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What boarding schools are you applying to for Fall 2019?

Boarding2019Boarding2019 Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
With SSATs, interviews and applications looming large, I'm wondering where prospective boarders on the Forum are applying and what is your order of preference? Would be nice to see a diversity of responses, even though I know my list is not very "diverse". Let's keep the comments positive, I hope!

Order of preference

1. SPS
2. Exeter
3. Lawrenceville
4. Taft
5. Loomis Chaffee
5. Thacher
6. Cate

Replies to: What boarding schools are you applying to for Fall 2019?

  • CaliMexCaliMex Registered User Posts: 1,694 Senior Member
    Your list looks VERY diverse in that you have enormous schools AND tiny schools. And communities with very different cultures/vibes. It is hard to tell what you are looking for. The only way in which your list is NOT diverse is in that the acceptance rates for all these schools are less than 20 percent.
  • CavsFan2003CavsFan2003 Registered User Posts: 948 Member
    edited October 2018
    Heyo! I want to hop on this train. I'm in a car on my way back to Indiana from Connecticut visiting 3 schools, so I'm gonna post now. I'm a repeat sophomore applicant.

    I'm applying to:

    -Hotchkiss School
    -Choate Rosemary Hall
    -Loomis Chaffee School
    -Phillips Academy Andover
    -Phillips Exeter Academy
    -Concord Academy

    I've interviewed at Hotchkiss, Loomis, Choate, and Concord, and toured at Hotchkiss, Loomis, and Choate. I'll be doing Skype interviews for Andover and Exeter. I would've toured them but we couldn't fit it in our trip, just geography and time, all that. Hotchkiss is my number one but Loomis and Choate are really close to it. Obviously they're all different environments but I'd like to go to any of them. I originally had a super long list but decided to cut like 10 of the schools off, leaving me with 6. I interviewed at Brooks and really liked the interviewer but I'm not sure I'll finish my application there. I had schools like Middlesex, Milton, Holderness, Berkshire, Blair, Mercersburg, Storm King, etc., but I just want to apply to my 6.
  • Boarding2019Boarding2019 Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    @CaliMex Yes it's a sllightly weird list - 6 schools is the maximum application number this year. Just happened to like SPS/PEA on visits, and Cali is home. Size doesn't really matter to me, since kids usually end up with a small/medium sized cluster of friends no matter the size of school, so even a "large" school can feel small. As for Taft and Loomis, really good schools, but we put them down as safeties. Not saying they aren't awesome, and would be very happy there, just think the admissions chances there are good. Want to board for Grade 9, but family thinks that the academics need to be an upgrade from current school so better to get into a top choice, and if it doesn't work out, apply again next year.
  • AltrasAltras Registered User Posts: 359 Member
    Taft and Loomis aren't safety schools. A safety school is a nearly guaranteed acceptance. They are reaches for most everyone, and perhaps a target/match for a very few kids with just the right hooks. In fact, every school on your list is a reach. No problem with that, so long as you understand that going into the application process and aren't expecting a guaranteed acceptance on March 10.
  • cababe97cababe97 Registered User Posts: 462 Member
    Taft and Loomis should 100% not be listed as safety schools. Taft and Loomis are top schools and admission is never guaranteed anywhere. I would highly recommend that you apply to some other schools if you really have your heart set on attending boarding school.
  • Boarding2019Boarding2019 Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    @Altras @cababe97 Good feedback, so I will refer to Taft and Loomis as feasible target schools. From an academic profile standpoint (SAT, SSAT, matriculation) I would prefer not to look at schools that have lower stats than Loomis and Taft. Otherwise best to stay at current day school and do club sports, and reapply next year if need be. It’s not “boarding school or broke” in my household. It’s more “boarding school is ideal if academics and sports align” or stay at current school, which is a crazy academic place but not a lot else.
  • ilovechoateeeeeilovechoateeeee Registered User Posts: 411 Member
    I am applying to 3 schools (two of which are day schools) in order of preference-

    1. Choate repeat 9th
    2. Riverdale 10th
    3. Horace Mann repeat 9th

    They are all reach schools, Choate more so than the other two, but I already attend a top public school so I am okay with rejections.
  • sunnyschoolsunnyschool Registered User Posts: 1,215 Senior Member
    @Boarding2019 Are you saying 6 is your personal limit, or are the Boarding schools limiting applications to 6 now?
  • Boarding2019Boarding2019 Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    @sunnyschool Family limitation is 6, but then worry set in so I added a 7th. Will have to trim it to 6 imminently.

    I have read on CC of instances of counselors limiting the number of schools a student can apply to. Perhaps they fear if kids apply to too many their grades could drop because of the time and effort involved. Maybe it puts a burden on some teachers and staff regarding recommendations.

    Anyone able to opine on the reasons some guidance counselors limit the number of BS applications?
  • gardenstategalgardenstategal Registered User Posts: 5,324 Senior Member
    The high school I attended now limits college applications to 10 per student so that "schools will know that the student is serious." Can't say that I love their approach, but I can imagine that some private schools might do this for BS, less to show seriousness but to keep their students from cannibalizing each other -- especially given that the BS universe is small and most of the schools are also small.

    With that said, I don't know of any schools that do this.
  • Momto4kidsMomto4kids Registered User Posts: 336 Member
    @CavsFan2003 There is a post on the main thread about Concord overenrolling its current 9th grade. May want to clarify spots available.
  • ReluctantDadReluctantDad Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    Our son is applying to a few schools

    1. Deerfield
    2. Middlesex
    3. Lawrenceville
    4. Milton
    5. SPS
    6. Choate

    Maybe: Andover
  • CavsFan2003CavsFan2003 Registered User Posts: 948 Member
    @Momto4kids I posted that! I was repeating but a Concord AO emailed me telling me it'd be a better idea to apply 11th there.
  • SigmaJaRaySigmaJaRay Registered User Posts: 24 Junior Member
    Kimball Union Academy
    Western Reserve
    Cranbrook Schools
    Lawrence Academy
  • SigmaJaRaySigmaJaRay Registered User Posts: 24 Junior Member
    Oh and Asheville
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