Yes, of course. Thanks for the reinforcement; perspective definitely gets assaulted from all sides during this process! I guess I was mainly looking for reassurances- it feels sort of bad for some reason to just blow off an invitation to apply, even though rationally I think it makes the most sense for DS.

And to be clear, he’s not out to attend the most selective place that will have him. He has, so far, weighed a lot of factors and made some good decisions. But being in a hyper-competitive high school environment definitely takes a toll, whether your kid is on board with that culture or not. We are all looking forward to the last semester!