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Let’s Call it a Tie, But Look Who Got into Harvard…

We all know about the MHS vs. MKA rivalies; it’s part of going to either school. Our annual Montclair Cup hockey game can get pretty nasty, and there are some equally rude things said about both schools. One point of conflict that typically makes many MKA’ers feel superior is who gets into the “better” colleges. At a glance, one might assume, without any prior knowledge about either school, that an education costing almost $31,000 a year is far more advanced and impressive than a public school education. MKA’s website boasts their 1:1 technology program that gives every student enrolled a MacBook Pro and a $3 million arts wing.

While Montclair High students may not be MacBook Pro toting or wear preppy Land’s End uniforms to school, we surely held our own in Early Acceptance college admissions. Most recent postings on both school’s websites show that there have been 45 early admission acceptances for MKA and 151 for MHS. The Bull’s 2012 “Ivy List” below shows which Ivy and Little Ivy League schools students at MHS and MKA were accepted to, as well as how many students got into each. Although it’s hard to compare a small private school with many financial advantages to an extremely diverse urban public school with a student body numbering over 2,000, I think the list is very telling.

There are 8 Ivy and 15 Little Ivy League schools in the country, out of which students from both schools combined got into all 8 Ivy Leagues and 5 out of 15 Little Ivies. With Ivy acceptance rates ranging from 6% to 18% for the college class of 2015, Montclair students have proven that they are real players in the internationally competitive game of college applications. Many people, especially those who insist that private high school is guaranteed acceptance into America’s most prestigious colleges, may have been surprised by how well MHS fared during early acceptance season. I post this list not to attempt to diminish MKA’s reputation or say that MHS is so much better, but to show that the education you get is not measured by how clean your school is or how much your parents pay for tuition, but more so by what you, as a student, make of your educational opportunities. Sure Montclair High may not be the cushiest place in the world to get an education, but when it comes down to it, maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

Being that MHS students were collectively accepted into over 100 places of higher learning, I could not highlight each one. It is easier to display a widely known list to highlight notable schools, which is why I chose to write about Ivy League schools. MHS students were also accepted into many notable schools such as John Hopkins, Stanford, Lehigh and American that are not classified as Ivy. As an article in the December edition of The Mountaineer truthfully points out, success is not spelled I-V-Y L-E-A-G-U-E. MHS students, be proud of where you plan on going to college. Do not rely on the societal prestige of a school to decide whether or not it is the right fit for you.

Until regular admissions decisions flood the guidance offices in the spring and students make final decisions on where they will continue their studies, I think it is safe to say that MHS students have defended their school’s reputation as a rewarding and academically challenging high school. Although we may not be outfitted in the latest nice-to-have extras at school, Montclair students produce cold hard results that are sure to impress any private school parent or taxpayer for that matter.

See the full list of early admission acceptances for Montclair High here

See the full list of early admission acceptances for Montclair Kimberly Academy here

Discussion

5 thoughts on “Let’s Call it a Tie, But Look Who Got into Harvard…

  1. As part of a member on MHS varsity hockey and after suffering a tough loss yesterday this got me so souped. But just to let you know MKA is not a huge effect and our playoff chances. We still have a winning 9-4-2 record, and the playoffs are way more important then the Cup Game. MKA played dirty and no offense to MHS but we are not on the ice to get you hyped up we our there to play a game of hockey. Thanks for the support. BTW Clary Anderson will always be OUR HOUSE!!!!!!

    Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2012, 6:06 pm
  2. your statistical analysis is poor: you guys don’t seem to realize how different MKA and MHS kids are. We can only compare these two schools in a truly fair way if you take MKA kids and put them in MHS or vice versa. also you compare how many of the acceptances were to ivies or little ivies. what about how many kids in total got in early? As a mormon I am offended by your superficial conclusions.

    also hamilton and princeton are not the same AT ALL. my mother went to hamilton and she couldn’t get a job when she graduated. my father’s other wife went to stanford and she has a PHD. also you left out critical schools like johns hopkins, stanford, georgetown, etc

    Posted by Mykelti Aspyn Gwendlyn Brown | February 4, 2012, 2:55 pm
  3. In the beginning of this article you insinuate that a public education in Montclair is equal to a private one, yet all of the colleges you listed were private schools. Do you believe that equality ends after high school? That a college with a fancy name and an outrageous sticker price is necessarily superior to a public university? This article is filled with hypocrisy, not to mention that it doesn’t even bother to mention that MKA is a much smaller school than MHS, and therefor would probably have fewer applicants.

    Posted by Edie | February 7, 2012, 8:58 pm
    • Why I talked about IVY LEAUGE schools (all private) = “It is easier to display a widely known list to highlight notable schools, which is why I chose to write about Ivy League schools.”

      MKA is a much smaller school = “Although it’s hard to compare a small private school with many financial advantages to an extremely diverse urban public school with a student body numbering over 2,000, I think this list is very telling.”

      Smaller number of applications on MKA’s part clearly stated = “45 early admission acceptances for MKA and 151 for MHS”

      Posted by Lauren Glasse | February 12, 2012, 11:43 pm
  4. If you are going to reference “little IVY” schools, you really should include Rutgers (Old Queens?) on there…I mean you have Old Kings cited. Admission to Mason Gross alone carries quite a bit of prestige with it.

    Posted by Hunter | May 26, 2013, 6:21 pm

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