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Hidden Gems: Lesser-known Prep Schools

circlemidnightcirclemidnight Posts: 438Registered User Member
edited July 2013 in Prep School Admissions
Hola! It's me again. I might be jumping the gun on this one a little too early, but this year, I am trying to be very prudent in my school selections, so I wanted to make this thread.

Specifically, this thread is for the lesser-known schools. I know that there are SO many boarding schools that are as wonderful as the ones that are mentioned ALL the time on this website. What I need YOU to do is if you know any of these Schools (think outside the box!) then please list them in your post below.

Additionally, something really nice from current and former students, as well as adults, is to provide an in-depth description of the school. How the vibe is, what classes and programs are unique, what sport or art it is particularly strong in, etc. I think if someone provides with me a good description of a school, instead of listing the names and saying, "Look this up!" would particularly pique my interest.

There is also something I would personally like. I would love it if someone can say to me, "So and so schools don't take incoming sophomore applications," or, "So and so school accepts a lot of incoming sophomores." Lets try putting, I don't know, an asterisk for a school that accepts lots of incoming sophomores?

So, to start off the list, I'll name a couple of schools. I don't have any affiliation with a school, so I'm counting on you guys to fill the blanks!

Schools:
Asheville School
Cate School
Episcopal High School
Madeira School
Miss Porter's School (All-girls)
St. George's School
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  • futureboarderfutureboarder Posts: 162Registered User Junior Member
    Burb Parent just told me about Blair Academy - sounds like a great school
  • swissbritswissbrit Posts: 1,026Registered User Member
    Schools:

    Asheville School
    Cate School
    Episcopal High School
    Madeira School
    Miss Porter's School (All-girls)
    St. George's School
    Blair Academy
    Thacher School
    Loomis Chaffee
    Northfield Mount Hermon School
    Peddie School
    Governor's Academy
    The Hill School
    Concord Academy
    Middlesex School
    Taft School
    St.Mark's School
    St Andrews School(DE)
    Cranbrook Schools
  • futureboarderfutureboarder Posts: 162Registered User Junior Member
    Good list, but I would definitely take Peddie, Loomis, NMH, and Middlesex off.
  • swissbritswissbrit Posts: 1,026Registered User Member
    Why ? They're as rigorous as schools which are on level with HADES schools, but they're just less frequently discussed on CC.
  • pittsburgherpittsburgher Posts: 310Registered User Junior Member
    The Kiski School
    its an all boys boarding school in western pa.
  • laughalittlelaughalittle Posts: 560Registered User Member
    If Peddie, Loomis, Middlesex, and NMH don't really belong on this "hidden gem" list, then so do many of the other schools listed. Almost all of these schools have been mentioned at least in a couple threads. For example, SAS is pretty well-known, as is Blair, Cate, Thacher, Taft, Concord, etc. So if those stay up there, so should the other schools listed in the beginning. Those are schools that are not mentioned nearly as much as HADES or GLADCHEMMS. The lesser-mentioned schools deserve a place here as well. Several of these schools aren't incredibly "prestigious" and "known", but they aren't places that no one has heard of. And since this is a thread called Lesser-known Prep Schools, I believe they deserve a place on this list. And I can speak for Peddie, if need-be.
  • school2324school2324 Posts: 17Registered User New Member
    Millbrook School, Millbrook NY.
    Let me put it like this- their physics teacher went to Cambridge, they've had the same headmaster for 20 years, and they have a campus zoo! Almost the entire campus was renovated in 2008, and their facilities rival that of nearby Hotchkiss and Kent.
    I was also pleasantly surprised by how warm the student body was, and how everyone seemed to LOVE Millbrook. I would recommend it to everyone!
  • tinkrgirltinkrgirl Posts: 47Registered User Junior Member
    I would take the Madeira School off the Hidden Gem List. Yes, It may not be too well-known (It is somewhat "hidden"), but I would definitely not call it a jem. I know a few girls who are unhappy there, and they have not told me the best things about it. This is only my opinion. I have not seen any of the bad things that they have told me firsthand.
  • ssacdfamilyssacdfamily Posts: 160Registered User Junior Member
    (plea to not argue about whether a school deserves to be "on the list" - as I understand it, the thought is to get more information about more schools - if someone has something positive to say about a school, sing out!)

    Culver - well known in the midwest, less so in the east - good size, great academics, sports, and arts - 20% international students - fully integrated humanities curriculum (english + history), working on increasing the interaction between the science and math departments, block system has given my student the time to dig deeply into subjects. Horsemanship program for both boys and girls (costs extra if you want to do it, but it's there). Each dorm has a full time counselor in addition to dorm parent, serving as the primary advisor to the student and hand-holder to the parent. Leadership program: Military for the boys, Prefect system for the girls. The leadership program is real, backed up with curriculum and practical experience. The parts of the leadership program that my student talks about - taking direction from your peers, giving directions to your peers (including your friends), interviewing for the higher positions, responsibility for finishing a job - strike me as things that will translate pretty well to the workplace. Beautiful lake-front campus, and big support from alumni.
  • circlemidnightcirclemidnight Posts: 438Registered User Member
    Asheville School
    Blair Academy
    Cate School
    Concord Academy
    Culver - well known in the midwest, less so in the east - good size, great academics, sports, and arts - 20% international students - fully integrated humanities curriculum (english + history), working on increasing the interaction between the science and math departments, block system has given my student the time to dig deeply into subjects. Horsemanship program for both boys and girls (costs extra if you want to do it, but it's there). Each dorm has a full time counselor in addition to dorm parent, serving as the primary advisor to the student and hand-holder to the parent. Leadership program: Military for the boys, Prefect system for the girls. The leadership program is real, backed up with curriculum and practical experience. The parts of the leadership program that my student talks about - taking direction from your peers, giving directions to your peers (including your friends), interviewing for the higher positions, responsibility for finishing a job - strike me as things that will translate pretty well to the workplace. Beautiful lake-front campus, and big support from alumni.
    Cranbrook Schools
    Episcopal High School
    Governor's Academy
    The Hill School
    The Kiski School (All-boys)
    Loomis Chaffee
    Madeira School (All-girls)
    Middlesex School
    Millbrook School, Millbrook NY.
    Let me put it like this- their physics teacher went to Cambridge, they've had the same headmaster for 20 years, and they have a campus zoo! Almost the entire campus was renovated in 2008, and their facilities rival that of nearby Hotchkiss and Kent.
    I was also pleasantly surprised by how warm the student body was, and how everyone seemed to LOVE Millbrook. I would recommend it to everyone!
    Miss Porter's School (All-girls)
    Northfield Mount Hermon
    Peddie School
    St. Andrews School (DE)
    St. George's School
    St. Marks School
    Taft School
    Thacher School
  • pittsburgherpittsburgher Posts: 310Registered User Junior Member
    thanks circle midnight!
  • overandover98overandover98 Posts: 236Registered User Junior Member
    This is exactly what I've been looking for! I can't wait to see this thread grow.
  • PelicanDadPelicanDad Posts: 510Registered User Member
    Brooks School: N. Andover, MA. On a lake. Top notch facilities, great study abroad programs, prestigious internships in the Boston tech/medical sectors.

    Pomfret School: Beautiful rural campus, yet close to Boston, Providence, Hartford. Strong Athletics & academics. Great community feel. Unique Digital Arts programs, and significant commitment to the arts in education. Incoming Head a longtime Dean at St. George's and an Andover fac brat from childhood. Highly regarded.
  • Prep2011Prep2011 Posts: 40Registered User Junior Member
    I don't think it makes sense to applicants if we just list all the schools. Please tell us why they are "gems".

    If you are an alum, a current parent/student, or someone that has FIRST-HAND information about this school, please consider starting a thread like http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/prep-school-admissions/966356-st-andrews-school-delaware.html, which is much more convincing and informative.

    Also, though some would argue that Milton Academy is not "hidden", I've seen a lot of students/parents that ruled it out after learning it's 50% boarding/day. Some didn't even visit!
    If this really was that horrible, why wouldn't Milton expand either the day or boarding population?
  • opsops Posts: 810Registered User Member
    Glad to see Brooks & Pomfret
    also
    Suffield Academy
    Tabor Academy
    Westminster
    Kent
    Avon Old Farms
    Cheshire Academy
    Gunnery School
    Lawrence Academy
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