December 09, 2019
My daughter's Maryland high school is ranked high but is very well-known for grade inflation. Therefore, her GPA is probably higher than it would be somewhere else, and our school does not do class rankings. Will colleges know that her GPA is "artificially" high or will they weigh her against kids from other schools with the same GPA as hers? Without ranking, it is hard for them to see a true picture of her GPA. My daughter asked her counselor for an "unofficial" ranking and she's in the top 30 percent but no higher than that. She has a 34 ACT and has already been denied at William & Mary so that's why we're thinking they may know about the grade inflation -- on paper, she should have gotten in.
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