manage to pay $10,000 yearly give or take a bit. I'd be applying for my sophmore year unless you guys think I'd be better off repeating a grade since my school is good but absolutely no Andover for freshman year. Also are acceptance rates higher if i do this? Will colleges look down on this?? I scored exceeding average on ISATs in math and a few other subjects and was in the high above average group for the rest. (ISATS are IL ssats I think..) I do well on those test but not as well on classroom tests. I was doing bad in math ( my best subject) first quarter of 8th grade so i joined a study group that basically used the Harkness method and I went from C+ to an A+ within two weeks and maintained it after that. That is another reason why I think Andover would work well. I've heard they use classroom and Harkness methods when teaching and this would be PERFECT for me!
So now that I've completely bored you with my life story here are my main questions:
1.-Could I get in?
2.-Would my eighth grade year effect anything??
3. -Should I consider repeating a grade to catch up in my studies and fit in?
4. Would they understand I couldn't fit history into my schedule first semester?
5. If I learned quitar or piano woudl it in the next couple months would that help??
** The rest are questions based on if I got into Andover.**
5. Whats a good dorm? ( based on if you think I should repeat or not^^)
6. Whats the clothing like?
7. How did you convince your parents ( if you did)? ( I plan on the 30% go to Ivy schools and the Harkness method example )
9. Definite classes to take!</p>
<p>Thank you in advance and I'm sorry its so confusing. Believe it or not I tried not to make it so bad!!