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Berkeley Carroll School

Student rating 4/ 5 by SUNY - New Paltz student
181 Lincoln Place Brooklyn NY 11217 United States

Academic

Berkeley Carroll Schoolreview by SUNY - New Paltz student. I think that Berkeley Carroll did a great job of preparing me for college. When I first started Berkeley Carroll, coming from a public school, I was a bit unprepared. I was not a great writer and my math skills were just mediocre. 4 years later when I began college I felt as if I was ahead of a lot of my peers and was greatly prepared for the next 4 years of college. The Berkeley Carroll School does not just have one strength when it comes to academics. This school takes students and creates them into adults who want to learn. The teachers care about their students and do anything to create a comfortable learning environment. I believe that one particular aspect of the Berkeley Carroll School that has prepared me for the academic rigors of college is the way they taught me how to write. Even though I was not a great writer as a freshman, my teachers never gave up on me. Instead they worked extra with me and now I believe that I am a great writer. Another aspect that made me love the academics at Berkeley Carroll were the small class sizes and the focus on group discussions rather than just lectures. The classes sizes were not larger than 15 and teachers always had extra hours to help students out if they needed extra help.

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

The campus culture at the Berkeley Carroll school is very liberal. There were always campus wide community days such as diversity day. This was a day where the school would get together in order to talk about the diversity in the school. This is not the only event that the school had, there were multiple days like this. The Berkeley Carroll school was not too rigid in terms of discipline. If you were to get into trouble, they would not just punish you but instead punish you in a way in that you would be able to learn from your mistake.

I played many sports at the Berkeley Carroll School and they sports were decent my first two years. As I got older the competition level amongst the other schools we played and the players at berkeley carroll that were interested was very weak. I was a very competitive athlete and could have used a school that cared more about their athletics. I was also involved in student government which was great! We had meetings every couple of weeks and they took it very serious. Most of the students participated in extra-curricular activities as well as their academics and this made for very well rounded students. There were many activities for students and because of this it was easy for students to get involved in something they were interested in. Berkeley Carroll did a great of supporting students and providing activities for students to participate in.