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Boarding Schools with good tennis programs

MDog795MDog795 Posts: 296Registered User Junior Member
edited August 2010 in Prep School Admissions
I'm in a bit of a dilemma right now. I am currently a rising junior at an academically rigorous private school in the northeast. I never thought I would have the independence to survive at a boarding school until a few weeks ago, when I went to a boarding school for an academic program by myself. I want to play college tennis, and I think I have a good chance of doing so if I keep on playing a lot, so I'm looking for a boarding school with a very good tennis program that would maybe even let me play in the off-season. I have either two options: I could try to apply really late and repeat my sophomore year, or I could look into taking a PG year in a couple of years. What sounds like the smarter option, and what boarding schools would fit my needs in terms of tennis? I got a 182 on the PSAT as a sophomore and I have about a 87/88 unweighted average.
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  • JoshByronJoshByron Posts: 651Registered User Member
    I would say you should try applying as a repeat junior for next year...or, you could TRY to apply as a junior for this year, but I'm pretty sure the slots at most schools are already filled. Also, doing a PG year wouldn't be a bad idea. You'd get to take advanced courses, all while playing all the tennis you want :)
  • toombs61toombs61 Posts: 752Registered User Member
    Currently, it appears that Hotchkiss has the dominant tennis program of the NE prep schools. Both the girls and boys varsity teams were undefeated last spring (11-0 and 17-0, respectively), and both were NE prep tournament champs.
  • Burb ParentBurb Parent Posts: 2,100Registered User Senior Member
    Based on the little I know about PG programs for athletes, it works best for fall sports and can work for winter sports. Tennis is usually a spring sport, so it doesn't seem like it is a good PG sport. If you are a girl, tennis is a fall sport in the MAPL league (Peddie, Lawrenceville, Blair, Hill, Hun & Mercersburg), so this might work for recruitment. Boys Varsity is in the spring.

    Sorry, but I don't know anything about tennis recruiting.
  • MDog795MDog795 Posts: 296Registered User Junior Member
    Do the boarding schools in the northeast (Hotchkiss, Choate, etc.) generally produce college caliber players? I don't think those year-round tennis academies in Florida are what I want, as they don't have the prestige and academic strength of a good boarding school in the NE.
  • Hcos12893Hcos12893 Posts: 810Registered User Member
    honestly there are so many lax PGs so the whole spring PG is fine, as long as you can stand being at the school. but repeating your junior year would probs be your best option
  • JoshByronJoshByron Posts: 651Registered User Member
    ^ Agreed. Either way, here's a link to schools still accepting students for this upcoming school year: SSAT Member Information
  • CateParentCateParent Posts: 134Registered User Junior Member
    St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas is another boarding school with a notable tennis program. There are more day students than boarding however.

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    http://www.sstx.org/images/schoolProfile.pdf
  • lehighgallehighgal Posts: 38Registered User Junior Member
    Blair had an undefeated season last year and won the MAPL championship for boys tennis
  • MDog795MDog795 Posts: 296Registered User Junior Member
    Do you guys know of any schools that have indoor tennis courts?
  • lehighgallehighgal Posts: 38Registered User Junior Member
    Hotchkiss has indoor courts
  • DappleDapple Posts: 214User Awaiting Email Confirmation Junior Member
    and lawrenceville
  • Hcos12893Hcos12893 Posts: 810Registered User Member
    and MX 10 char
  • SchokoladeSchokolade Posts: 1,111Registered User Member
    I haven't yet gone through the college recruiting process, but I am learning about it because I have a sophomore son who might want to play college tennis. One principle that I have seen repeated often is that college recruiters look at USTA rankings (which are, of course, based on play in USTA tournaments), not at school teams. I understand that you're looking for playing time but I'm not sure that you have to go to boarding school to get it.
  • cjchoi0703cjchoi0703 Posts: 14Registered User New Member
    I go to Choate and one of my good friends is number one in tennis. We have a strong team and didn't graduate anyone this year but are graduating alot in the next few years. pm me if you have any questions
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