Don't count on a prestigious, competitive high school to get your child into the Ivy League. I don't think attending an ultra-selective college is important, which is why this tip comes last. For those of you who do care, the data show that the more brilliant the student body of the high school your child attends, the more likely he or she will lose out in the competition for the most prestigious colleges. But those high schools will give your kid a terrific education, which is all that should concern you."
10 Ways to Pick the Right School