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Didn't Paly eliminate class ranking?

Original post made by Paly Parent, Palo Alto High School, on Feb 16, 2014

Message from the UCs claims my son isn't in the top 9 percent of his class and implied his application isn't competitive. I thought Paly eliminate class ranking a couple of years ago, claiming it hurts our children's college applications because we have so many Nat'l Merit Scholars and capable students. I'm sure someone here can shed some light on this for me. son'sThank you.

"After reviewing your academic record, we have determined that you are not in the top 9 percent of students at your high school according to UC calculations. However, we consider many factors as we evaluate your application and guarantee that all students meeting the minimum requirements receive a comprehensive review of their application.

UC also strives to admit every California resident who qualifies by the statewide path. We encourage you to visit the online admission calculator to see if you qualify in the top 9 percent of California high school graduates."

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Posted by info
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Feb 16, 2014 at 8:04 pm

The UCs do their own ranking based on the student's GPA and have two "top" paths. One is high school specific and the other is statewide. The statewide one is based on SAT scores and GPA - 3.5 and 1800 makes the cut.

Lots more than 9% get into lots of UCs from Palo Alto. Some campuses accept over 100 seniors from our schools which, if my math is right, is 20% of the class.

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Posted by C
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Feb 16, 2014 at 8:11 pm

From what I understand, Paly stopped sending decile rank to colleges (If you look up college statistics, often times they'll say 70% of admitted students are in the top 10% of their class; this is what I refer to). I thought this was a good call -- as it turns out, not that many schools actually still send them (while touring Vanderbilt, I believe they said only 40% of applications include decile rank).

The UC's do their own calculation which includes UC-weighted courses and determine who's in the 'top' of a particular school or top in the state. Many students - probably most - are accepted to UC's/CSU's through the traditional application process rather than the auto-accept for being in the top 9%. There's a calculator online that estimates whether you will be in the top 9% or not somewhere....

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 16, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Paly stopped doing it on an official basis. But if necessary, there is a way to demonstrate where you stand on an estimated basis. This is done for applications to the service academies for example.

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Posted by Chris Kenrick, Palo Alto Weekly Staff Writer
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 17, 2014 at 8:24 am

Here's what the school district said when it eliminated decile rankings two years ago:
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Posted by it's complicated
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 17, 2014 at 11:51 am

Try here: Web Link

Sliders for the admission's calculator are on the right-hand side.

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