Do Colleges Compare Private School GPA's With Public School GPA's?

Question: I am a senior who attends a very rigorous New England independent school with a 3.3 UW GPA. Do college admissions equate this GPA or weight it compared to our local public high school or other high schools around the country? I am interested in elite schools but comparatively my GPA is low. My board scores are more reflective of my ability. 34 ACT 710 CR, 800 Math. How will this be viewed? Thank you

Colleges evaluate candidates in the context of their school community. Your grades will not be compared head-to-head with those of students at the public high school across town … or at ANY school across the country. And given that you attend “a very rigorous New England independent school," I'd bet my mortgage money that you won't be the first from this school to apply to the “elite" colleges you seek. So, if your school uses Naviance, you can look at the Naviance data to see how many students from your school have been admitted to–or denied by–your target colleges in recent years, along with their test scores and Grade Point Averages.

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