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Please help me decide what to do for class rank on common app

Jen in NY

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Hi Jen,


I used "N/A - homeschooled" for class rank & also for any question that asked me to compare my students to others in their class.


On the Common App Secondary School Report form, this included the sections where I was asked to rate their schedules as most demanding/very demanding/etc/etc & the chart where I was asked to rate them top 1%/top5%/etc/etc in several categories.

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So far, all the schools to which she is applying accept the common app, so there are limited choices to answer....


for class rank, my preferred "n/a" isn't an option, so I am going with "none."


I mean, I don't want to make things hard for adcoms to figure out, but I also don't want to misrepresent things. I just hope she'll get on the table so that they can dig deeper into her application.


Any opinions on GPA? (We haven't really done grades for in home courses... I am regretting this, at the moment.)



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We put N/A. I don't think it is relevant and could possibly be used against the student. While they are in the top 5%, they are also in the bottom 5%. Our local high school has done away with class rank because we have way too many high performing students taking honors and AP classes. A straight A student with a reasonably rigorous curriculum can end up outside of the top 10% of the class.

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