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