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Does highschool reputation matter?

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Does the reputation of your high school matter when being considered for admission in to a university?
We all know that some schools are harder and more competitive than others. But does going to a harder school give me an advantage of any sort?
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At my old school, the science department followed the curriculum really well and so grade 12 chem was known as the hardest course in the building. My teacher told my grade 10 enriched science class that certain universities acknowledged this and added 10% to SCH4U1 when calculating admission averages (University of Ottawa was one that did this I think).

I'm just repeating what she told me class. I don't know if it's actually true or not and I don't really care anymore since I moved.

How are you measuring how "hard" your school is?
I'd ask the guidance counselor about it if I were you because I don't really know if what my teacher told me is actually legit. She was a little crazy lol.

Anywho, good luck! :)
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I think the reputations do affect some university decisions in terms of admission. If one school typically has easier teachers and easier to get high marks then the students in that school will be more likely to get a high average than the students in a harder school. Thus, with this happening, the distribution for the easier school will become skewed right and will not reflect the normal distribution as expected thus some scaling is necessary in order to be fair to all the applicants. However, I don't know if this really will happen though... There are rumours that there is scaling according to high school but it really has never been proven that this occurs.
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@terryaki26 wrote
At my old school, the science department followed the curriculum really well and so grade 12 chem was known as the hardest course in the building. My teacher told my grade 10 enriched science class that certain universities acknowledged this and added 10% to SCH4U1 when calculating admission averages (University of Ottawa was one that did this I think).

I'm just repeating what she told me class. I don't know if it's actually true or not and I don't really care anymore since I moved.

How are you measuring how "hard" your school is?
I'd ask the guidance counselor about it if I were you because I don't really know if what my teacher told me is actually legit. She was a little crazy lol.

Anywho, good luck! :)



Well, first of all, I personally experience the hardness lol
and my school has an entrance test that needs to be written and only the top performers are admitted. I guess we can conclude from this that my school is at a higher level than other schools.
also, I am part of the Specialist High Skills Major program that my school and a few others offer in the school board. so do you think this will give me a boost of any sort?
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I think Waterloo explicitly states that they do prefer students from certain high schools (they don't disclose which ones, but you can pretty much guess based on rankings and stuff), but no other university has made the same statement. Of course, its still very possible that they take it into account, but I wouldn't bank on it for acceptances.
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^ Agreed with the above post. My math teacher is friends with the dean of admissions at Waterloo and he has apparently stated that students from my high school, especially ones that do the AP calculus program get in no problem because he can testify to the calibre of the students taking AP (my school screens people out pretty well). He also said that Waterloo does track the historical performances of other students from the same schools in previous years, because of things like grade inflation, and whether students from your high school had a tendency to drop out or not.

Interesting, Ottawa U might also do that - every year at my school they send out like 10-15 acceptances within like 2 days to students.
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Universities usually acknowledge Albertan high schools, because our curriculum is the strongest in the country.
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Standardized testing makes it pretty easy for a university to gauge the actual academic ability of students, so yes, students from Alberta get acknowledged. Otherwise, this is probably the closest thing they can do to make admissions "fair" for Ontario students.
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I'm pretty sure that Waterloo looks at certain schools as a bit more "stronger" (what jellybro just said). I also tend to think that high school reputation does matter to a certain extent (as in maybe 1-2 % admission wise), but I would't count on acceptances based on this sole factor.
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Jelly and Jellybro know wassup!
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@tukr wrote
^ Agreed with the above post. My math teacher is friends with the dean of admissions at Waterloo and he has apparently stated that students from my high school, especially ones that do the AP calculus program get in no problem because he can testify to the calibre of the students taking AP (my school screens people out pretty well). He also said that Waterloo does track the historical performances of other students from the same schools in previous years, because of things like grade inflation, and whether students from your high school had a tendency to drop out or not.

Interesting, Ottawa U might also do that - every year at my school they send out like 10-15 acceptances within like 2 days to students.


Hold on a second there!

The dean is saying that he knows that the school is strong and the students are strong, thus most get in without any problem. He didn't say that they give some sort of magical mark booster to students from your school - he's just stating the obvious that your school has strong students. Strong students get in.

They do track grade inflation, but they don't apply it for purposes of admissions.
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I've been told that although they claim high school reputation doesn't matter but it at time does. I was told that if you came from a relatively easy marking school, chances of you getting in are lower. I had a couple of people from my school transferring to other school to get an easier grade ><" they were at a 65% before transfer and 85 after transfer.
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