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Old 01-28-2012, 09:46 PM
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Hi all

My daughter is currently an 8th grader, and she recently took the Troy entrance exam. Though the results are not out yet, we are debating whether or not she should go to Troy if she is accepted. We are residents of Diamond Bar and the area we live in feeds into DBHS.

Though DBHS is not a bad school, lately there have been an influx of negative reviews of it on Greatschools that have my husband and I worried. My daughter also has many friends whose siblings attend DBHS. From what they have told her, the teachers at DBHS are a hit-and-miss and that the high test scores stem from the high percentage of Asians. I understand that bad teachers are prevalent in all schools but she has been told that there are plenty of them in Diamond Bar High.

However, we do not know too much about Troy. She does have friends whose siblings attend Troy as well, though. What she says is that her friends' siblings are very stressed out and cannot keep up extracurricular activities well if they are in IB, which she is trying to get into. They often stay up until midnight completing homework. I really don't want that for my child - she plays an instrument quite seriously and also does swimming competitively. Also, another primary concern is that because so many students at Troy are superstars academically, she will seem average in comparison and won't be able to make top 5% - something that won't be a problem at DBHS if she works hard. We have heard that the teachers are great for the most part though.

I was wondering if you all could provide me more information about Troy and give us your opinions? Which would be a better choice for her?
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:29 PM
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Troy is an excellent high school, but very demanding, like you have seen. If your daughter wants to go to UC or CSU, it will probably be beneficial for her to go to DBHS if she can make it up in the top 5%. There are guaranteed admissions to both systems for finishing in certain percentages of her class(don't recall what they are specifically, but 5% is probably sufficient). Otherwise you're reliant on impacted admissions and if the school overwhelms her there is no guarantee that she will have the grades(and then you also have to worry about her sports, since they take up a lot of time on their own).

Basically, I don't think going to the best school academically is always the right answer. I know people that burned out of Whitney, which is similar to Troy, and it hurt them getting in to college. DBHS isn't an awful school and the community, from what I know of it, isn't a bad one. There's no reason someone can't do well there and get into a good college and have a successful career, that is unless the goal is to get in to a high profile private school, then high school selection means a bit.
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Old 02-04-2012, 01:04 AM
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I think proximity to home is very important. If your local high school is not too shabby, don't move your child. High school is their last chance to connect with your neighborhood.
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Old 01-31-2015, 11:46 AM
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Hi, my sister is facing the exact dilemma now- Troy high school or diamond bar high school. May I ask what was your daughter'ss final choice?

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