Applying to private high schools--parent essays--need advice

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Applying to private high schools--parent essays--need advice
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Sat, 01-01-2011 - 5:07pm

My son has spent 2 and a half years being totally miserable in public middle school, so after thinking about this for a year, we've all

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Registered: 05-27-1998

Yes, the commute scares me. It's 45 minutes each way. I am really hoping we find a carpool, but at this point, I am willing to do it myself, anything to get him in a place where he has a shot at actually enjoying school!

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Registered: 12-06-1999

That's great!

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Registered: 07-24-1997

Congratulations to your son on his acceptance to the school he wanted to go to!

DH and I have recently been revisiting the topic of Catholic high school for our 5th grader.

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Thanks for asking. He was waitlisted at the three "top" schools he applied to, which is better than we expected. He aced the SSAT (99th percentile) and has excellent grades, but almost nothing else. He did get into the Christian school that was his top choice. I honestly don' t think he'd fit in the other schools, so even if one comes back and says they have a place for him, I don't think it would be wise to accept, but DH wants to wait before sending the deposit to the Christian school.

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Registered: 12-06-1999

Did you have any luck with the school applications?

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Just write truthfully, highlighting your son's strengths.

 

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Registered: 05-27-1998

I wish we had something like that around here! There is one private boys' Catholic school a couple of towns over, but it is also competitive and very jock-oriented, which is what we're trying to avoid.

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Registered: 10-16-1999

The truth is that he is an interesting person, just a little rough around the edges and not fully formed. What 8th grader is?

I think thats what you need to keep in mind - he might be rough around the edges, but so will the majority of the other kids who are applying to this school... they're all of 13 or 14 yrs old.

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Thank you so much for your encouraging reply! Just reading the essay questions for parents makes my head spin. You'd think we were applying to Harvard or something. What makes this so hard is that my husband and I are both straightforward people, not into "packaging" our son for sale. Honestly, as much as he wants to get out of public school, I'd rather him be rejected by a school that won't be a good fit than to make himself look good just to get in.

The truth is that he is an interesting person, just a little rough around the edges and not fully formed. What 8th grader is? I keep hoping that the admissions people will just see what we see and then decide if he would truly be a good fit for that school. But with some of these places, you get the impression that what they really want is superstars who will make the school look good.

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Registered: 12-06-1999

We had to write one of those essays this time last year.