I'm hunting for a specific metric and wondering if anyone has any intel. There's no doubt that many/most NYC independent schools have excellent college placements, but I'm curious how many of those are legacy/HNW admits vs unhooked kids. I.E. Brearley is know for a lot of Harvard admits, but how many of those girls are legacy vs how many got in because Brearley has an excellent relationship with Harvard and can push to get "normal" girls in? I've also heard, for example, that Riverdale has great placements, but that it's partially because there is a larger than normal amount of legacy kids there, so it eases the process.
I don't know how true any of those anecdotes are, but was just curious if certain schools are more known for getting unconnected kids into schools vs others where they have great stats because many of the kids come from legacy families/a lot of money. If there's one thing I've learned from the K admissions process, it's that if a school routinely sends like 8 kids per year to one TT, it's generally because there's a legacy pipeline, not because they're able to get that many in without a hook. Thoughts?