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Choate Rosemary Hall

Student rating 4/5 by Dartmouth College student
333 Christian Street Wallingford CT 06492 United States

Academic

Choate Rosemary Hall review by Dartmouth College student. Choate Rosemary Hall has an excellent academic program. The curriculum is well structured, and the style of teaching is incredibly conducive to not only learning information but also learning how to think critically. While the classes prepare you very well for SATs and APs, they are definitely not "exam factories" as some would say. Students do well on the exams not because they were taught exactly what was on the exam, but because they learn how to study, think, and write well at Choate. Class sizes are wonderful (on average between 10 and 14 students per class); the smallest class I had was 8 students, and the largest allowed is 16 students. These sizes have their pluses and minuses (depending on how you view things). Each student is accountable in class and has the opportunity to participate in great discussions. My favorite part about the academics at Choate, however, was the faculty. They are truly amazing people. While the faculty do have office hours, they are almost always available to help you with class work or to give advice on any other issues. Some of my best relationships from high school were with faculty members.

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…"

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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 quality of life at Choate is okay, but not great. The rules are very strict about where you can go, and I would say are not conducive to inter-gender relations at all. The area is pretty safe, however. The student body is pretty diverse, but there is a large group of upper class students from Connecticut who dominate the school.

Choate Rosemary Hall offers a multitude of activities. There are numerous sports teams, both interscholastic and intramural, as well as a very large number of clubs. There are numerous performing arts groups as well. The group that had the most lasting effect on my was my a Capella group, Lilith. It was all female, and they were like my family while I was away at school.