Grade Inflation in Wealthier High Schools

A new study conducted by the College Board, the company behind the SAT, has found that the grade point averages of high school students have been on the rise throughout the nation over the last several years. In a study led by Michael Hurwitz (not to be confused with the … 

Read More

Grades in Advanced Courses

There’s a piece by Chris Teare up on “Forbes” entitled “What It Takes To Prepare For College Today” that we figured we’d share with our readers. The piece focuses on some of the things that have changed in the highly selective college admissions process since Mr. Teare applied for admission … 

Read More

Grades in Honors Courses

Students and parents often ask us if it is better, from the standpoint of highly selective colleges, to get an ‘A’ in a non-honors course or a ‘B’ in an honors course. We understand that honors courses can be challenging. And we understand that it is more difficult to get … 

Read More

High School Grades in Admissions

We’ve written before that the best predictor for academic success once at college is…drum roll please…one’s high school grades. It’s not one’s SAT or ACT scores. It’s not their SAT Subject Test scores. It’s not their letters of recommendation or their choice of deodorant. Did anyone really think one’s choice … 

Read More

Electives and Ivy League Admission

Ivy Coach is featured in “The New York Observer” today in a piece entitled “Can Video Game Classes Get Kids Into College?” written by Helaina Hovitz. In the piece, the question is raised whether or not new high school courses on creating video games and apps — generally offered at … 

Read More

Grades and Ivy League

In Ivy League admissions, getting great grades in the most challenging curriculum that your high school offers is of great importance. Getting good (but not great) grades in the most challenging curriculum your high school offers often doesn’t cut it. Getting great grades in a curriculum that is not your … 

Read More

Senior Year Courses

If you’re a rising senior, don’t think for a second that your senior year courses don’t matter. They matter a great deal! Don’t think that your workload is over because you finished the toughest year of high school (junior year). Junior year is tough because you have SAT’s piled on … 

Read More

ADFSD