Create an Optimal School List
Based on your grades, test scores, and social, personal, and extracurricular attributes, NC Global will help you create an optimal list containing reaches, targets, and safeties. A list should have more reaches than safeties, and should have at least three target schools. With all clients, we discuss each school’s climate, culture, and history. The more parents and students know about each school and its culture, the better prepared you will be to hit home runs on your application essays and in your interviews.
One major difference to look for is school size. Some schools have extremely small student bodies, as small as 30 to 50 students per academic class, while others have as many as 300 per class. The average is right around 135 per class. While very small schools may have an advantage when it comes to individualized attention, they may lack the facilities and overall experience that are the hallmarks of many private schools. Therefore, if giving your child the opportunity to participate in many activities (art, music, academics, activities, traditions) is important to you, you may want to stay away from schools with less than 100 students per academic class.
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