Question: I attend a magnet school in NJ that is just four years old. My junior class has only 89 students, and no AP classes are offered. I would like to go to NYU, but I am concerned about how colleges look at magnet schools. Should I transfer for my senior year to my local high school OR should I stay in this magnet school and do my best and hope to go to a good college?
Being in a magnet school will NOT hurt your admission chances at NYU or at other highly selective schools, even if no AP classes are offered. Admission officials will evaluate your transcript in the context of WHAT IS AVAILABLE TO YOU. Applications will ask your counselor to designate whether your course load is "Most Demanding, "Very Demanding," "Somewhat Demanding," etc. when compared to that of your classmates.