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Academics in Boarding Schools

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  • PhotographerMomPhotographerMom 1964 replies61 threads Senior Member
    ^^^^ So true, Charger and GMT.
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  • 71827135917182713591 26 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @Charger78 I have also read on previous threads that Episcopal has a more "Southern" feel, yet it is in the heart of No. Virginia....just minutes from DC. What is it that gives EHS this "Southern feeling" reputation? Anybody know?
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  • GMTplus7GMTplus7 14268 replies297 threads Senior Member
    EHS has larger proportion of kids from Southern states, as compared to the NE schools.
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  • Charger78Charger78 707 replies4 threads Member
    Another thought. At the small schools, it seems that an individual is more capable of having an outsized impact on the community, and that groups of kids can have a similar effect. My sense of SAS is that among the number of kids from North Carolina and Florida there are some strong personalities in recent years, and that they can give a subtle southern inflection or tone. Very hard to prove, but just a feeling I get, affecting a mannered sense of things.

    EHS has a huge presence, as GMT states, from NC, SC, GA and other Dixie states, as well as Virginia (some web sites are very clear about geographical distribution). Other posts have reflected on the more pronounced southern tone coming out of that preponderance.
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  • strangeusernamestrangeusername 25 replies0 threads Junior Member
    We visited five schools and were accepted to three. We chose not to go to Choate because to us it seemed way too big and impersonal, although their arts program seemed fantastic. Ultimately, we chose Saint Andrew's for a number of reasons: 1) It is within a comfortable driving distance (a few short hours) from our house. 2) It is a smaller school and 100% boarding, and it's culture is very friendly and inviting. 3) The college matriculation states for SAS, like Gorton and other smaller schools, are extremely good, as pointed out by Sharpener earlier. So academics are first rate.
    But in the end, like any school, it depends on what the student puts in to it. 4) The campus is physically stunning, like a movie set, with over 2,200 acres and a beautiful lake. So it feels placid... the kind of place that anyone would want to spend four years of their lives in.... and to remember and value for the rest of their lives.

    So it was a good fit for our family. And that's the point. Every child and every family have their own circumstances, taste and culture. The "best" school is the one that is best for you and your family.... not the one that is best known... or good at marketing to kids... or hyped on discussion boards.
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  • patronyorkpatronyork 420 replies19 threads Member
    @strange

    I guess you chose the best school for your child. You are right in every way. THe best school is the one that fits the best your culture and taste. Besides, SAS is the school that I always adore. For the same reason, we chose Thacher for our son. I guess they two have a very similar school atmosphere and the notable difference is the location.
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  • strangeusernamestrangeusername 25 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Thacher is one of the finest schools in America, but it gets little attention on this board because it is in California and not well known or hyped by the 14 year-olds who are looking to be "chanced" here. Yet you can be sure that College Admissions people, whose job it is to know, know what a great school it is.
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  • Trekko10Trekko10 80 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @strangeusername: I like Thacher too, but appears Thacher is a difficult school to get into. Do you have any ideas on the SSAT percentile they require for admission - grade 9?
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  • PhotographerMomPhotographerMom 1964 replies61 threads Senior Member
    SSAT is 87% Admit rate is 13% .
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  • OneExcitedDudeOneExcitedDude 77 replies3 threads Junior Member
    Any thoughts on Middlesex from you guys?
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  • mrnephewmrnephew 3998 replies23 threads Senior Member
    edited April 2015
    It's good.
    edited April 2015
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