Did your school district (if you went to a public school) have magnet/gifted/accelerated programs that you had to apply for?
Have you ever applied to a school?
What kind of schools were they?
Were you ever waitlisted?
Did you (whether you were waitlisted or not) eventually get in?
Who, other than yourself, influenced your choice to apply to these schools?
Feel free to comment with random applying-to-school stories.
(Sorry if this is a bit US-centric, I tried to make it a little more international, though I think I did pretty badly at it, ehehe.)