By Sean Massa
If you have a middle school student, more than likely you've been thinking about picking the right high school. Today, students can attend any number of possible schools that can develop them over the last formative years before college. You are not alone if you have asked “In what environment will my student thrive during the next four years?” or “Which school will get my daughter/son into the best university?” In making a well rounded decision, here are some considerations to make when choosing the right high school:
- In the Bay Area alone, students have a number of great options to choose from. According to latest US News and World Report Rankings, local public schools are some of the best in California: Monta Vista High (11) , Lynbrook (17), Palo Alto High (31), Los Altos High (52), and Leland High (57).
If you're more interested in private school for your child, you have more flexibility to choose schools based on location, reputation, student-to-teacher ratio, religious values, etc. These private schools often have plentiful resources that translate to an array of school technologies and extracurricular programs that your student can benefit from. Some local schools provide students with impressive benefits outside the classroom that include music conservatory programs or cutting-edge international science research. Whether public or private, each high school has unique programming and strengths. The trick is to find one that best fits your student's learning needs and passions.
Online High Schools
- For those seeking optimal flexibility, online high school may be the best option for your student. Whether you need a school that works with your hectic schedule or a school that is more challenging that the average high school, online high schools emerge as an alternative to take advantage of some of the best education resources globally. One example is Stanford Online School, an independent online school offering courses for grades 7-12. Stanford Online students are placed by ability and not by grade and benefit from 14 post-AP/university-level courses, Ph.D instructors, an average class sizes of 15 students, and biweekly course meetings. Stanford Online School also offers flexible enrollment options that include full-time, part-time, and single course to accommodate its diverse student body hailing from 45 U.S. states and 27 countries.
- Whether in New England or the West Coast, boarding schools provide students with a holistic, immersive education experience away from home. Students who attend boarding school are often challenged with high academic rigor as well as in physical distance from home. However, many students from boarding schools do gain a greater sense of independence, time management, and overall preparedness for college demands. Many boarding schools have high student acceptance rates into prestigious Ivy League universities, some with rates up to 40%. Boarding schools often have powerful alumni networks and many boast notable graduates that include former U.S. President John F. Kennedy (among other U.S. presidents) and Facebook C.E.O. Mark Zuckerberg (among other C.E.O.'s).
Here at Hillview, we know the A-to-Z's of high school admissions. We personally tailor a plan to your middle school student and work with them to achieve their best grades in school and for the HSPT, ISEE, and SSAT high school admission tests. To learn more about the various high school options your student has for their bright future, contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. Make sure to stay tuned for upcoming blog posts highlighting local high school profiles!