I’m trying to help my son find boarding schools to apply to and it is very hard without visiting. There is a lot of discussion of fit and being open to new, perhaps unfamiliar schools. Every other post seems to be chance for Exeter/Andover and admonishment against wanting “top schools” because of low admittance rates.
So, can you please help?
Many of the schools seem so similar online and it is difficult to disambiguate
Rigorous academics; Latin; Also interested in classics
Robust arts, would like a filmmaking class, enjoys drawing, writing, comic books, theatre, and performing
He is a pretty dreamy kid, pursues his own interests, pleasant and easy going for 13
He is a strong math and science student but not his primary interest
No particular preferences for size, except that he wants to find his tribe and my assumption is he will best be able to do that a bigger school
He has taken many years of ballet, could pursue In high school He enjoys but it isn’t a passion and he is not an artiste
He has never been particularly sports-oriented but is interested in both crew and wrestling, physically he will be about 6’2” - 6’4” with a lanky, long armed body; lots of wrestlers in our family, father rowed, cousin rowed at Cal
Was supposed to go to Exeter and do a summer program with crew and classics this summer, canceled
He is a hard worker, self motivated, but not competitive, has taken many classes at CTY
We don’t particularly care if the school has abandoned AP
Doesn’t play an instrument, Not particularly musical, has sung in a few musicals but mostly liked the performance aspect
No SSAT scores yet but he had very high Middle Level ISEE and can regularly score 1450 on timed SAT, before 13; willing to study for a test
Coming from public school,Title 1
Very hard to predict the future, he still sleeps in a bed littered with Lego Batman (model blah blah blah); not inherently sporty, not a gamer, not outdoorsy
Father and Uncle both attended Phillips Exeter
Full pay or close to it
Can you please help? Thank you.