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Boarding School Rankings

jacmoojacmoo Posts: 63Registered User Junior Member
edited March 2012 in Prep School Admissions
Is Phillips Exeter #1?
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Replies to: Boarding School Rankings

  • Jonathan1Jonathan1 Posts: 5,744Registered User Senior Member
    You can pay like $30 to get the ranking from prepreview.

    The top schools are pretty much as follows (not in any particular order)

    Andover
    Exeter
    SPS
    Deerfield
    Hotchkiss
    Choate
    Milton
    Peddie
    Taft
    Lawrenceville

    Pretty much every school in the ISL and MAPL.
  • suzesuze Posts: 4,479- Senior Member
    No, not by any measure (% admitted, college placement, pp endowment) I've seen.
  • PurpoisePalPurpoisePal Posts: 1,644Registered User Member
    What about Groton?
  • jacmoojacmoo Posts: 63Registered User Junior Member
    i love Groton..it think it might be #2
  • PurpoisePalPurpoisePal Posts: 1,644Registered User Member
    I really don't think that you can rank these schools. Each one is good at something else. In general, it doesn't really matter which of these you go to, as long as you go to one you like.

    It's not like colleges, where Harvard and Yale have roughly the same atmosphere. Each of these schools are really different, and I don't think that you could really rank them. You could maybe put them into tiers, but you couldn't actually give them numbers like you can do for colleges.
  • jacmoojacmoo Posts: 63Registered User Junior Member
    purpoisepal, youre very right. =]
    whats Groton good at? and Exeter?
  • hazmathazmat Posts: 8,435User Awaiting Email Confirmation Senior Member
    Exeter excels at math. Many others things too but math is excellent. USAMO excellent showings from Exeter.
  • jacmoojacmoo Posts: 63Registered User Junior Member
    what about Groton?
  • Jonathan1Jonathan1 Posts: 5,744Registered User Senior Member
    Sorry I forgot Groton!

    Groton looks like a great school. I've heard that it's known for their long legacies and old money.

    I got their viewbook a few weeks ago and it looked like 50% of the student body were from Mass., and probably 75% were from New England. Only ONE student from my state! (Mich.)
  • olivia567olivia567 Posts: 1,984Registered User Senior Member
    Andover and Exeter are known to be equally matched in academics (they are long-standing rivals), however Andover is stronger in the humanities and Exeter is strong in Math. It depends on what classes you like and how they suit you.

    For example, I visited Choate and Andover, but Choate has more acting classes than Andover does. I'm interested in taking acting, so that could be a pro for Choate.

    It also depends on the atmosphere. I got the best feeling about Choate - I could see myself there. That's really the base of it - you should know what feels right.
  • afanafan Posts: 1,686Registered User Senior Member
    Andover is stronger in the humanities and Exeter is strong in Math

    I can understand the desire to pigeon-hole schools, but this is simply not true.

    What Exeter has done is emphasize its competitvie math team, recruiting and training a handful (like 3-4 people) of top math students each year. These kids were top math prospects before they got there and they work hard on the team. But Exeter has >1,000 students. If you look at their overall performance on SAT M, SAT IIM, math AP scores, and likelihood of attending science colleges, there is no evidence that Exeter students are better at math overall than those of the other top prep schools.

    So, if you like math contests, you are one of the best in the nation in your age group, and want to make that a center of your high school life, then Exeter is a reasonable top choice. If you simply like math, but like most middle school students have no idea what you want to do with your life, then Exeter is one of many places that will give you an excellent high school education.

    Same comments about Andover and humanities, minus the formal competition element in the MO.
  • hazmathazmat Posts: 8,435User Awaiting Email Confirmation Senior Member
    A fine post. I would add that there are more than 4 or 5 top math kids however. The cohort is top quality.
  • jacmoojacmoo Posts: 63Registered User Junior Member
    heehee =)

    i think i like Groton the best because its sorta small - andover was a little too big for my taste and the kids there looked a little less studious, and the library was really loud...exeter i didnt get a chance to tour yet.
  • prettyckittyprettyckitty Posts: 1,363Registered User Senior Member
    Also, for West Coast schools, Thacher, Cate, and Stevenson are considered some of the best.
  • Jonathan1Jonathan1 Posts: 5,744Registered User Senior Member
    Stevenson's campus looks amazing from the website. Right on the Pacific, it couldn't get any better. lol.
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