Oftentimes, one of the most difficult aspects of the high school admissions process is choosing the school you would like to attend. This makes sense, as picking a school requires a lot of critical thought and careful decision making. After all, you will have to attend the high school you end up choosing for the next four years of your life. This is why it is incredibly important to make sure that you have a fundamental understanding of what your high school offers.
In order to ensure that you choose the school that is the right fit for you, it is critical to attend any of the schools’ events. Usually, high schools will have open houses that you can attend to learn more about the school. It is important to listen to everything a faculty member or student says as they often reveal important information about what activities are offered at the school and what classes you will be taking. This is also a chance to ask any questions you may have about the school. I recommend that you write down all of your questions in advance so that you can easily pose them to students and faculty on an open house tour.
When choosing a high school, there are several important factors to consider. The location of the school will determine the length of your commute. Are you willing to commute long distances or would you prefer to attend a school closer to your home? It is also important to take advantage of any major talent that you have. For example, if you are an excellent pianist, you may want to consider a musical school if that interests you such as LaGuardia High School. Lastly, if you are thinking about what schools to apply to, you should look into their application requirements. Some schools, such as the specialized high schools, require a placement test for admission that you will have to study for.
Ultimately, the important message to take away from this blog article is to make sure you have a full understanding of every school you apply to. Make sure you visit the school and scan through the school’s website. Choosing a school solely because of its ranking or whether or not you know people who attend the school is a poor way to determine how the next four years of your life will unravel. Choose a school that you love and can see yourself thriving in.
Paris William Polatidis is a Junior at Xavier High School in NYC. He enjoys playing tennis, writing for the Xavier Review, and helping others out when they need support.
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Volunteering and extracurriculars are activities that can benefit both the community and yourself. For middle school students, volunteering and doing extracurriculars provide opportunities to develop new skills and interests and demonstrate to high schools that you are well-rounded and hardworking. High Schools are always looking for capable students willing to do more than what is required. So if you’re not doing extracurriculars and/or volunteering, getting the headstart and being a part of a club or helping out your community is the best way to demonstrate to schools that you are a hardworking and all-around person.
Public high school admissions decisions came out on March 9th, and families have until April 5th to accept an offer. Many high schools are now offering information sessions, open houses, and virtual events for accepted students. These events are the perfect opportunity to ask students and teachers detailed questions about the schools, so you can decide which one is the best fit for you. If you have trouble getting started thinking of questions to ask, asking these sample questions (divided by topic) can help you to consider a broad range of factors to decide on a school to attend!
The highschool admission process is very stressful. With all of its different required parts, the essay section of the application can be really overlooked. The essays are a chance for the admission officer’s to get an insight into who the applicant really is. Numerous people can have very similar transcripts, but a creative and charismatic essay will make an application stand out.
Recommendation letters are a key aspect of high school applications and are a great way to demonstrate your character and abilities from another perspective. While not mandatory in some schools, it’s highly encouraged and should be seen as a requirement. But, who do you ask for a recommendation letter? Choosing who to ask is very important and should be someone that has seen your growth as a student. Most schools usually require at least one recommendation letter from a core teacher (Math, Science, Social Studies, etc) and one letter from either another teacher, mentor, coach, or counselor. So after making a list of potential candidates take some time to consider a very important question. “Who knows you the most?”. If you choose a candidate that barely knows you, their letter may sound disingenuous and phony. So when selecting a recommender, you should consider someone who has had a significant impact on your life and should be someone who knows you both academically and personally and can attest to your abilities, interests, achievements, and growth.
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