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prepster1234prepster1234 Registered User Posts: 75 Junior Member
If anybody has gone or is currently going to Tabor I would love some information about the school. How is the work load? Are the teachers supportive? What is the acceptance rate? Anything is appreciated

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  • mrnephewmrnephew Registered User Posts: 4,021 Senior Member
    43 percent acceptance rate.
  • Greta65Greta65 Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    Does any one have information on why the acceptance rate is so high at Tabor? Given that the school seems to have a very positive culture and unique aspects with the marine biology program, I'm surprised that it wouldn't be more popular applicant-wise. To be clear, I mean in comparison to other MA/RI boarding schools with similar SSAT scores and other stats, e.g. Brooks (25%), St Georges (28%)? please specify how you have this info in your reply - speculative theory, insider info, etc - all appreciated! thanks.
  • prepster1234prepster1234 Registered User Posts: 75 Junior Member
    Thank you for all of your input @mrnephew‌ @Albion‌ @Greta65‌. Does anybody know what the average ssat score is? Also what they are looking for specifically? Acceptance percentile for entering in 10th grade? Thank you
  • Greta65Greta65 Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    @prepster1234 According to boardingschoolbeview.com, the average SSAT score *was* 67th percentile (similar to Brooks, St Georges). I do wonder (hope) if that # has gone up with this current admission cycle as my DC's admission decision letter states that this year's accepted students are one of the strongest academically. My DC scored 90th overall and gets good grades at a rigorous middle school, so I was initially concerned about the academic fit. However, we really liked Tabor's environment, administrators, and general feed during our pre-app visits, so she proceeded to apply.

    @albion and others in the know, please share any insights you can share about Tabor academics and college matriculation - much appreciated! It's tough to compare Tabor's college matriculation to other prep schools given that they do not publish number of students admitted to each college.

  • AlbionAlbion Registered User Posts: 272 Junior Member
    @Greta65, I can't speak specifically to Tabor, but what tends to be true at a school with an SSAT average under 70 is that there is a very wide range of abilities. Any kid with a 90+ average will be in honors classes with demanding, capable teachers, surrounded by equally able peers. S/he will be challenged. Yes, every kid on the dorm or on the soccer team will not be quoting Proust and praising calculus, but they will still try in their classes. I've asked several of the top academic achievers at my school (which has a range of abilities) if they felt challenged enough by their peers and teachers, and their response is always an "are you kidding me? Of course!" One kid once confided that she'd learned to drop her language of saying "I failed! I did so poorly on that test!" any time she got a B, because she had friends who had to study and fight hard for a B.

    As far as college matriculation, they aren't publishing numbers because they don't have jaw dropping numbers of kids going to all the best colleges every year. But kids who are capable of doing rigorous academic work are graduating Tabor and heading to schools on their list. If you liked the administrators and the feel of the place, I'd trust that instinct.
  • dodgersmomdodgersmom Registered User Posts: 7,311 Senior Member
    I LOVE Tabor!!! I’ve visited almost all of the New England prep schools, and Tabor was one of my favorites. Great rapport between students and teachers.

    Don’t know whether or not this is of interest to you, but their musical theatre productions are better than any I’ve seen at any of the other schools . . . and ALL the work is done by students (with faculty advisors) - everything from lighting and sound to set design and construction. If I could, I’d go back every year just to see their annual production.

    And they have their own schooner . . . what else could you possibly want???
  • catinthehat579catinthehat579 Registered User Posts: 110 Junior Member
    One of my mom's best friends went to Tabor. She is super smart. She went to Williams for college. Then she went to UVA for grad school for psych, then got a great job doing marketing research and went to William & Mary for her MBA. She has a pretty high class job right now and also still plays ice hockey and does crew!
  • Greta65Greta65 Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    Thank you @Albion @Dodgersmom @catinthehat579 for your comments.
  • OneExcitedDudeOneExcitedDude Registered User Posts: 80 Junior Member
    I visited Tabor and it was a very nice place, but ultimately the marine program is too big for me. If you like sailing, boating or marine biology Tabor is the right place.
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