<p>I'm in 7th grade and I want to apply to a boarding school for 9th. I have some questions and I hope you guys could help me. I am a straight A student in all AP classes. I'm looking for a medium - to large size boarding school with good academic and athletic programs. Here is my current list of schools that I'm considering: </p>
<p>Phillips Exeter Academy
Phillips Academy Andover
The Hill School
Western Reserve Academy
<p>My Questions are:</p>
<p>What schools offer the best financial aid? I'm going to need either full financial aid or almost full financial aid.
I won't be able to visit many of boarding schools, so I was wondering if doing alumni interviews, or interviews over the phone or on Skype hurt my chances?
I'm not currently doing a lot of extracurricular activities (there isn't a lot of opportunities), but I am restarting swimming, and about to start fencing and some volunteer work. So my question is: will the schools care that I haven't been doing extracurriculars for a while?
Which schools on my list have the most rigorous academics?
Which schools have the best campuses?
Are there certain schools that have a lot of snobby and stuck up people?
Would having a chronic disease affect my chances of getting in?
Which of the schools have the best social life?
Which of them are the least strict?
Are there schools on my list that are far away from the rest of society?
When should I start studying for SSATs?
I read a post that said that I should take the SSATs in June to see how well I would do. Is that true?
Is Western Reserve a good school?
I heard that some of these schools (Kent, for example) have a lot of drug use going on. Is that true?
What schools don't have a lights out policy?
How religious is Westtown and Kent? </p>
<p>And last but certainly not least,
What other schools should I look into?</p>
<p>I know that is a lot of questions, and I'll probably think of some more soon. Any help would be greatly appreciated.</p>