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10 key questions for high schools

Choosing a high school? Don't do it without getting the answers to these questions!

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High school graduate

1) Do you produce high school and college graduates?

First, ask how many high school freshman graduate (and what their yearly drop-out rate is), and how many graduates continue on to college. Most schools will provide a list of the colleges recent graduates are attending. This information will help you determine how serious the school is about sending graduates to college, and whether graduates get into prestigious schools.

Comments from readers

"Okay, I have done my homework and asked all these questions but it seems the most important indicator of the best fit is intuitive. I have three children in a high performing, college preparing, competitive (read article on Chinese mothers), BIG BOX School. My county just doesn't either get it, or care. (realtors do a good sales pitch tho) The feeling that you get in your gut is accurate, follow it. Thats what I tell the parents who come to me in treatment with a high school aged child with an existential crisis ('drug my kid'). When I walked into the small (old delapidated)high school it felt welcoming and for lack of a better word-normal. The big fancy over achieving high school feels controlling and institutional. Very very intuitively BAD. Trust your feelings parents, not so-called professionals who know nothing of what works for your child."