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Looking on the bright side when applying to high school

For all of the talk about how the high school admissions process is complicated, intimidating, and sometimes unfair, it can also be thrilling, writes Lenore Skenazy in the community section.

Skenazy, the founder of FreeRangeKids.com who made news in April 2008 when wrote a column about letting her 9-year-old ride the subway alone, spent the fall toting her eighth-grader around to tours at the city’s top high schools. Here’s what she found:

They were all out to wow us, but so what? Nothing could dim the fact that those kids were all colors and creeds, all jazzed about their schools. And the schools looked ready to launch them on the right path. …

It felt like the great flowering of our education system, at least looking in at all these New York City gems.

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