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Could anyone use a few words to describe each top boarding school?

SaswisheeSaswishee Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
edited October 2011 in Prep School Admissions
Hi, everyone. I'm thinking about a question recently. We always say that "the good match" is very important for both students and boarding schools. Could anyone use 3 words or more to describe the distinguishing features or emphasis of any top boarding school you are familiar with?

eg: Loomis Chaffee: art
Middlesex: writing,small
Taft: athletic, service-oriented, close relationship (a little old-fashioned?)
Exeter: large, science-y?
Andover: cluster system, large
Hotchkiss: non-cell-phone
Gprep: all-boy

I need more (DA, Choate, St.pual, Peddie, St.andrew, EHS, St.Mark....etc.)

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Replies to: Could anyone use a few words to describe each top boarding school?

  • smskismski Registered User Posts: 136 Junior Member
    St. Mark's: close-knit community
  • classicalmamaclassicalmama Registered User Posts: 2,261 Senior Member
    Exeter: Harkness table, diverse student body and curriculum -- large and scienc-y were definitely not the factors that made it a fit for my kid.

    Three words is a fun exercise, but will probably lead to limiting perspectives more than helping with fit, which is a complex, multi-faceted thing. I'll bet if you asked the student body at any of these schools, they'd all come up with three different words...
  • boardingschoolboardingschool Registered User Posts: 204 Junior Member
    The Hill: sporty

    DA: preppy

  • Mainer95Mainer95 Registered User Posts: 361 Member
    Exeter: Harkness
  • Hcos12893Hcos12893 Registered User Posts: 810 Member
    Middlesex: tradition, athletic, writing, preppy
  • wickedcrazywickedcrazy Registered User Posts: 484 Member
    what about SPS? I'm curious as to what people think.
  • 2010 hopeful2010 hopeful Registered User Posts: 2,041 Senior Member
    SPS: Outdoorsy, Athletic, secluded
    Choate: Artsy, Sciency (maybe)
  • catgcatg Registered User Posts: 516 Member
    prepforprep, are you kidding?
  • Hcos12893Hcos12893 Registered User Posts: 810 Member
    i concur with catg DA is by far the most preppy school without a doubt in my mind
  • neatoburritoneatoburrito Registered User Posts: 3,449 Senior Member
    Maybe prepforprep thinks being "very very nice and welcoming" and being preppy are mutually exclusive.
  • toombs61toombs61 Registered User Posts: 775 Member
    For Hotchkiss, let me share a Lewis Lapham quote about his prep school: "Hotchkiss, like Yale, like Harvard, is about setting wealth to music." I'm not sure that this quote now applies to Hotchkiss; but I'm not sure that it doesn't. If it does, I doubt that Hotchkiss is the only BS that fits this quote these days. So maybe we should say for all of the top BS's: "wealth set to music".
  • DappleDapple User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 214 Junior Member
    Lawrenceville: House System, Harkness, Location, Athletic

    Peddie: tight-knit community, swim team (or so I've heard)
  • urbanflopurbanflop Registered User Posts: 1,682 Senior Member
    Exeter: diversity, huge library, abundance of courses
  • WintersetWinterset Registered User Posts: 717 Member
    St. Paul's: Community, spectacular campus, talented
  • SaswisheeSaswishee Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    Maybe 70% schools have the characteristics of community, spectacular campus and talented students; I think the comments are too general. I hope you all post the features of the school rarely existed and possessed in other schools and can represent the school. I mean when the school's name occurs to your mind, what words could you think of?
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