CPS, Athenian, Lick-Wilmerding and affordability
My son is applying to high school for 2019. He's in an independent school now and is an excellent student, plays a few sports (not a jock), and loves making things: stained glass, welding, forging, motors, models. He doesn't have a giant checklist of extra-curriculars. He's a good egg, and I hope he has choices. Lick was his first choice going into this journey; he's become aware that it's the most competitive in terms of admissions, and seems to be taking that to heart (odds are slim). He toured CPS and absolutely loved it. I was amazed at what he absorbed in the three classes he observed. I've heard it's a pressure-cooker, and am worried about that (admissions are also very competitive). He's looking at Athenian, although the distance from Oakland seems daunting. I'd love to hear about current experiences with any/all of these schools, and especially about how one affords them. Are they all need-blind in terms of admissions? Or does applying for aid affect schools' decisions? I would really like to learn how families afford it, personal experiences, and if possible, the pros and cons. Bishop O'Dowd is on the list, too. Nervous about the religious component. Thank you.