“Good schools” (ScissorTales, April 13) exposes the statement of “cherry picking” as a bad thing. Is it really bad? With applications to both Harding Charter Preparatory School and Classen School of Advanced Studies, students are required to send a copy of grades, test scores, letters of recommendation and an attendance and discipline report. It's unreasonable to say that Harding doesn't pick its students based on grades and test scores. Yes, applicants to Classen must take tests in order for the school to pick the best students, but don't colleges do the same thing? To apply at a college you must send in your ACT or SAT score. All Classen is doing is making sure the students they select actually want to be there.
Both schools have chosen a route to get to the top. Harding has Advanced Placement; Classen has chosen Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate. Not everyone at Classen is participating in the IB program. Classen isn't only an academic school but also a performing arts school. They pick the best of the applicants for both parts of the school.
My two older brothers have completed the IB curriculum at Classen and I'm currently a freshman following in their footsteps. I'd like to congratulate the students of both Harding and Classen on making TheBestSchools.org's list of the nation's 50 best schools. They both deserve praise for their accomplishments.
Emily Luschen, Oklahoma City
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