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Choate Rosemary Hall

Student rating 4.6/5 by Amherst College student
333 Christian Street Wallingford CT 06492 United States

Academic

Choate Rosemary Hall review by Amherst College student. During my time at Choate Rosemary Hall, I was given the opportunity to fully discover and reach my greatest potential. The rigorous classes continually forced me to think outside of the box and the teachers were always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that the students had a thorough grasp on the material that was being taught. The classes were small, as is common in most prep schools, and generally did not exceed 14 students. This small class size promoted a more intimate learning environment. This in turn promoted a strong camaraderie amongst the students.

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

Facilities are beyond belief and compare to facilities seen at some of our nations best schools. The town that Choate is located in is relatively quiet and there are a few stores and food places to go to. However, most of the fun takes place on campus since the school does it's best to bring in musicians and comedians, as well as host numerous dances. New Haven is half an hour away and New York is a little more than two hours away so, fun is just around the corner.

Without a doubt, my participation in theater was one of my best life experiences. I gained so much confidence with my own abilities and I, in turn, was able to encourage the newer members of the theater community to have faith in themselves. However, other engrossing activities that I partook in were volleyball, the debate club, basketball and various community service activities. I arrived at the school without any idea of how to play volleyball and basketball and I left after playing on the varsity teams for my junior and sophomore years. The coaches were amazing and extremely caring and they never stopped encouraging me to do my best.