To Thais Cobos, an articulate and outgoing teenager, math just makes sense. It’s the numbers, she said.
Cobos, 13, dreams of going to Harvard University to study law or medicine. In the meantime though, she is on the hunt for a high school whose teachers engage their students and push them to reach their potential.
Although Cobos’ parents are supportive and help her where they can, they don’t speak English and are unfamiliar with the process. So she attended the Bronx high school fair last weekend with other students from her middle school, I.S. 117.
Cobos says her guidance counselor at school has been her biggest supporter in the process, giving her advice and books to study and generally helping her weigh her options.
Metropolitan High School in the South Bronx, an unscreened school that opened in 2005, is Cobos’s top choice because she thinks the school is focused on getting all of its students into college.
Jake Naughton is a student at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.