Impact of Two Repeated High School Grades on Elite Acceptance
- I repeated my sophomore year due to family problems. Will this affect my chances of admission to colleges, especially those prestigious one?
It is common for students to repeat the first year in boarding school, and thus doing so should not have any negative impact on your college acceptances. However, repeating yet again most likely would. Six years in high school instead of the usual four would be a red flag to admission officials and might suggest problems that really aren’t there, especially if you plan to apply to the most prestigious colleges.
Colleges that aren’t as competitive will not be as picky and will evaluate you primarily on your course selection, grades, test scores and—to a lesser extent—extracurriculars. So if you are determined to transfer to a new school and to be a junior all over again, you can rest assured that this won’t torpedo your admissions odds everywhere. But admission folks at the colleges that turn away far more candidates than they accept are likely to have concerns about a student who did not do just one extra year of high school, which is commonplace, but two.
Occasionally, there are valid reasons for a student to repeat two different grades, but this practice should be reserved for atypical or serious situations (e.g., for those who started high school unusually early or for life-threatening medical problems) and not for anyone who simply wants to bolster a resume.
Because you have good grades and an interesting background (all that relocation!), you should have many college options, even if they aren’t exactly the ones you’re aiming for. But I do fear that repeating a grade yet again won’t get you where you want to go either.