Chandler School’s Portrait of a Graduate

Families describe Chandler’s high school admissions program as personal, supportive and successful. The process focuses on the best fits for each student – schools where they will flourish.

Chandler graduates have developed a love of learning in a community that cares about them, has high aspirations for them, and holds them to the highest standards. They know the joys of thinking for themselves, working together on a challenge, and caring compassionately for others.

Chandler graduates thrive in high school and far beyond, and ultimately make the world a better place. Please read how recent Chandler graduates are pursuing their next chapters in life.

Halston Harper ’14
High School: Polytechnic School
College: University of Oregon

“I really appreciate the countless ways Chandler helped me grow as a student and as a person through sports, volunteer work, and fun school traditions like Pi Day,” says Halston. In high school, Halston excelled in volleyball and was President of the Black Student Union and Women of Color Club. She also participated in Moot Court and the arts programs. At the University of Oregon, Halston will play varsity volleyball and study law.

Anna Gong ’14
High School: Harvard-Westlake School
College: Harvard University

“My nine years at Chandler prepared me tremendously well for high school – not in the sense that I could be a perfect student, but in the sense that I was open to change and ready to grow further,” Anna explains. In high school, Anna illustrated for the school magazine and designed huge posters for school musicals. She was concertmaster of the symphony and played on the tennis team. She intends to major in computer science and visual arts at Harvard.

Conrad Jensen ’14
High School: St. Francis High School
College: Vanderbilt University

“Chandler has a loving community with caring teachers. Everyone wants you to succeed, and I’m grateful for that,” reflects Conrad. In high school, Conrad was President of the Science Research Club and was involved with Robotics, Rubix Cube Club and the cross country team. He’ll be studying mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt.

Chris Jung ’14
High School: Loyola High School
College: Boston College

“Above all the academic preparation which eased my transition into high school, Chandler gave me many good, lifelong friends,” says Chris. In high school, Chris participated in track and field, stage crew, Peace and Justice Coalition, Club against Cancer, and also achieved his Eagle Scout rank. He plans to study finance and management in college.

Indu Pandy ’14
High School: Harvard-Westlake School
College: Harvard University

“Chandler helped me learn study skills and time management,” says Indu. In high school, she debated Lincoln-Douglas and was ranked 4th in the nation. She started an organization called Girls Debate to encourage girls to pursue public speaking and give them a community. She also wrote for the school newspaper and started a popular satire column. In college, Indu wants to major in government.

Nick Yeh ’14
High School: St. Francis High School
College: University of Pennsylvania

“Chandler really gave me an advantage in high school,” says Nick. In high school, Nick was President of the Investment and Entrepreneurship Club and played varsity water polo and volleyball. He also started a non-profit that installs hydroponic systems at community centers. Nick plans to major in environmental studies and real estate in college.

Nikhil Adarkar ’13
High School: Polytechnic School
College: Whitman College

“Chandler taught me to have confidence in myself,” Nikhil says. In high school, Nikhil’s main activities were playing for the varsity tennis team, serving as President of the Conservative Club, and serving as a Student Ambassador. Nikhil might major in economics, and he’s also interested in learning more about business.

Kaley Mitchell ’13
High School: Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
College: Lewis & Clark College

“Chandler taught me perseverence, and especially how to talk to my teachers and ask for their help when I needed it,” reflects Kaley. Kaley surprised herself by trying out for water polo in high school, which she describes as challenging but one of the best decisions she’s ever made. She also helped create an ocean conservation club, which brought many new people into her life, and continued in the Girl Scouts (with many old Chandler friends).

Alejandro Salinas ’13
High School: Loyola High School
College: Stanford University

“Chandler gave me the confidence and preparation to challenge myself academically,” notes Alejandro. Alejandro was a captain of his high school cross country and track teams. As a junior and senior, he was a sports editor of the school newspaper. He led eight service trips to Tijuana, and was a Student Ambassador. He graduated Summa Cum Laude, received the Christian Service Award, and also achieved Eagle Scout honors. Alejandro plans to major in human biology or bioengineering.

Nicholas Salinas ’13
High School: Loyola High School
College: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“Chandler over-prepared me for high school,” Nicholas says. “I had the confidence to take as many AP and honors classes as I wanted.” In high school, Nicholas was Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, President of the Association of Latin American Students, and a student leader for community service. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and won the Fritz B. Burns Outstanding Service Award. Nicholas intends to study computer science and engineering.

Sophia Terrile ’13
High School: Polytechnic School
College: King’s College, London

“At Chandler, I learned how to be a dedicated student,” Sophia says. Sophia played tennis and badminton in high school, and served in the Girls’ Service League. She intends to study international relations as she heads to London for college. Sophia’s advice to younger students: “Explore as many different opportunities as possible.”

Maya Vasquez ’13
High School: Flintridge Preparatory School
College: Yale University

“Everything I learned in high school grew from the core skills I learned at Chandler,” reflects Maya. In high school, Maya enjoyed belonging to the film club and writing for the school newspaper. She also played first and third base on the softball team. Maya advises younger students, “Take changes and new experiences in stride, and just do what you love.”


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