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Jon Semcer Points0
That is a great question. All high schools produce and forward with each application a document called ' The school and community profile". The profile contains descriptions of the city/ town where the school is located and data about the faculty ( how many have their masters or doctorate degree,the average years of service to the school and student /faculty ratio),. In addition, the profile lists all the courses that are available to students, the graduation requirements and the number o=f students in each class ( 9 -12). Special awards the school might have earned are noted as well any special programs such band, art drama or an academic program that has earned regional or state awards. the number of  students who are National Merit winners is usually noted. SAT, ACT and AP results for the last three years are outlined. there is more information on the profile and I would recommend that go to your Guidance/ Counseling Department and ask for a copy

Another way to evaluate high schools is to look at their ranking system, GPA system and how does this compare to SAT scores or ACT performance. Where past students were admitted ( should be noted on the Profile ) is also another clue to determine how schools are performing. Please keep in mind that each high school has different populations, setting and soc/ economic surroundings; all impact a school. The question always is how did the student perform given the school's resources, the student's  background and the background of the parents. Making the most of what is presented to the student coupled with how did they use the school's resources gives you a clear picture of the student. College also keep academic records of every student who attended  and they can be grouped by high school. For example, I might know that an "A" in English from high school X is not a good indication of the students' abilities because I could trace back and see that many students from that school who earned an "A" struggled on our campus in English Comp.

Admission staff will put in context the student and where is that student coming from in terms of academic environment, economic background and how  has the student used what was available to them.
Janice Kirn-Sottilaro Points0
Two ways: School profile School visits School profile - A form or pamphlet (depending on the school) that is submitted along with your transcript showing the # and type of AP and Honors courses offered at your school, average GPA, average SAT/ACT scores - that type of information so they come to understand the level of rigor at each high school. Armed with this information, they can now compare your course selections through the years along with being able to compare rigor level again, from your school when viewed side by side other high schools. School visits - Admission reps. make their round of visits to the high schools they are responsible for nationwide, in the fall of each new school year. Through these visits, reps. are able to understand how one high school compares to another because they have walked the halls and met with both counselors and students allowing for them to now have one on one information about each school. Good Luck!

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