I understand admission is a holistic process. However, I am curious about how attending a semester school will impact my college acceptance rate. The Oxbow School is an art school in Napa and I am potentially attending my spring semester of junior year. Oxbow will really help me develop a strong portfolio and be really transformational. They do not offer any AP classes, only honors classes (I will be taking 2 ap classes online). I will be taking classes and a dual enrollment class my fall semester (along with 3 advanced level classes). Will attending a semester school hurt my chances of getting into a top-tier school?
I think that this school will greatly help your odds of admission to arts programs/schools, but it will slightly hurt your chances of getting accepted to programs outside of the arts. The biggest benefit of the school is that it will help you develop a strong portfolio, which is essential when you are applying as an art major or to a dedicated art school. Attending Oxbow shows your strong commitment to art, and it will give you the resources you need to be a competitive applicant to top-tier art programs.
Attending will only hurt your odds of admissions to non-art programs, as its curriculum is art-focused to the point where AP course options in other subjects are lacking. Still, this will be mitigated by the rigor and initiative you demonstrate by taking AP and dual enrollment classes online. I would say that you should attend Oxbow if art is your main passion. Hope this helps!
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