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Choate Rosemary Hall

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333 Christian Street Wallingford CT 06492 United States
9th to PG
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The academic offerings at Choate are absolutely unbeatable. With AP classes offered in virtually every subject, languages such as Chinese and German available for study, and study abroad programs offered everywhere from China to France and Spain, the school is unmatched in its quality and variety of education. In addition to its broadness in scope, Choate's curriculum is thoroughly challenging, and its departments are strong across the board. The economics department in particular wins awards on a regular basis, either finishing as a finalist or placing first in the FED Challenge every year. The classes are small, with the average being 11 or 12 students, and consequently, there is nowhere to hide. Students learn to be confident and articulate with the classroom round table setup where one is always face to face with one's peers. The sciences at Choate are also particularly strong, with selected students able to engage in groundbreaking research and actually get published while still in high school. In addition to these more traditional disciplines, the art program at Choate cannot be beaten. With a gorgeous arts center by architect I.M.Pei, the arts receives all due attention at Choate. The offerings at Choate allow students to hone their intellectual and creative skills simultaneously, and the caring faculty at Choate do their best to make sure everyone finds his or her niche somewhere at the school.

College Counseling

College counseling at Choate is highly individualized, with college counselors overseeing everything from essay writing....

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

There is no set formula for gaining admissions to Choate, which admits roughly 25% of....

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

The quality of life at Choate is on the whole very good. Each dormitory is within a five minute walk of another, so the students really do bond and treat one another as family. The campus itself is gorgeous with beautiful architecture and rolling hills. Choate's dining hall, at first glance, appears to be more of a ball room with its gigantic fireplace and chandeliers. The food itelf is suprisingly good, with everything offered from a fully stocked salad bar to chef-prepared omelets on Sunday mornings for brunch. The one drawback to Choate's quality of life is the town in....

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