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I'm a mother of four children who will all be attending boarding schools by next year fall.
My first daughter attended Middlesex School near Boston and has now graduated. My second son is at Exeter. His twin sister has just entered Hotchkiss and is having the time of her life. Now my fourth one - last child finally! - is amidst the application process and waiting for the March letter.....
Phew. They are all such different characters with different personalities and tastes, and they wanted to "choose their own school." It's been a huge joke among them that they "did not want to share their school with each other," and they went on to find to choose the perfect school for themselves!!
I have just discovered this forum(perhaps a little too late for me? Haha), and I just learned the term, HADES. I believe it refers to Hotchkiss, Andover, Deerfield, Exeter, and St. Paul's?
Needless to say, by now my husband and I have visited pretty much every boarding school over the New England region and found all of them to be great schools, just with different quirks and advantages/disadvantages. So we fail to quite grasp upon this hype over HADES. We have never even heard of this term! Have we been missing out all these years?
What distinguishes these HADES schools from others? Are they the most elite among the league? What about Choate? St. George's? Milton Academy? Groton?
My fourth child still needs to choose a school, and it is in mom's wish for him to choose the best one among all....