Horace Mann School

School rating 4.6/5 by University of Pennsylvania student
231 West 246th Street Bronx NY 10471 United States


Horace Mann School review by University of Pennsylvania student. The Horace Mann School is already incredibly well known for it's academic rigor. Students spend four years in a competitive environment, but more importantly they spend four years in an environment in which intellectualism is a virtue, something to aspire to. Horace Mann teaches students how to learn, not how to do well on tests. Though students do care about grades and colleges a fair deal, those competitive attributes of the student body do not mingle with the social life- students maintain both a collegiate and competitive attitude towards each other. Almost all of Horace Mann's academic departments are top notch. That is a function both of the students and the teachers. Horace Mann's strongest department is by far its mathematics department. The enthusiasm that all the teachers have for the subject is unparalleled. Other departments of note are the English department and the science department. Although there are a few phenomenal teachers in the department, the foreign language department has always been a bit weak. The four years that any student spends in Horace Mann will make college a breeze. The difficult of Horace Mann is unparalleled by any college, but on top of that the strength of the student body makes the experience unique. Classes range from about ten to twenty students making the environment very personal and teachers easily accessible.

College Counseling

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  • "They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university…"
  • "For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more…"

Admissions Process

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  • "Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transfered from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard's were two of the larger feeder schools…"
  • "For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents*the kids speak on the tour. Don't ask their questions for them because their evaluation will be affected by the fact that the guides didn't hear a thing from the kid…"

School Life

Horace Mann is located in Riverdale, NY. It is a nice area of the Bronx. The school is located on a hill, so it is is secluded and not connected to the more dangerous areas of the Bronx (which are not actually that dangerous). The campus is absolutely gorgeous. It is a very big campus given the size of the student body, but the facilities are great. Horace Mann has really invested a great deal to make sure that its students are learning in a nice environment. The campus is very contained and there is a security team, which ensures the well-being of the students. The student body is fairly diverse- although the majority of the student body is Jewish, there are lots of other ethnicities represented. One of the most stereotyped aspects of the Horace Mann student body is the economic level of the students. Many are very wealthy, but that factor generally does not reveal itself in the everyday activities of the students. There is no social structure in which you have to be rich to be popular. Overall, the quality of life at Horace Mann is great. The school makes sure to be well rounded and makes sure its students are very comfortable.

Horace Mann has phenomenal extra-curricular activities. Even though it is a somewhat small school, there are students that are interested in everything. The biggest clubs are the debate clubs. They are all very prestigious and help foster skills in young debaters. The Horace Mann newspaper, The Record, is probably the best high school newspaper in the country. It is incredible that students that age are able to put out such a comprehensive and well laid out newspaper. Apart from the major clubs and publications, there are a plethora of smaller clubs to get involved with. Every student finds his or her niche with the clubs at Horace Mann.