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Beaver Country Day School

Student rating 3.2/ 5 by Wheaton College student
791 Hammond Street Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States

Academic

Beaver Country Day Schoolreview by Wheaton College student. Academics were strong at Beaver. There were no easy classes, and you had to work for your grade, but the teachers were nice and were willing to help. They did not make an extra effort to help you outside of class, although you could come to them after school and they would help, but I seemed to be the only kid doing that. The class size was quite small- I had one class of 25 students and that was a big class; I remember the room being packed. The workload was a lot, at least for me. History classes in particular had a lot of reading, and my junior year history class with Mr. Yeoh had a couple lengthy papers. That class, though, taught me how to right a good research paper. That has been helpful to me at college, because I have had to write several research papers. Since the class size was small, everyone knew everyone and though the school was a bit competitive, it was never a big issue. We would compare grades with friends, and everyone strived to do well in their classes and get on the honor or high honor role, but Beaver didn't do rankings. Although, for a school that didn't do rankings, we had cum laude, where a select few senior students with the highest GPAs got into a special honors society called cum laude.

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 - Getting Accepted

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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

Student Life was Okay. I didn't make any friends in high school because groups formed quickly. In fact, a lot of students already knew each other from their previous school or from middle school at Beaver. Mainly, the students were wealthy or middle class. The surrounding neighborhood was an upscale neighborhood of mainly wealthy people. The diversity was good at beaver. Mostly the students were Black or White, with a few being Hispanic. The discipline depended on the teacher, but generally the punishment was not severe. However, I was harassed in my first year at Beaver by one of my classmates. The school was good in responding to this, and made sure that for the rest of my years at Beaver, i never had another class with that student.