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|11 hours 26 min ago||@ Belle de Jour||
Dexter. Same is true for the other "A2 burbs" of Saline, South Lyon, Chelsea. Dexter wasn't on your list at all because there wasn't "enough data" but usually rate in the same class with these other good schools. They are all newer schools with college educated parents who are very involved with the school teachers and activities. Dexter was an early adopter with the IB program which has been great. Ann Arbor has taken notice and is getting that program now.
I will stick with my story about taking a tough curriculum if you want to increase your chances of getting into UM, especially early admission, or even a more selective college. In High school you have to take several PE, Art, Civics/Government and other classes which are filler classes. MSU honors doesn't even look at these classes.I think my kids have 4 AP/IB classes with two "filler classes". The UM counselor told us in a round about way that they would rather see an A- GPA with that class list rather than an A GPA with a few less challenging classes. Being well rounded while you challenge yourself like this is a good indicator of time management and potential success.
Listen to the admission counselors of the school you want to go to more than what you hear on a board. UM has specific people assigned to each high school (just like football recruiting) and they are very helpful.
|17 hours 33 min ago||Yeah I meant "had"...||
The new pool is just an insane facilty for a high school. 10 lanes and two giant scoreboards if I remember right from some USA meets? Dexter's pool is like Brownell's - a nice Holiday Inn. They all blend together when you inhale chlorine for years.
My son also plays water polo which is big in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Birmingham but I don't recall ever playing GPN or GPS. Seems like it would be a good fit for them. Lots more fun than swimming, but only a club sport at men's Big10 programs. UM and MSU have good teams and those matches are fought just as hard as other sports are.
|19 hours 21 min ago||D2 recent finishes||
2014: #1 Seaholm #2 Dexter #3 GPS #24 GPN
2013 #1 Holland #2 AA Pioneer #3Seaholm #4 Dexter #13 GPS I think GPN didn't qualify!
2012 #1 Dexter #2 Goves #3Seaholm #8GPS #9 GPN
2011 #1 Seaholm #2 Groves #3Dexter #6GPS #10 GPN
this year will be Seaholm, Skyline, Dexter. GPS will be somewhere up there. GPN will be looking forward to spring break.
I learned to swim at Brownell and graduated to the old GPW pool which was the second largest pool in the USA backin the day. Didn't know GPS has a 20 yard pool! So much for 50 yard races,lol.
|20 hours 34 min ago||Thanks for the info.||
I just made my hotel reservations for the HS State Swim championships so this stuff is my life,lol. I am a proud Norseman alum that went to school with some colllege level swimmers, but when I recently looked at what the GPN posted times are, I had to do a double take.
Oh well, can't be good at everything when you are D2.There are too many new sports, and too few real good coaches, that water down most non-elite programs at smaller schools.
|20 hours 41 min ago||Belle de Jour Are you looking to move to Michigan?||
And trying figuring out where is a nice, safe neighborhood with a good school system? Or are you looking primarily at top UM feeder school systems to get into a highly selective college?
My oldest just got into UM from a school system that only 20 years ago was primarily "farmer/townie" based and most kids went to community college. I thought private school was a must but as more yuppies moved in, standards went up, parents demanded more and the school system responded. With strong AP and IB curricula many kids are now going to UM and more recently even more selective schools such as U of CHicago, Washington (St Louis), Stanford, and Ivy League schools.
The UM guidance counselor said to take the hardest clas list you can. Challenge yourself even if it means a lower GPA. Also show leadership in extracurriculars. And finally think long and hard about your essays. These are all more important than school system rank IMO.
I guess the moral is to forget stereotypes (good and bad) and silly surveys and see for yourself what the local high school system offers- you may be surprised in both ways.
|21 hours 4 min ago||Where is this going?||
Seems like you are asking quite a bit based on one source which is not very thorough. You are right that the Pointes defintely were like Shaker Heights and still that element remains.
I grew up in Detroit, 7 mile & Livernois during the 60's (talk about a neighborhood changing QUICKLY), and then went to GP schools, including GPN, before going to UM. My mom taught at GPN for 40 years and was very old school. She retired many years ago because the administration was lowering its academic standards. My folks still live in the Woods and I go back and visit frequently. My kids also play sports vs GPS and GPN so I still check those schools out on occaision.
Regardless of this survey Grosse Pointe is a great place to raise kids and I think getting into UM is up to the kid, not the school system. At UM , GPN, or most any school, kids can choose to have great AP/IB type classes or just skate by taking crap classes.
UM also seems to give an edge to legacy kids and GP is loaded with UM alums, so I 'm sure they still send boatloads to UM.
The elephant in the room few are talking about is the influx of families of all color and generally of lower socio economic background, that moved to Harper Woods to gain access to a good GPN school system. GPN does not have the make up of blue bloods that it once had. I probably would have enjoyed it more because I was shocked at the intentional lack of diversity when I moved there from Detroit.
If the auto industry continues to rebound, I believe the Grosse Pointes will continue to be strong. IMO the Ann Arbor/Saline/ Dexter/ Chelsea area dont take a back seat to too many school systems, so it doesn't surprise e to see them ranked higher than the GP schools.
|21 hours 5 min ago||This is better stated than my response||
On a sports note, it is funny for me to see a GPN that kicked butt in swimming, Xcountry and tennis back in the day, and not be very good in hoops, be pretty much the opposite now. My daughter's HS team had the pleasure of getting spanked by both GPS and GPN during their recent runs.
I don't know what happened to GPN swimming, but GPS is still pretty good and has a REALLY beautiful facility.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Anyone watching the NHL ALL star game?||
The only two teams that are outscoring UM!
|1 day 15 hours ago||Dexter did have a tornado, but other than that||
it's been pretty nice and boring. Go Dreads!
|1 day 17 hours ago||For those Oasis fans||
tickets just went on sale at Royal Oak music theater for Noel Gallagher's FLying Birds. They toured in the UK with Jake Bugg, so he may have a decent warm up as well.
|1 day 17 hours ago||+1 for Rick Rolling||
Takes me back to my Flock of Seagulls day....
|1 day 17 hours ago||Jimmy Page is God.. err the Devil||
and Hendrix were the best guitarists of rock's golden era.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Hard to argue with this list||
I do like the Who a little more than Pink Floyd but that is splitting hairs.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Bob Dylan deserve some mention too||
Byrds/CSNY for those of us geezers who remember the beginning of the 10 year war.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Thanks for wasting my time, lol...||
here's my list:
60's: Beatles, Stones, Supremes, Doors, Beach Boys
70's: Abba, Bee Gees, Zeppelin/Who, Eagles, Journey,
80's: M Jackson, Madonna, U2, Police, Prince
90's Nirvana, Oasis, REM, Whitney Houston
00's Beyonce, Eminem, Mariah Carey
10's no one yet
|2 days 14 hours ago||Can I revise my over/under?||
It's great to be a fan of the Michigan oilers.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Need to cut Dekkers other hand||
And get another center in
|2 days 14 hours ago||Kids are playing hard||
This is fun
|2 days 14 hours ago||I was gonna say 10||
|2 days 14 hours ago||Over/under for us||
I'm thinking 7 goals
|2 days 14 hours ago||Hockey up 2-0||
They may score 10 tonight: )
|2 days 14 hours ago||This could get ugly real fast||
With no production from Walton or Irvin
|2 days 15 hours ago||Walton and Irvin||
Need to lead and be the best players, instead they are hurting the team. They need to step up in the second half.
|3 days 11 hours ago||I met Ernie in a charity softball game||
Such a modest and nice HOFer.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Can't wait until tomorrow||
|3 days 11 hours ago||Rumple stills in||
|3 days 11 hours ago||Wisconsin is every bit as bad as their record||
Still a good road come back...
|3 days 11 hours ago||Who dressed Rick Pizzo||
Awful tie shirt combo...
|3 days 11 hours ago||Mr cub Ernie Banks has passed||
|3 days 11 hours ago||It's the M goal center||
Not Kohl center