Dealing With High School Results

This past week, middle schoolers across NYC received their high school results. While some student may be overly excited with their high school results, some student may be feeling overly disappointed. Not getting into the high school you desired can be deeply disappointing, but it’s important to remember that there are still several options available to you.

Stay Calm: It’s normal to feel disappointed, but try to stay calm and composed. This is much easier said than done, of course. While feeling upset, try to remember that panicking won’t help the situation. Remember that not getting into your desired high school does not define your future success. Stay positive and keep working hard towards your goals.

Evaluate Your Options: Take some time to think about other high schools in your area or alternative education options. Consider factors such as their academic programs, extracurricular activities, location, and any special programs they offer.

Appeal the Decision: If you believe there was a mistake or if you have additional information that could strengthen your application, you might consider appealing the decision. Contact the admissions office of the high school as soon as possible for information on their appeal process. There is always a low chance of this working out, but if you are determined and particularly sure that there may be a mistake, it may be worth trying to reach out.

Consider Other Schools: Look into other high schools in your area that may still be accepting applications. You might find another school that offers programs or opportunities that align with your interests and goals. If you are planning to go to the school that did accept you, try to keep an open mind- you may end up loving the school during your first year there!

Focus on Your Strengths: Use this as an opportunity to focus on your strengths and interests. Pursue extracurricular activities, volunteer work, or hobbies that you enjoy and that can enhance your skills and experiences. This will both keep your mind off of the high school results, while also creating a stronger sense of self-worth.

Plan for the Future: While this may be a setback, it’s important to keep your long-term goals in mind. Develop a plan for achieving your goals, whether it’s pursuing higher education, entering the workforce, or pursuing other opportunities.

Keep Trying: Finally, don’t give up. Keep trying and remain determined to find the best path for your education and future success. Sometimes setbacks can lead to unexpected opportunities. You are always able to apply the next year, but ti is important to not that applying for the 10th grade is generally harder than applying for the 9th grade, since there only a few seats leftover.

Seek Support: Don’t hesitate to seek support from family, friends, teachers, or school counselors. They can offer guidance, encouragement, and help you explore your options. Whether if its help you need academically, or personally, your support system will always be there for you.

While not getting into the high school of your dreams is saddening, you are still who you are! Don’t let the school define you, but rather, let the student define the school. There is always a possibility that your dream school may have been a nightmare, and you may even end up loving the school you attend! If you’re looking to reapply, take admissions exams, or plan for your journey and transition to high school, reach out to Gooroo, who can match you with a mentor that has the guidance, expertise, and plethora of experience you are looking for.

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Sadia is an experienced STEM and college advising tutor at Gooroo. Gooroo is a tutoring membership that matches students to tutors perfect for them based on their unique learning needs. Gooroo offers math, English, ESL, Spanish tutoring, and more.