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Boarding School Relationships With The Towns They are Located In


Replies to: Boarding School Relationships With The Towns They are Located In

  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 43,686 Super Moderator
    Is there a specific reason anyone would think it's weird to apply to both Choate and Deerfield?
    Not that it's weird, just that they are different from location to dress code. Not that one is right or one is wrong. Both are great schools. But it's like (IMO) the HS senior whose top 2 schools are Dartmouth and Columbia or Brown and Columbia.
  • CaliMexCaliMex Registered User Posts: 1,694 Senior Member
    The Deerfield vibe is more New England preppy. More traditional and formal (I.e. assigned seats at formal dinners).

    Choate feels more NY elite, modern.

  • MAandMEmomMAandMEmom Registered User Posts: 1,596 Senior Member
    I would gather there may not be a lot of overlap between Deerfield and Choate. My DD did not apply to Choate - just didn't feel the fit. And...while modern look (purposeful) might not be a term you would associate with Deerfield, NY elite is definitely, and most certainly well-represented.
  • CC4lifeCC4life Registered User Posts: 243 Junior Member
    Personally, I think it is really hard for someone to tell how if a school is a good fit for them through a tour and interview. During these visits you meet a max of 4 or 5 people (a tour guide, AO, Admissions office front desk, maybe a coach/teacher). Personally, I felt that Deerfield and Choate were both incredibly nice schools with really kind students and staff and both have really strong swim programs and strong journalism programs (deerfield scroll/choate news). Both schools also have a strong emphasis on the humanities. Personally, I love Choate's signature courses and extensive economic course offerings that go beyond AP Macro and AP Micro, however I also loved deerfield's campus more than choate, because it had less day students and I felt like since it was more rural and people were sort of together all the time which, IMO built a stronger boarding community and as someone from CA, I'm not gonna be going back and forth very often on the 3 or 4 day weekends every few weeks so I wanted a close-knit intense/vast majority boarding school. Again, both schools have their pros and cons in my opinion but I felt like I would be happy at either one I would (hopefully) be accepted to. Anyways, I don't see how applying to Deerfield and Choate would be any different than applying to Andover and Exeter. One is more casual than the other and one is stereotypes as being more STEMy and the other is more humanities focused. I don't see any reason why applying to rivals or schools that are polar opposites would be weird. Ultimately, it doesn't really matter that you apply to rival schools until revisit days if and when one will figure out which school fits them better, If one has the time to submit an application and also has a genuine interest in both schools I don't see any reason why applying to both schools would be seen as weird.
  • ilovechoateeeeeilovechoateeeee Registered User Posts: 411 Member
    Sorry, I guess I didn’t word it very well. I didn’t mean that it was necessarily “weird,” I was just curious about why
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 43,686 Super Moderator
    And with that, let's get back to topic.
  • Golfgr8Golfgr8 Registered User Posts: 976 Member
    FWIW Deerfield has a great relationship with the town....ugghhh...I mean historical village-museum. It feels like the campus is the village or a historical movie set. The students can be seen walking to the candy shop and bakery off campus. Best part for us is that the Deerfield Inn is “on campus”. Students can have dinner there and pick up great food (Pizza, Chicken Pot Pie, Lobster Roll, Truffle Fries, etc) to take back to the dorm - or study space. For DH and I it’s great, because we can stay overnight 50 yards from campus, have a martini, and not worry about driving :-S
  • AltrasAltras Registered User Posts: 359 Member
    FWIW - my son and his friends at Choate frequently go into Wallingford for meals, bowling, movies, shopping at Walmart, etc. and he just told me that he's never felt or heard of any antogonism between the community and the Choate students. Like many BSs, Choate has a student body that is very active in volunteering and community service and the surrounding community benefits from that.
  • vwlizardvwlizard Registered User Posts: 335 Member
    Winchendon has a community dinner once a month where they invite people from the surrounding town.
  • CC4lifeCC4life Registered User Posts: 243 Junior Member
    @Altras I have heard the same thing from my current friends at Choate, however, we had 2 tour guides with us (I think they were teaching the new one how to give tours) and they both said that they felt that Wallingford was a little less accepting of Choate students. I think it partly has to do with it being more competitive for Wallingford day students than boarding students to gain admission as compared to a school like Deerfield where they have MUCH fewer day student applicants and accept a Large portion of them. I was surprised to here this at choate, however, after reading online articles in Wallingford papers I got the sense that Choate was pretty separate from the Wallingford community as opposed to schools like Milton or Deerfield.

    I think the same thing goes for Lawrenceville which literally has fences that surround the the entrances to the campus. I guess it is just a perception that some people in the town community have.
  • TeahupoTeahupo Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Last year, The Choate News started a weekly column covering local events in Wallingford.

    Each week "restaurant profiles, photos and articles - ranging from coverage of walkouts at the local public schools to a feature on the Wallingford Witch Trials - fills page 3"

    Andover students are called "Cat Boners" by some Andover residents. The term sounds a little derogatory but I have no idea why or what is means.

  • HotchymomHotchymom Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Kent School is in gorgeous Kent, CT. Kids can walk into town freely. They have to be back on campus before dark. The people in town love the kids. The school and the Kent community have a special relationship. The kids hit the diner after chapel on Sundays. They can go on a real date and grab a burger at a number of places. It’s small, quaint, safe. It’s just enough for what the kids need.
  • Hopeful0304Hopeful0304 Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    So nice to hear that @Hotchymom as HopefulKid was just accepted and is over the moon!
  • HotchymomHotchymom Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    edited March 6
    Oh how wonderful! Big congrats to you all! My oldest graduated from Hotchkiss and I currently have 2 boys at Kent. They LOVE it. It is gorgeous!
  • sparkatzzsparkatzz Registered User Posts: 190 Junior Member
    Still waiting for my Kent admission mail, but when I was touring there, I got an ice cream right next to Kent, and the store is on the way from the main campus to their engineering building. The ice cream was really good!
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