What boarding schools are you applying to for Fall 2019?

@CavsFan2003 There is a post on the main thread about Concord overenrolling its current 9th grade. May want to clarify spots available.

Our son is applying to a few schools

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

Maybe: Andover

@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.

Kimball Union Academy
Western Reserve
Cranbrook Schools
Lawrence Academy

Oh and Asheville

Im applying to Groton Andover SPS Exeter Choate Deerfield Cate, what kind of kids would fit in better at a larger skl?

@badminton4life I think most kids could fit in at a bigger BS, just cause you can find your own niche. Now my current school is over twice the size of Exeter and Andover, so I guess I personally am used to big schools, but from what I can gather is most students will find a niche.

@CavsFan2003 when u mean niche u mean like hobby or new talent or sport or something like that right?

@badminton4life Like interests and values, yeah.

At some bigger schools, especially ones with PG years, only very good athletes will play on varsity. At a smaller school, it may be easier to make a team if you are willing to work hard and are improving.

A bigger school may offer more clubs or more music groups. Every place is different - and size is only one part of the difference.

Even at a larger BS, you are likely to know most of the kids in your year and all of the kids in your dorm (or house if they use that system. )

Often, vibe is independent of size. You really should visit when you have acceptances in hand to see what appeals to you. I can attest to the fact that some places will not be your cup of tea and you will know that immediately. I can think of one very beautiful and impressive school that we visited and as we were pulling out of the school at the end of the interview, DS said that every indication he’d had was that competition was what drove the students there and that he didn’t think he’d be happy there. For other people, that might have excited them.

I’m Applying to Both Phillips Academy and Phillips Exeter Academy for lower year.

I know my recommendations are phenomenal and I plan on pouring my heart and soul into my essays. The only thing I’m anxious about is the SSAT. My goal, of course, is to score in the 90%ile or above. I find the math section to be easy but the reading section is difficult.

Anyways, good luck guys!

@YoungThriver Consider taking the ISEE and submitting it to complement your SSAT score. The reading section is easier, but math is harder. If math is your strength, the ISEE can also showcase that.

Thanks! I’ll try that.

My DS is applying to the following schools:

  1. Exeter
  2. Hotchkiss
  3. Andover
  4. SPS
  5. Deerfield
  6. Choate

We decided to only apply to 6 boarding schools, because that is all we could reasonably handle. We are still waiting to receive the December SSAT scores, so fingers crossed. Good luck to everyone!

Applying for 10th grade. Order of preference for me:

  1. Exeter
  2. Milton
  3. Andover
  4. SPS
  5. The Webb Schools

All are reaches, but if I am not admitted I am still going to an amazing public high school. Honestly was a really fun process to experience all around for college too!

@MysticBaguette Is Webb the only CA school you considered? BTW: I don’t know anyone who applied to Webb and wasn’t admitted… so unless you need a lot of financial aid, your chances there are good.

@CaliMex I did consider Cate, but I went on a tour for both and liked Webb more. Plus I want to get out of Cali and would love to be in the New England area. Webb I’m considering a bit of a safety if I don’t get in to the other 4 :slight_smile:

@MysticBaguette Did you visit Stevenson, Thacher, Midland, or Dunn?

@CaliMex I did not, and I actually only looked at Thacher and Dunn online and didn’t like the locations. I chose Webb mainly because it was the closest to where my dad is working right now, so my family wouldn’t have to worry about me being too far away.

@MysticBaguette Are the other schools closer to family?