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SPS, PEA, or PAA??

MilkandCookiesMilkandCookies Registered User Posts: 155 Junior Member
edited May 2009 in Prep School Admissions
I'd like to hear people's opinions about each school- what you like/ dislike and which is the best :) Just for the heck of it
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Replies to: SPS, PEA, or PAA??

  • MilkandCookiesMilkandCookies Registered User Posts: 155 Junior Member
    bump (keeping it alive)
  • istoleyournose!istoleyournose! Registered User Posts: 607 Member
  • thingslostthingslost Registered User Posts: 896 Member
    w00t!!!!!! GO BIG RED!!!!
  • principalviolaprincipalviola - Posts: 2,418 Senior Member
    I take it you are applying for next year? At one point or other these were all schools that I was choosing between to go to next year... I can give you a quick rundown of each school. If you PM me I will give you a better rundown. I'll start with Andover...

    Andover: Great casual feel to the campus and no dress code. For the last few days the long standing "Andover is the best" argument has to do with the financial status. It is one of the richest schools, and thus, is the only boarding school to maintain a purely need blind status. Take this as you will, but it is one of the big strongpoints of Andover. I love the english department and the courses are a true compliment to the school. The life is also enhanced by the "Cluster System".

    St. Paul's: 100% boarding. One of the top schools, and the top episcopal school. A great asset to the day is the Chapel when the students all gather together and interact. The top musicians play and the best comedians laugh. I would also read up on there "Freedom with Responsibility" sentiment. It is a great philosophy which details the truth that we learn from our mistakes and what we learn and how we apply it is who we are.

    Exeter: Probably the big kahuna (in terms of name recognition, nothing else) of any boarding school. Has the stereotype of being very formal due to the dress code, while the Exonians believe that is just a heirloom from the past. They have a very wide course selection and I love their campus.

    I suggest you add these schools to your list: Milton. Hotchkiss. Groton. Choate.
  • SaerSaer Registered User Posts: 1,494 Senior Member
    Choate choate choate choate. I chose Choate over a waitlist at Andover and a full FA acceptance at Exeter, and if you want me to, I can tell you why. Just ask. :)
    Look into Choate.
  • hyeonhoyhyeonhoy Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    You can't exclude Deerfield when you've included Milton, Groton and Hotchkiss
  • principalviolaprincipalviola - Posts: 2,418 Senior Member
    Just schools that filtered through my mind. There are many schools that would be in sync with what you are looking for while providing a top academic environment. On this forum the shorthand for the top schools is HADES (Hotchkiss, Andover, Deerfield, Exeter, St. Paul's), while schools like Milton, Groton, Lawrenceville and Middlesex parallel the "HADES" in terms of quality. There are plenty of great schools.
  • SarumSarum Registered User Posts: 1,145 Senior Member
    Don't exclude Middlesex.

    SPS SPS am teh win!
  • principalviolaprincipalviola - Posts: 2,418 Senior Member
    I am quoting this from the Master List of 2009 Acceptances...
    lol this is a little late soo it doesnt have to be added (just joined)
    Accepted: St. Paul's School, Concord Academy. Rejected: PEA
    Could you give us a little more insight on your situation, please? I understand you have been accepted to St. Paul's school, but I see that you did not apply to Andover and were rejected to Exeter. Do you plan on applying next year? If that is the case I suggest you just go to St. Paul's, great school. Even if you prefer Andover or Exeter a little more it is not worth it to wait another year. Good luck!
  • SoontoBoardSoontoBoard Registered User Posts: 285 Junior Member
    Excuse me PrincipalViola.
    Andover AND Exeter are the big kahunas. Both have a large amount of reputation and connections that come with them.
  • principalviolaprincipalviola - Posts: 2,418 Senior Member
    My english teacher is a huge A Separate Peace buff so he is decidedly Exeter. Most people here give a lot more recognition to Exeter than Andover. When I lived in Boston it was far different. Roxbury Latin, Andover, and Milton (the three schools the people would recognize on here), and a few others were the "big kahunas". Do not take to much heart to all of this, the top colleges understand all of these are the top.
  • SarumSarum Registered User Posts: 1,145 Senior Member
    Day boys/girls and PG's. this is only what separates SPS from Andover and Exeter..oh yeah they don't have as much land as SPS does.:)
  • MilkandCookiesMilkandCookies Registered User Posts: 155 Junior Member
    this thread is purely just so i can hear what other people think of the school even though im going to one.. its just for fun
  • SoontoBoardSoontoBoard Registered User Posts: 285 Junior Member
    Oh, well where I am respect is given equally to both.
  • principalviolaprincipalviola - Posts: 2,418 Senior Member
    Respect is given equally here. Just slightly more know of Exeter than of Andover. Does not detract from either school! :)
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