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which top prep-schools are strong math/science focused?

rajriaruprajriarup Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
edited October 2012 in Prep School Admissions
In consideration of selecting Boarding schools to apply for my son (currently grade 8 student), he is interested in engineering, science, or math.

appreicate your advice.
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Replies to: which top prep-schools are strong math/science focused?

  • mhmmmhmm Registered User Posts: 1,192 Senior Member
    All top schools focus on math science humanities in a very strong manner. That is why they are "top"
  • laughalittlelaughalittle Registered User Posts: 560 Member
    I would say that Peddie has a strong science and math presence. Our science program is one of the top within boarding schools--this is no exaggeration.
  • GMTplus7GMTplus7 Registered User Posts: 14,567 Senior Member
    Unless the student is profoundly gifted (IQ>170), any of the top prep schools will probably be just fine. These schools will put the student in a math or science class according to ability, rather than by grade.
  • rajriaruprajriarup Registered User Posts: 18 New Member

    I dont know his IQ number. Just curious, is IQ level a factor that prep school admission considers for admission purpose ?
  • GMTplus7GMTplus7 Registered User Posts: 14,567 Senior Member
    I don't know of any high school BS that requires an IQ test. Some junior BS do, however.

    Unless your son is a serious math genius, I would not worry about the math/science at the top BS's-- they will all offer excellent programs in ALL subjects.
  • mountainhikermountainhiker Registered User Posts: 810 Member
    I'll echo what GMTplus7 said - any of the top prep schools will have depth and breadth in science and math classes. In our research, these schools all had solid STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) offerings (including computer science, engineering and robotics, whether classes and/or good ECs): Choate, Deerfield, Loomis Chaffee, Milton, Ridley College, St. Marks, and Thacher.
  • rajriaruprajriarup Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    i am interested to know what is youre research focuses on?
    We are new to the BS and Private school world and love to get educated.
  • ChoatieMomChoatieMom Registered User Posts: 4,780 Senior Member
    The best way to educate yourself on what the various boarding schools offer is to go to their websites and view their curriculums. The number, breadth, and description of courses offered will give you a good idea of which schools have the courses your student is looking for, but I second @mhmm's comment that all of the top schools offer very strong programs in both math and science. You are better off looking at course guides and contacting schools than just asking for opinion here. No matter which school(s) posters present in their comments, ultimately you will have to follow up by doing what I suggest. If the issue is that you just don't know where to start, go to:

    Boarding School Review - College-Prep & Jr. Boarding Schools

    which is the site most people use to get an idea of the types of schools out there that appeal. You can use your own criteria to determine which schools are "top" for you and then drill down on the science / math programs on their websites.
  • GMTplus7GMTplus7 Registered User Posts: 14,567 Senior Member
    After doing an initial search via the Boarding School Review website that ChoatieMom mentioned, it is useful to have a look at the school's profile. The School Profile is a ~4 page long document that is available to universities so that universities can acquaint themselves with the school.

    The School Profiles summarizes:
    - Student Body demographics
    - Curriculum offerings
    - Athletic/EC offerings
    - Diploma Requirements
    - Grading System
    - Academic Standing criteria
    - Course Levels
    - SAT / AP scores
    - College Matriculation stats

    Every school has this document. Here is an example:

    You can Google the document for different schools, but it may take some digging around as the schools intend these documents to be used by universities rather than by student applicants. I find the School Profile to be a useful supplement to the info available on the school websites.
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