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Bishop Feehan High School

School rating 4.1 / 5 by

70 Holcott Drive Attleboro MA 02703 United States
Boarding
None to None
Day
9th to 12th
Gender
Coed

Academic

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Classes at Bishop Feehan High School (Freehan's) were generally structured in lecture format, although group discussions and socratic seminars were often integrated into social studies, religion, and literature classes. I found Feehan's Spanish prepared me extremely well for the rigor of foreign language classes in college. Even at Harvard, I felt I knew more as a freshman than most of the other students in my advanced Spanish class. Classes in the humanities, especially AP Literature, prepared me well for college writing. The science classes prepared me well enough for collegiate science, but I was by no means ahead of the curve. Math and science are good at Feehan, but not great. The exceptions are AP Calculus AB and AP Statistics. They are fantastic. Humanities, especially English and Spanish, are phenomenal. Weekly workload varied per person, but honors and AP students could expect to have four to six hours of homework each night. Class sizes ranged from 6 to about 25, with more advanced classes being smaller. Teachers were very willing to stay after school or come in early to help both challenged students as well as those who wished to further their knowledge of a subject beyond what was expected by the class requirements. The school is unique in that it requires that every student take four years of Catholic Theology. Most students know a good deal about religion in general by the time they graduate. Most students also leave with very solid to exceptional writing skills. Feehan pushes most students to maintain a broad education. That said, by senior year some are encouraged to take APs that complement what they think they will be studying in college.

College Counseling

Informally, we began talking about specific colleges late my sophomore year. I met with my....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • 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

The school, although it denies it, favors Catholic students heavily. Yes, but not attending the....

Sample insights on admissions

  • 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. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • 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 transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

Students at Bishop Feehan High School are generally conservative and come from a slightly upper middle class suburban background. The school has a strong Irish-American Catholic demographic. Students are generally friendly and giving of their time. Was the school's approach to discipline too rigid or too liberal? Far too rigid. It's Catholic school, what do you expect? The school is in a middle-class neighborhood, but most students are from the upper middle class. A few students are poor, and some are fairly wealthy. It's no Deerfield, but generally kids come from some money. There were few instances of....

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