Here’s some great news for those in Connecticut’s affluent suburbs: Branford, Guilford, Madison, Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, Valley Regional, East Lyme, and other towns along Shoreline, CT all are extremely strong compared to the rest of the nation. US News & World Report recently released a report on the best states for high school education. Connecticut took the 4th spot. But due to the extreme disparity between Connecticut’s poor performing cities (Hartford, Bridgeport, New Haven, New London) versus the suburbs of Middlesex and New London Counties, it is safe to say that those that live in the in much of Southeastern, Connecticut’s wealthy enclave have great schools.
Here’s the challenging news: even though many high schools have done away with class rank, colleges still find being in the 10% and top 25% extremely important. Thus, getting in those percentage ranges is far harder for most students in our geographic area. Simply put, for students of equal strength, it is far easier to get into the top 10% of a public high school in Mississippi than it is in Connecticut.
That leads to the SAT as the weapon that will differentiate your child. Students at our local high schools do wonderfully well on a comparative basis on national standardized tests. Maximize those and you have the strongest weapon in your college admissions arsenal. Turn the SAT into a positive.
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