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Andover? Ask a student.


Replies to: Andover? Ask a student.

  • Tapper7Tapper7 Registered User Posts: 124 Junior Member
    Puppylvr: There are definitely people at Andover who have skipped grades as well as people who started early. For example, there's currently a fourteen year old upper and a few fifteen year old uppers. To my knowledge none of them had or are currently having any more trouble than anyone else. I'm sure in some cases it's a bad idea, but I think Admissions does a pretty good job of catching those too immature to handle Andover. So basically, apply and see what happens. Admissions will evaluate you the same as everybody else, on your academic and personal maturity, not your age. It's very possible that you are ready for boarding school and repeating, while common, is not for everybody.
  • ksong12ksong12 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    There are definitely people who have skipped grades, and on the other hand, people who have repeated grades.

    Now if you meant skipping WHILE at andover, that's a different story. I only know of one case - someone in my grade skipped upper year and is now a senior applying/applied to college. but that is certainly the exception, not the rule.
  • TomTheCatTomTheCat Registered User Posts: 1,659 Senior Member
    ksong, what about that kid who's into MIT as an Upper? Or is he just PA folklore?

    Some of my friends like to exaggerate. You probably know who I'm talking about
  • ksong12ksong12 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    Yeah that's what I meant by my last sentence.

    He's not technically an upper anymore. He reclassified as a senior back in October. It's not PA folklore, he is very real, and got into MIT early, yes.

    Hehe yes, but no they aren't exaggerating. He's quite real, a friend of mine, and in my compsci class too.

    Check ya FB :P
  • BenleyBenley Registered User Posts: 1,643 Senior Member
    What MAJOR awards did your friend get, ksong?
  • circlemidnightcirclemidnight Registered User Posts: 438 Member
    how are the bands in andover like? and if you're in marching band (if they have one), are you exempted from PE? (If they have PE. I've never heard of anything like PE even mentioned in any of these schools.) well, maybe sports.
  • Rad-in-Plaid96Rad-in-Plaid96 Registered User Posts: 3,207 Senior Member
    NMH and exeter have PE i think. jussssst putting that out there
  • ksong12ksong12 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    Mm, I'd rather keep him anonymous, and telling that might make it obvious to anyone who does a google search.
  • overandoveroverandover Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    Everyone at Andover is required to do one (?) term of PE. I don't know of a marching band, but we have Drumline and plenty of other musical groups. However, they aren't connected to the gym requirement or (I think) the required after-school sport per term. Don't worry though, there are tons of sports alternatives, some that only take up about 45 minutes each day, so if you're a music person instead of an athletic person, you'll be fine.
  • ksong12ksong12 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    That's correct, everyone who enters in 9th or 10th is required to do one term, no matter if they do a sport or not (however, if you do take PE as a 6th course, you are exempt from a sport that term)

    We don't have a marching band, but yes, there is drumline and quite a few music groups, from acapella groups, bands, orchestras, choirs, gospel choir, etc etc.

    They are not connected to any athletic requirement, although there is "music basics" as a sport which is more or less practice time. You may take the faculty run (but not student run) musical ensembles for academic credit, however (but they cannot count towards your graduation requirement).
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