When you enroll in a
private high school, you can expect to meet with a college counselor to discuss graduation
requirements, college admissions and the best paths to meet your educational
goals. Carefully planning your coursework during your high school years
will help prepare you for higher learning and for your chosen career.
A college preparatory school will require you to complete a certain amount
of credits in science, mathematics, English and other core subjects. However,
you are also allowed some flexibility to make several choices along the
way that can help boost your profile for college admissions.
Exploring Academic Tracks
Enrolling in an academic track is an excellent way to make your college
application stand out above the rest. Academic tracks vary depending on
the school. Depending on your school, you may elect to complete a college-preparatory
track during which you can earn college credit in advance. Or, if you
are interested in pursuing a degree or career in the fields of science,
engineering, technology or applied mathematics, you may choose to complete
an academic track in those fields. Completing a challenging science, engineering,
technology and applied science track can demonstrate your proficiency
in not only the academic aspects of those disciplines, but your proficiency
in using those disciplines in solving real-world problems.
Enrolling in an International Baccalaureate Program
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a rigorous course
of study and its interdisciplinary and global curriculum is recognized
and respected by some of the world’s leading universities. Completing
the IB Diploma program will certainly capture the attention of college
admissions and demonstrate your depth of knowledge and preparedness for
the rigors of higher education.
Completing a Magnet Program
When reviewing college applications, admissions personnel typically look
for students who demonstrate a passion for their chosen field, regardless
of what that field is. One way to convey that you are keenly interested
in an area is by completing a magnet program. Magnet programs are curriculums
designed around specific themes and specialized areas of interest, and
can be taken completed alongside other academic tracks. Completing a magnet
program in pre-law, engineering, computer science or medical studies can
go a long way in helping your college application stand out.
Demonstrating Leadership Beyond the Classroom
Although your academic record is certainly important for your college
application, admissions committees also look for indicators that you have
demonstrated leadership beyond the classroom. Consider a summer internship
or a volunteer position in your community. If you choose to write about
these enrichment opportunities for your college application essay, you
might discuss how they complemented your classes or affected your worldview.
Quarry Lane School have been accepted to the most prestigious universities and colleges around
the country. Our rigorous coursework and challenging academic tracks prepare
students at our private school in Dublin, CA to excel in degree programs
and beyond. To learn more about our college prep school, contact our Dublin
or Pleasanton campuses at (925) 829-8000.