Rigor of Competitive High Schools considered in Admissions?

Question: I'm a student at one of NYC's competitive "Specialized" High Schools. I just finished my Sophomore year, with only a 3.3 GPA, and have finished and done well in 3 AP courses since starting, receiving credit for them. Will the difficulty of being in this school be factored in when Colleges look at my transcript?

College admission officials do take note whenever a student opts to attend a competitive “magnet" school rather than his or her local public high school, which may be a lot less demanding. And this can be especially true for students who have been admitted to NYC's most selective public high schools.

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