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Chances at Top Boarding Schools?

Question: I am African-American male in 8th grade, applying to boarding schools for 9th grade. I am applying to Phillips Exeter, Phillips Andover, Deerfield, Groton, Lawrenceville, and Hotchkiss. I have gotten mostly straight As on my report cards in middle school. Maybe a few B+s. I never got a bad comment. My teachers like me. I take physics/chemistry, pre-algebra, English, US History,and Spanish. I do community service. I've played football for 8 years. Lacrosse for 5. I'm on the student council.I play bass clarinet, have been in band for 5 years. I have been on honor roll for 6th and 7th grade. I was selected this year by my teacher to tutor kids in science. I've had a few interviews so far, and they have gone pretty well. My only concern is my SSAT. MY first trial ever of the SSAT was in October. I only scored in the 40th percentile. I'm taking it again in December. What are my chances of getting into any of these schools, and do you think my SSAT scores will affect my chances?

"The Dean" does not do "chances" estimates. There are too many factors that go into admission decisions to base a verdict on an "Ask the Dean" question.

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