Question: My son began his high school career at a large, all-male parochial school. He did well academically but transferred to our local public school for several reasons (sports, social, etc.) His grades are excellent. He is now considering transferring to a third high school (small, private, college-prep) to be in a more challenging academic environment. How will college admissions look upon three high schools in four years?

Typically, a student changes high schools frequently because his family is itinerant, and the changes are necessitated by relocation. In such cases, admission officials tend to give credit to candidates who have coped with the stresses and struggles of repeated transfer.

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