Is listing your high school necessary on a resume for summer analyst positions? It's not like I attended a well-regarded prep school or even a highly ranked high school - I was homeschooled through high school and in college I transferred from a large state school honors program to a target after my sophomore year. That means with my "high school" I have three academic institutions listed on my resume that take up more space than I would like.

I'm thinking of just leaving my high school information off entirely. I've heard this is OK from some people and not from others. Any thoughts?

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You should try to only list things from college & any work experience. If you're worried about leaving HS off entirely, you can simply list that you were home schooled and your SAT scores depending on how impressive they are. National Merit or any other widely recognized honors can also be included.

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Do not include your HS as it is completely unnecessary.


General rule of thumb, half way through sophomore year in college you need to take hs off... so, you fit under that rule!


General rule of thumb, half way through sophomore year in college you need to take hs off... so, you fit under that rule!

I'm not sure I buy this. I've heard anything cool you did in high school is legit for the resume if you're in college, and a brief high school section is good especially if you were valedictorian or did something that reflects your personality. Thoughts?


You don't need it. Only put it on if you have extra space.


Well, I could see how Valedictorian is relevant, but the thought process of taking it off as a sophomore before junior year is that you will have established other things that you actively participate in, and work experience. If you leave high school clubs, etc, they aren't as relevant because you're not doing them anymore - simply because you aren't in high school. A special award or honor would go in the awards/honors area, as opposed to a HS section, and thats how you would get around keeping Valedictorian but removing "Key Club Member 2004-2005" type stuff.

But, this is what alumni have told me / career services.


It doesn't really hurt, but keep it to one or two lines (ie: SAT, Honors, Class prez, etc.)


funny you bring up this topic, i had the same issue when applying for my SA positions.

it all depends on the high school you went to. i went to a well known high school in nyc, stuyvesant h.s.

the general answer is no, keep it off. this is what i was told during 2 resume critiques, by interviewers from toyota & proctor & gamble (I used to be an engineer).

i was stubborn and kept it on. then at a career fair, a goldman dude noticed my high school on my res and we talked about it for a while. i told him about the toyota and PG ppl and he said i'd be nuts if i took it off.

unless you went to a school that wil turn heads, keep it off.


"its the running joke now, we now have fair trade with china so they send us poisoned sea food and we send them fraudulent securities."


I went to a pretty average school and no one really cared. Again, one small line won't hurt as long as you don't make it a whole section


only reason i included mine, was because I did high school somewhere in Europe.


You should probably only list the high school you graduated from, as opposed to all three you mentioned, if only to keep that section short and sweet. Also, you can eliminate the section altogether if you're not going to include your SAT scores - that's the only reason most of my friends have their high school on there. I have personally included it for my resume for SA applications because of the SATs, as per usual, but also to state that I graduated a year early with honors, which shows I'm hardworking, driven - standard overachieving blah blah blah stuff. So if something spectacular or very relevant happened in HS, definitely include it.

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