Question regarding rank - 2 High Schools

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  1. singaporemom

    singaporemom Member

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    My son has attended 2 High Schools. 9th-10th in Singapore and 11th in Texas. Here's his problem. The Singapore school was extremely challenging, but did not offer an Honors Level course for practically every class, like they do at his Texas school. (In fact the on level courses in Singapore would blow away the honors courses here.) Therefore the grades then get factored into the Texas GPA as On Level, and his GPA is deflated, not adequately reflecting his success in relation to his peers. What was a top 10% rank at highly acclaimed international school (though no ranking is ever released from that school) has turned into a 21% rank here.

    The school district will not give him a "Texas Only" GPA and rank.

    So he's got two completely different GPAs, ranks, and transcripts that have merged into something that is not so hot.

    His unweighted GPA is 3.85, weighted is 3.98, SAT 770M and 600V, and he's got all the other good things in his resume..Eagle Scout, Chinese Immersion (6 weeks trekking and learning Chinese in China), NHS, Varisty Football, strange and unusual service projects in far away lands, etc etc. yada yada yada

    Here's the question: Does he write a letter pointing out the fact that he has 2 high schools merging (or should I say crashing) into 1 rank...should he ask his counselor to write the letter? Or should he say nothing??
     
  2. air_power

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    Here's all I can throw in to help:

    On my admissions page, the GPA from my school is 3.98. But, USAFA must have reweighted/recalculated it to take in AP classes or school difficulty, and my resulting GPA on the website is 4.03.
     
  3. Christcorp

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    This is one reason the academy requests a SCHOOL PROFILE of the school. It can calculate pretty good. Remember; while you think it's difficult for your son's grades, ranking, etc... to be compared between 2 schools; the academy has to compare approximately 6,500 to 10,000 applicants from every conceivable school in the world. Some of which don't rank.

    When he requests the transcripts from each school; make sure he requests the school profile. Then, when he submits both transcripts and profiles; include a letter to explain any irregularities. hope this helps.... Mike.....
     
  4. usafaengineer2013

    usafaengineer2013 Candidate Appointee

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    I moved high schools half way through my sophomore year
    as long as the transcript shows what classes you took and that they were out of district grades it will register that those grades were from the more challenging school because as part of the paperwork i believe you fill out every high school you have attended and when you attended these high schools
     
  5. singaporemom

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    I think a quick letter from my son will help. The only way you can tell the transcript has two schools is if you look at the 'building name' listed above the semester. It doesn't jump out at you. Also, he'll order the Singapore transcripts and profile also...that should cover the bases. Thanks all.
     
  6. America's Finest

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    Just write a letter or add it in the remarks section somewhere. That's what I did. I attended 3 different high schools (one of them in Europe).
     

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