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Succeeding in High-school

 

1. Start Early
Aim to be a well-rounded achiever. A slacker who decides to start making good grades late in highschool probably won’t be admitted. You should have a consistent history of high scholastic achievements.

 

2. Challenge Yourself

Seek out the most demanding and rigorous opportunities at your school, especially in the academic arena. It’s often preferable to do well in a challenging program than to be exceptional in an average one. Look for classes that will be recognized as difficult, but preferably without overly difficult grading.

 

3. Have an Excellent GPA
Having a GPA in the top 10% of your class is essential, and being ranked among the top few students dramatically betters your chances. Keep in mind you’re applying to institutions where many of the other applicants are valedictorians at their school.

 

4. Have Excellent Standardized Test Scores
Aim for at least 700 points on each section of the SAT, or a composite of 30 on the ACT for a reasonable chance of being admitted. Bringing these scores up to 750+ on each SAT, or a 33+ composite ACT, will give you solid scores that need not be improved.

Do not repeat the test more than three times! According to Chuck Hughes, a former senior admissions officer at Harvard, the admission panel will notice this and your repeated attempts may come off in a negative light. Take test-preparation classes or a few practice books to start preparing early and keep at it diligently!

 

5. Get involved in extracurricular activities
Ivy Leagues want to see a well-rounded applicant who didn’t lock themselves away for four years to get good grades. Join a sports team, a club or two and get involved with the theater department.

 

6. Volunteer
Think on a national or international scale; don’t just limit yourself to the opportunities in your hometown. Spending a summer helping raise funds to build a school in peru will mean more to them than raising funds for your local church.

 

7. Lead in the areas where you excel
Look for opportunities to take on additional recognition and responsibility as a leader. This can range from becoming class president to cheerleading captain, or even an officer for a club you participate in. Take your job as a leader seriously because the lessons you learn in this role can be the experiences that set you apart from the crowd when you write your essay or get interviewed.


 

School Information

 

Stevenson: https://www.d125.org/

School report: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/school.aspx?source=trends&source2=sat&Schoolid=340491250130001

Course book: https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1602715210/d125org/iwhixtyuyxjcym4yz0sp/SHS2021-22CoursebookComplete.pdf

 

 

New Trier: https://www.newtrier.k12.il.us/

School Report: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/School.aspx?schoolId=050162030170001

Course book: https://www.newtrier.k12.il.us/publications/

 

 

Imsa: https://www.imsa.edu/

School Report: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/OtherEntity.aspx?schoolid=651089030800001

Course Book: https://www.imsa.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Learning-Opportunities-Academic-Year-20-21-1.pdf

 

 

Northside College Prep: https://www.northsideprep.org/

School Report: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/School.aspx?schoolid=150162990250794

Course Book: https://www.northsideprep.org/pdf/Program_of_Studies_2019-2020.pdf

 

 

Payton College Prep: https://www.wpcp.org/

School Report: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/School.aspx?schoolid=150162990250796

Course Book: https://www.wpcp.org/pdfs/Payton_Course_Guide_2020-21.pdf

 

 

Jones College Prep: https://www.jonescollegeprep.org/

School Report: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/School.aspx?schoolid=150162990250533

Course Book: https://www.jonescollegeprep.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1465100&type=d&pREC_ID=1620503

 

 

Whitney Young Magnet: https://wyoung.org/

School Report: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/School.aspx?schoolid=150162990250764

Course Book: https://wyoung.org/pdf/planning_guide.pdf

 

 

Lane Technical: https://lanetech.org/

School Report: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/School.aspx?schoolid=150162990250027

Course Book: https://lanetech.org/academics/curriculum/

 

 

Buffalo Grove: https://www.d214.org/bghs

School Report: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/School.aspx?schoolid=050162140170008

Course book: https://www.d214.org/Page/2109

 

 

Palatine: https://adc.d211.org/Domain/8

School Report: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/School.aspx?schoolid=050162110170003

Course Book: https://adc.d211.org/curriculum-guide

 

 

Wheeling: https://www.d214.org/whs

School Report: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/School.aspx?schoolid=050162140170006

Course Book: https://www.d214.org/Page/2109

 

 

William Fremd: https://adc.d211.org/Domain/9

School Report: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/School.aspx?schoolid=050162110170002

Course Book: https://adc.d211.org/curriculum-guide

 

 

John Hersey: https://www.d214.org/jhhs

School Report: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/school.aspx?source=teachers&source2=teacherdemographics&Schoolid=050162140170004

Course Book: https://www.d214.org/Page/2109

 

 

Vernon Hills: https://www.d128.org/vhhs

School Report: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/School.aspx?schoolid=340491280160004

Course Book: https://www.d128.org/vhhs/curriculum-guide/vhhs-course-selection-information

 

 

Glenbrook South: https://gbs.glenbrook225.org/

School Report: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/School.aspx?schoolid=050162250170002

Course book: http://www.gbscurriculumguide.org/graduation-requirements/

 

 

Glenbrook North: https://gbn.glenbrook225.org/

School Report: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/School.aspx?schoolid=050162250170001

Course Book: https://www.glenbrook225.org/Media/BOE/Policies/Section%207000/7300-Graduation-Requirements.pdf

 

 

Prospect Heights: https://www.d214.org/phs

School Report: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/District.aspx?DistrictID=05016023002

Course Book: 

 

 

Arlington Heights: https://www.fwisd.org/ArlingtonHeights

School Report: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/District.aspx?districtid=05016025002

Course book: https://www.fwisd.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&ModuleInstanceID=8855&ViewID=C9E0416E-F0E7-4626-AA7B-C14D59F72F85&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=42555&PageID=6999&Comments=true

 

 

Rolling Meadow: https://www.d214.org/rmhs

School Report: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/School.aspx?schoolid=050162140170007

Course Book: 

 

 

Neuqua Valley: http://nvhs.ipsd.org/

School Report: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/School.aspx?schoolId=190222040260002

Course Book: https://ipsd.eduk8.me/

 

 

Naperville North: https://www.naperville203.org/nnhs, https://www.naperville203.org/NNCourses

School Report: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/School.aspx?schoolid=190222030260013

Course Book: https://app.schoolinks.com/course-catalog/naperville-community-unit-school-district-203/overview/graduation-requirements

 

 

Naperville Central: https://www.naperville203.org/nchs

School Report: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/School.aspx?schoolid=190222030260001

Course Book: https://www.naperville203.org/NNCourses

 

 

Metea Valley: http://mvhs.ipsd.org/

School Report: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/School.aspx?schoolid=190222040260005

Course Book: http://mvhs.ipsd.org/Subpage.aspx?id=1076

 

 

Hinsdale Central: https://d86.hinsdale86.org/Domain/8

School Report: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/School.aspx?schoolid=190220860170001

Course Book: https://d86.hinsdale86.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=1266&dataid=5987&FileName=FINAL%20COPY%20WITH%20COVERS.pdf



 

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