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Choate Rosemary Hall Student Answering Questions!

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  • CEECEE777CEECEE777 9 replies0 threads New Member
    How many electives can you take in one semester?
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  • ChoatieMomChoatieMom 5969 replies272 threads Senior Member
    @CEECEE77: Your post #21 belongs in the Chances forum.

    As for electives, Choate's curriculum is very prescriptive. You will take four years of English, math, science, and language. Choate is on a trimester system. Freshman year, you will have a "choice" as to which trimester you will take one of three required "electives" (contemporary issues, world religions, visual arts), but you don't get free reign with the course catalog ever. You may have more time for an elective or two in the upper years, but freshman/sophomore years are pretty well defined and junior year is no time to play around. You CAN work with your advisor to determine if taking a sixth class during any term is in your best interest, but I would not advise that until you are academically comfortable at Choate.
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  • DinniahbDinniahb 3 replies2 threads New Member
    What is choate like socially? Are the kids generally nice? I'm asking because I heard rumors about the kids being generally obnoxious and mean, that's not true right? Also how are the math teachers (specifically for sophomores) are they helpfull? Lastly how is the drama program?
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  • muf123muf123 765 replies25 threads Member
    Last year my son participated in the drama program. The drama teachers are excellent and their productions are impressive. He is a sporty guy and felt welcomed to join theater and a singing group at Choate. I think one of the great parts of BS is that students don't get stuck in stereotype groups like math nerds, jocks and theater geeks. The community is more supportive and accepting of students to participate in many interests. So follow your passions and try new things.
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  • fortydosfortydos 25 replies1 threads New Member
    The drama program is EXCELLENT! We have a major musical each spring as well as smaller productions in the fall and winter. Additionally, we have something called Student Directed Scenes in which drama students get to cast and direct their own scenes. We also have the Fringe Festival, a student playwriting festival for which you can write, act, direct, film, or take any other part in producing a show. Some of these are bigger time commitments (that take the place of a sport), while some are much smaller. We have several acting classes that are available to be taken as well as technical theater, if that interests you.

    The best opportunity in the arts if you really want to pursue drama is the "Arts Concentration Program" (you can read much more about this on the website), but basically you take drama classes during the class day and are in the productions as your afternoon activity. You get lots of 1 on 1 time with the drama instructors and time to devote to your passion--drama! Let me know if you have any other questions!
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  • GoldenRatioGoldenRatio 1165 replies15 threads Senior Member
    How long will one dedicate herself to music? Orchestra, band ensembles specifically? Could you please list out hours for these two activities? Thanks!

    [size=-2]On another note: long time no see![/size]
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  • 2confuzzled2confuzzled 3 replies1 threads New Member
    What do they ask in interviews, and what specifically do they look for? What should girls wear to make ourselves look presentable, but not overdressed? Umm....I don't live in the US (but I was born here), so do you recommend any stores to buy interview clothing?
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  • fortydosfortydos 25 replies1 threads New Member
    GoldenRatio-Band is 1 hour a week, Orchestra is 2, and Chamber Orchestra is 4. Bear in mind, these are just the times spent in rehearsals. Practice time on your own is (if not required) definitely encouraged. Most students in the higher level ensembles also schedule private lessons that are 1 hour/week. In Arts Con, you will spend 1.5-2 hours every afternoon (or at least 4, I'm not sure of the details) practicing. Does that help?

    2confuzzled- Interviews are more conversations than anything else. Don't be afraid to be yourself! The admissions officers are all really nice, sweet people that want to get to know you (trust me, I'm quite good friends with many of them!). As for clothing during the interview, you'll be taking your tour right before, so you definitely should wear something that you are comfortable to walk around in. Other than that, keep it professional, but you don't need to be in a suit or anything like that. Don't go out of your way to dress in a way that you typically don't.
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  • GoldBlueGoldBlue 83 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Bumping this up. About one month to go, guys! Any incoming students have any questions?
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  • abcabc333abcabc333 61 replies15 threads Junior Member
    What is the weather like during the year? When does it begin getting cold (if it isn't already cold by September)? When does it snow? When does it warm up?
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  • abcabc333abcabc333 61 replies15 threads Junior Member
    Also, as far as girls clothing goes, I'm having a hard time picturing casual without my usual jeans..... are shorts, corduroys, or khakis common? Even though it is probably really cold for shorts? How often are there events that need special dress? Are faculty members really strict with how short dresses and shorts are?
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  • GoldBlueGoldBlue 83 replies4 threads Junior Member
    It really depends what you consider to be cold.. New England climate and weather can be very unpredictable. I would say that I switch from wearing shorts to khakis around mid October. As for snow, it can really snow any time between October-March; as I said, New England weather is unpredictable. It usually starts to warm up again in March, though, so be sure to bring your shorts back when you return from spring break! Shorts, corduroys, and khakis are all common; you can wear white jeans as well. There are probably 3-4 special dress events per term. Some faculty are really strict about skirt/dress/short length, so it would behoove you to bring appropriate length clothes! Hope this helps!
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  • cait96cait96 4 replies1 threads New Member
    Hi I am currently a senior who will be applying to choate this year as PG. I want to go really bad for many reasons. Could you answer my questions it would really help me out:)

    First off what are my chances of getting in I am typically a B student with a few nasty grades cause of missing school for health problems. I am an elite hockey player and also play lacrosse. i am very active in volunteer work. i recently discovered a love for learning which is why i want to attend choate to pursue this new passion. f hat's my essay topic i chose to right about will that be a plus for the admissions office?

    whats an interview like? what should i prepare for? what kind of questions are there?

    what types of students succeed at choate? like what characteristics

    how many PG's are there roughly each year?

    since i am not the best student (in past years) what will help me get in this year other than academics?

    alright i think that's it for now thank you:)
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  • cait96cait96 4 replies1 threads New Member
    helloooooo
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  • GoldBlueGoldBlue 83 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Hey cait,

    To be honest, I'm really not sure how PG admissions works in terms of what Choate looks for in its applicants... so I don't have much to tell you regarding if your grades/extra curriculars will help you.

    An interview is like a conversation. Prepare for the interviewer to ask you tons of questions about yourself and why you want to go to Choate.

    Students who succeed at Choate are ones who have a good balance between their academic and social lives. Some students are so focused on getting into an amazing college and getting good grades that they miss out on a huge part of the boarding school experience. Some students socialize too much and don't get good grades. If you find the happy balance, you're golden.

    The number of PGs really varies from year to year. It depends on how many kids leave the grade the previous year. Last year there were maybe 20 or so; this year there are around 30 I think.

    I kind of half assed this (sorry!); I'm not feeling too well and I'm watching tv at the same time lol. If you have more questions regarding PG admissions, feel free to PM me.
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  • cait96cait96 4 replies1 threads New Member
    thank you very much! hope you feel better :)
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  • abcabc333abcabc333 61 replies15 threads Junior Member
    Do third formers usually "go alone or with CRH students to New Haven, or other towns of CT" or "go alone or with other CRH students to more distant cities(NY/Boston)" because I just got the permission slip thing where parents are supposed to check if you need permission to do certain things, and my parents are kind of unsure on some of them....... I was also wondering if we get these permission slips at the beginning of each school year?
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  • abcabc333abcabc333 61 replies15 threads Junior Member
    Or maybe only older students go to NY/Boston with friends.......??
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  • abcabc333abcabc333 61 replies15 threads Junior Member
    Are there music ensembles( for instruments not vocal) for all levels, beginnner, intermediate, advanced, etc., or do you have to be really good to get into an ensemble? Also, do you know how difficult the auditions are, and when they usually take place?
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  • GoldBlueGoldBlue 83 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Third formers usually go on the trips to New Haven, Boston, and New York. If your parents check off the box to allow you to do this, you won't have to go through the dean's office to get permission to go to these places. You do get the permission slips at the beginning of each school year.

    There are music ensembles for each level. What instrument do you play? I can give you more info once I know that. Auditions are the first two weeks of school I believe.
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