Level of quality for undergrad portfolios?
Do art schools expect less from high school students applying for undergrad compared to what they expect from students who are older/already have their undergrad?
I know every art school's theme for art portfolios is "your best work possible" but do they set the bar a bit lower for the kids fresh from high school? An art teacher once told me that art schools' don't only look for quality but for potential, however my guidance counselor told me "Harvard doesn't take people and make them smart. Harvard takes smart people and makes them smarter," which is irrelevant since this is specifically art, but still...
Basically, I'm a little afraid that my art will not reach the level of quality that schools are looking for by the time it's time for me to start putting a portfolio together...however, I don't even know what the "level of quality" is exactly. Naturally what I should do is work hard and practice as normal but it would help a lot if the roads ahead were much clearer. I'm a worrisome person by nature so it's a little nerve-wrecking since I have this muddled idea that art schools are only accepting top-notch artists from Laguardia High School or some other art based high school. (I live in New York City which has a lot of great artsy high schools, and colleges, which I don't attend..)