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Old 04-10-2008, 02:13 PM
 
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* newer school so need to spend more time developing relationships with universities, although kids get in to their top choice and these includes the usual Ivy League suspects
I know you need to know someone to get a job more easily, but I didn't know that the school needs to have relationships with Ivy League to enjoy privilege to send students to those schools. If that is the case, it's sad to students who come from less weathy families that can't afford to send their kids to expensive schools.
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Old 04-10-2008, 03:19 PM
 
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I know you need to know someone to get a job more easily, but I didn't know that the school needs to have relationships with Ivy League to enjoy privilege to send students to those schools. If that is the case, it's sad to students who come from less weathy families that can't afford to send their kids to expensive schools.
I think for AIS specifically, the challenge is that this is an IB school and IB is not that prevalent in the US.

I would also think that relationships between schools and universities are in some part based on how well students from those schools have done in the universities. If one Ivy League has had good success with students from a particular high school, they would want more students from that high school, all else being equal (ie high grades, good SATs, etc). I went to high school in a foreign country and the college I ended up going to in the US was one that my counselor recommended based on the reputation my high school had with that college. My high school had spent resources marketing themselves and their students, because face it, high schools want to say their students get into the top universities.

On a related note, I heard a statement that I have not validated, that Harvard at one time would not accept any students from Westminster b/c Westminster did not have enough diversity. So Westminster went on a campaign and now have a diversity office and apparently fixed things through better relationships with Harvard and others, and all is well.
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Old 04-10-2008, 05:03 PM
 
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Actually, coming from a less wealthy family (provided you have the grades and the scores and the talent) isn't a liability for the Ivy League schools these days.

In fact, if accepted, you may very well receive a full scholarship, especially if you are from the south or other areas of the country where the Ivy's don't receive boatloads of applications.

The problem isn't for the wealthy or the less wealthy, but for the families caught in the middle who can't manage to come up with $40,000+ a year in tuition/room and board.
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Old 04-10-2008, 07:19 PM
 
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^ What I was saying in previous posting was families that can't afford reputable high schools that have relationships with Ivy League will get stuck with less chance to get into their dream colleges. I hope that isn't a case. Admission to those schools should be fair to every applicants and should be based on their academic achievements, talents, dedication to public affairs, and leadership, etc.
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Old 04-10-2008, 07:42 PM
 
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Bottom line: Westminster IS arguably the best college prep school in the Southeast (based on annual scholarship money awarded, per student).

However, with that comes a community virtually swimming in cash. The question is, can you handle swimming in that pool knowing that you're not putting as much in as others.

I would have no problem, whatsoevey sending my child there, despite my limited financial means. I graduated from Woodward Academy, and you could argue that, in many ways, Woodward is a better school than Westiminster (diversity, AP programs, cultural opportunities, size/scale [if you want that], geographic options [multiple campuses], extracurricular activities, etc.). But if you're main concern is reputation for college applications, then you can't really beat Westminster.
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Old 04-10-2008, 08:56 PM
 
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^ It seems to me that Westminister does have its value in terms of sending its students to top universities in this country. Now I know what to do when my child is in middle school and when he applies to high school. I hope he can get some sort of scholarship without me having to pay full tuition which over burdens me financially. You have given this right answer. My another question is how a student can impress those people at school to get admitted into the school.
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Old 04-14-2008, 12:35 AM
 
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Gosh, I am sorry Galloway did not make your cut..... My children go there and I cannot say enough glowing things about their early learning program. We find the school to be both academically challenging and incredibly nurturing. The community is amazing as well. I would say Westminster and Pace would be my second choices behind Galloway but that's because I am a believer in nurturing in the early years. I find Galloway to be a very happy place with bright engaged kids.

Given the two you described, I'd opt for Westminster..... My concern would be the academic pressure at this point but otherwise, I'd say you have great choices. As for the IB aspect, I'd say it depends on where you expect to remain. If you think you will remain in the US and specifically in Atlanta, Westminster has the more established population. If you are transient and looking to move outside the US, you cannot go wrong with AIS. (But give Galloway another look!)
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Old 04-14-2008, 08:15 PM
 
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We ended up deciding on Westminster for our daughter just because of its reputation. We probably will not be in Atlanta long term but because it is a well known school, we figured it would help her when we move elsewhere.

I like Galloway - we are sending our 3 year old there in Aug. It would have nice to send both kids to Galloway, but I wanted the structured program at Westminster for our daughter.

Academically, all 3 were good choices, especially given the young ages of our kids. Thank you all for your insights.
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Old 04-14-2008, 08:34 PM
 
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^Good for you. I really think you have made a right choice if your priority is academic excellence.
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Old 04-15-2008, 06:48 AM
 
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Congratulations. I think you have made a wise choice. I really don't know that much about AIS, but I have toured Westminster and was blown away. I know many of those pre-1st slots are highly coveted. I don't think you will be sorry!

Congrats on your decision. Maybe one of my friends waitlisted at Galloway will get your slot!
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