Schools consider the fit between students’ interests and needs, and the strengths of the school. Particularly for specialized schools, admissions professionals will often consider the passions of the students alongside their academic success. They’ll also consider the unique learning and developmental needs of each student, and consider whether the school is able to offer the right kind of support in order to help the potential applicant be successful.
Admissions panels also consider students’ families, and look for families that will be engaged on campus in positive ways. They want parents who will participate in bake sales or other fundraising drives, attend parent-teacher meetings and school events, and be part of the fabric of the school as much as the students themselves.