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  • Personof2017Personof2017 100 replies44 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    And @gossipgirlME How do schedules work? Are they preassigned? How much time do you have in between classes? Can students use bikes?
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  • Personof2017Personof2017 100 replies44 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I have a lot of questions...
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  • AppleNotFarAppleNotFar 1035 replies11 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @Personof2017 Andover is currently on spring break so no homework this past Thursday. The daily class schedule is posted on the website; the typical course load is 5 classes per trimester but I recommend you read the current Course of Study as a guide on what to expect--see links to both below:

    https://www.andover.edu/Academics/ProgramInfo/Pages/DailyClassSchedule.aspx

    https://www.andover.edu/Academics/ProgramInfo/Documents/COS2016-2017.pdf
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  • gossipgirlMEgossipgirlME 33 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @Personof2017 haha, it's good that you have a lot of questions!
    As for schedules, you pick your classes before the start of spring term. As a new underclassmen, there isn't as much choice in the schedule because there are a lot of mandatory classes, but as you get older and find what interests you, a lot more room opens up in your schedule.

    A typical week runs like this (total of 7 periods with 10 minutes between each class):
    Monday-all periods meet for 45 minutes each (with conference period* between 2nd and 3rd), starting at 8:00, ending at 2:45 (red dots** on odd periods)
    Tuesday-all periods meet for 45 minutes each (with * between 2nd and 3rd), starting at 8:00, ending at 2:45 (** on even periods)
    Wednesday- Periods 1, 2, and 7 meet for 75 minutes each, with an all school meeting (more commonly known as ASM) between 2nd and 7th, classes start at 8:00, end at 1:00
    Thursday- Periods 3, 4, 5, 6 meet for 75 minutes each, starting at 8:50 (with * between 3rd and 4th), ending at 2:50
    Friday-all periods meet for 45 minutes each (with * between 2nd and 3rd), starting at 8:00, ending at 2:45 (no **)

    Food! Paresky Commons (known as Commons) is our dining hall and is open from 7-9:15am for breakfast and from 11am-2pm for lunch*** on weekdays, 10:30am-1:30pm for brunch on weekends, and 5-7pm for dinner everyday.

    *conference period- a 30 minute chunk of the day where all teachers are required to be available in their classrooms (or at least a classroom in a building they teach in). They're literally there to help you work out any problems/questions you may have. You can meet with them about your work, or even just do some practice problems on a board with classmates. Piece of advice: utilize conference period! A lot of people don't at first because they're afraid of "looking dumb," but if anything, it's one of the smartest decisions you can make. It shows your teacher that you care about how you're doing in the class and that you're making strides to improve!

    **red dots- a period during which you don't have class. However, this only applies to History (HSS), English (ENG), and high level language courses (I'll check to see if there's more). I believe teachers can choose if they want to use the red dot or to meet during their red dot time and meet only for 45 minutes during the respective extended time slot; most enjoy utilizing the full extended period, though. Let's say I have History-101 during 5th period, and English-100 during 2nd. On Mondays, because it's an odd period, I won't have history and I'm completely free during 5th. On Tuesdays, I won't have english since it's an even period and will have no real obligations, but both classes with be using the extended period.

    ***your lunch period will either be 4th, 5th, or 6th
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  • gossipgirlMEgossipgirlME 33 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @Personof2017 Also, students can definitely bring bikes, scooters, skateboards, etc.

    Classes that meet 4 times a week can assign about 45 minutes of homework each meeting, while those that meet only 3 times can give you about an hour.

    On a typical Thursday, my assignments could look like this:
    History- read pages 112-117 and take notes. Be ready to discuss in class
    Math- pg. 45 problems 27-39
    Spanish-online exercises conjugating verbs in the preterite tense
    Bio-study class notes for tomorrow's quiz
    English-read next 1 or 2 chapters in book and annotate
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  • monica20monica20 87 replies5 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Hi! I've just been accepted to Andover, and I have lots of questions.
    1. In between classes, sports, and other obligations, how much time is given to do leisure activities (going to the gym, painting, etc.)?
    2. How many clubs would you recommend for a (very active) Junior to join? I've seen many clubs at Andover I have interest in, but I'm not sure how many I should take without being overloaded.
    3. Can someone explain the grading system at Andover? My mum and I were trying to understand the 6-point scale.
    4. Are there any opportunities to take internships outside of Andover? I'd like to intern at political offices, and I'm not sure if Andover will allow it.
    5. How are roommates, dorms, and clusters assigned? Can you request certain dorm?
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  • gossipgirlMEgossipgirlME 33 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Congrats @monica20!!!
    1) There's definitely a lot of time to do a lot of things! I was on a varsity sport in the fall term, so I definitely didn't have as much time as my friends did, but in winter I did a life sport (chill things like yoga and instructional dance), which definitely opened up more time. Also, every Friday, the Weekender, a flyer listing all the activities going on on campus that weekend, is emailed to us, so there's always something fun to do.

    2) I can't really give a ballpark number as it depends on what's right for you, but I can say that you should definitely sign up for a lot and see how you like them! We have a club rally in the beginning of the year where all the clubs have booths and you can sign up and see what they're about. You are definitely not obligated to commit to what you sign up for; I recommend going to meetings of clubs you're most interested in and seeing if it's actually something you want to do.

    3) The 6-point scale is an interesting thing to get used to:
    0-Low Fail, 1-Fail, 2-Minimum Pass, 3-Satisfactory, 4-Good, 5-Superior, 6-Outstanding
    Percentages vary (not by much) per department, but I'll update those with more or less fixed numbers once I find the official ones.
    Fives and sixes are the goal, but it's not a big deal at all if that's not happening.

    4) I can't speak on that well since I haven't tried, but what I can say is that it's hard for a boarder to do a lot of things off campus, but it does not hurt to ask and see if it's possible!

    5) You'll get a housing card in the summer asking you whether you want a big dorm or a small dorm, what you would like in a roommate if you want one (keep in mind that there are limited singles, especially for juniors), what your interests are etc. to find someone that you might be compatible with. We have five clusters: Abbot (ABB), Flagstaff (FLG), Pine Knoll (PKN), West Quad North (WQN), and West Quad South (WQS). There are a lot of different options; Abbot has about 14 dorms, but they're all pretty small-medium sized (<20), while Pine Knoll only has 5 dorms, but they all have >35 people. You can totally request a dorm! Are you coming for a revisit? Some boarding revisits will sleep in the dorm with their host and you can see if you like that dorm environment, or your host would gladly probably take you to see another dorm to see that vibe as well.
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  • monica20monica20 87 replies5 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @gossipgirlME thanks for answering my questions! I'm going for a revisit in a couple of weeks, so I'll get to learn more about dorm life when I go. My friend's sister is an Andover student and she's been telling me about each cluster, so I have one in mind that I might request.
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  • monica20monica20 87 replies5 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Also, can someone explain Tang Scholarships?
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  • bc12345bc12345 152 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Second that. And also endowment scholarships
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  • bc12345bc12345 152 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Sorry to overwhelm you with questions! So appreciative of your insight. Here's another question :)).
    What are the study abroad opportunities like? Do people take advantage of them and do they interfere with varsity sports?

    Also if a student is on financial aid are the travel programs covered? Thank you!!
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  • Personof2017Personof2017 100 replies44 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @gossipgirlME When are the placement tests
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  • fayexeterfayexeter 21 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Hi, I'm a incoming Lower middle student at PA. I was accepted to some other schools around the area, and I just wanted to know the reasons why anybody would choose andover over other schools, which I find to be a common choice among my friends here.

    Also another note: I was waitlisted at PEA, my top choice(sorry) what do you think are the differences between the two schools and the advantages PA has over PEA?
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  • fayexeterfayexeter 21 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    By the way, I have a lot of interest in art, music, and STEM, so it would be helpful if you could tell me more about it. Thanks!!
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  • bc12345bc12345 152 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Sharing the strategic plan may have just sealed the deal for us. Thank you so much @AppleNotFar. Would you Pm me telling me the sports your child plays?
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  • gossipgirlMEgossipgirlME 33 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited March 2017
    @bc12345 Endowment scholarships come from the approximately $19 million the school sets aside every year for financial aid. Our admissions committees realize that there are a lot of kids who have what it takes to survive and thrive at Andover, but don't necessarily have the money that would allow them to do so. The school makes a commitment to ensure that everyone has the chance to pursue opportunities that if offers. Whatever percentage of financial aid you have for the regular school year will be applied for any study abroad program you decide to pursue!
    edited March 2017
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  • bc12345bc12345 152 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @gossipgirlME wonderful. Thank you!
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  • gossipgirlMEgossipgirlME 33 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @fayexeter PA offers a lot of options in STEM, art, and music, not only in classes you can take, but also in clubs you can join. There are so many places in the math sequence to enter and find what's best for you. Gelb Science Center (Gelb, for short) is dedicated to biology, chemistry, and physics by floor and is stunning (although I must admit, not as pretty as Phelps at Exeter). We have a variety of STEM-related clubs. There are a lot of ways to pursue art: introductory to advanced drawing, painting, sculpting, photography, video. We have dance groups from jazz to hip hop to tap. We've got bands, orchestras, a cappella groups, choruses, and choirs. You can also take private lessons in a large variety of instruments.
    Last year, I got into to both Andover and Exeter (my top choice). I decided to revisit both; the whole time I was at Andover, I was telling myself "don't enjoy it, you're definitely choosing Exeter so why even bother?" When I revisited Exeter, I found I wasn't able to surpress my love for Andover even though I had been dead set on Exeter. I realized a lot of the comparisons that @AppleNotFar had made. I guess what I'm saying is If possible, definitely come to a revisit day and feel it out for yourself.
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  • gossipgirlMEgossipgirlME 33 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @bc12345 no problem!
    The Tang Institute offers a variety of LITW (Learning in the World) Programs. SYA (School Year Abroad) is probably one you'll hear about a lot, and those go places like China, Spain, France for their respective language immersion. Students typically go during their upper year; however, a lot of us would like the travel experience but don't want to commit to be away for a full year, in which case there are a lot of shorter trips (many of which are during spring or summer break). Destinations include Peru, Dominican Republic, London, and my prefect is currently in Morocco! Application priority for programs is given to those who haven't done a LITW trip, as each student is technically permitted only one trip during their Andover career, but it's possible to do more depending on interest level for that particular program. The variety of options makes it a lot easier for more people to take part in them and allows everyone to find a trip that interests them. Sports wise, I'm not sure how the spring break trips may affect preseason and such, but they definitely won't affect the regular season as they take place when school isn't in session. SYA of course, will prevent you from taking place in your varsity sport(s) because you'd be gone for the whole year.
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