There is so much talk of the HADES schools and the "Ten Schools" that sometimes it gets a bit old. I am going crazy by the wait and would love to hear others impressions of school that don't fall into that category. (Just something to pass the time). We went to a "Ten schools seminar" and went through many CDs and litature but the only Ten schools our son applied to was Lawrenceville. And while that is his "reach" school it is not my favorite. (We also visited Choate, but it definitely would not be a fit. I personally love Tabor. Everything I have read leads me to believe it is more relaxed and the kids are happier, while still getting a top notch education. AND...since the average SSAT is a bit lower than the Hades school I think my son could flourish there with an 89% SSAT average instead of just keeping up. I love there Marine Science focus, and since my son's strengths are math and science I think he would love it. I am obviously hoping for Tabor. But I also Loved Mercersburg. It seems like such a well rounded place. I love that they don't have Saturday classes and still have sit down meals. AND they have an amazing out door program that can count for there athletic requirement. Those are my top two favorites and feel my son would be happiest at one of those schools. I think the HADES schools get most of the attention because they are precieved as more prestigous, but really what is important is fit. Where will your child thrive the most. What are your non HADES non Ten Schools favorites? Impressions? Gut feelings...just thought it would be a fun topic as the wait is killing me.