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Choate Rosemary Hall

Student rating 4.8/5 by Georgetown University student
333 Christian Street Wallingford CT 06492 United States

Academic

Choate Rosemary Hall review by Georgetown University student. For any talented and motivated individual Choate provides the perfect academic atmosphere to excel and to achieve a comprehensive grasp of classroom skills and material. The small average class size, (the number of students in a given class is rarely more than ten,) lets the teacher get to know each student on an individual basis and at a very personel level. It is through this size that one can see how truly motivated and caring Choate's faculty really is. Unlike many schools, Choate is in no way motivated solely by exam proficiency, instead, refreshingly, the focus is on individual growth. It may sound like a cliché, but at Choate, the teachers genuinely care about both their students' academic success and their progress as academics and students of the modern world. The small campus setting and the fact that nearly all faculty live on campus makes it easy both for students to seek the necessary help and impossible for them to hide from the faculty. That said, by no means is Choate an academic "bubble," instead the school does a fantastic job of inviting guest speakers and of promoting the school's many study abroad opportunities. The international experience that Choate students are exposed to, both through student body interaction, and study abroad opportunities is unparalleled and prepares its graduates perfectly for life in an increasingly connected world. In fact, in four years at Choate, I was able to travel to China, Hong Kong, the U.K. and Spain through the school and this experience has been invauable to my college career and my life perspective. Choate is not an exam factory, but instead a caring community focused on individual academic and personal growth, academic excellence, and international experience for a changing world.

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

Choate's quality of life is unparalleled among English and American prep schools. I have had family spread around the elite New England prep schools, and far and away, Choate provides its students with the best possible atmosphere. The housing is fantastic, (and improving! The school will open new dorms in the next two years!) and the advisors within the houses could not be more open or helpful. The campus itself is absolutely beautiful complete with impressive classical and modern architecture, (including the art center designed by I.M. Pei,) and allows students to spread out while simultaneously be protected by the campus' natural boundaries. The facilities, especially for the arts, athletics, and science are better than nearly all college facilities that I have come across. In fact, for many alumni their biggest complaint about Choate is that their college's facilities pailed in comparison to their high school alma mater's. Every day, three times a day, students gather in the Hill House Dining Hall, for what most consider, the most delicious and healthiest meals of all Prep schools. The selection and quality of the food is more impressive than any college I have ever visited. That said, students can always go into the town of Wallingford to eat if they so choose. Wallingford is not necessarily the picturesque New England town but it certainly provides a safe and comfortable place for students to roam during their free time. The school does a fantastic job of promoting social events. Between dances, athletic events, and artistic performances, there is always something to do on a Saturday night at school. Still, some students choose to go off campus to nearby students' houses for the evening and this is always a popular choice as well. All in all, Choate provides a fantastic social atmosphere for all of its students and provides a wide range of activities for students of all interests.

Prefect in Memorial House (Boy's Freshmen Dorm): To be able to connect with the freshmen class as a senior was a fun and rewarding experience in my final year at the school. I got to know several of my prefectees very well and still keep in touch with them and the school today. In fact, one's mother sent me a letter recently informing me that he had been picked both as Cross Country Captain and as a "Mem" prefect and thanking me for helping him get his start at Choate. This experience has made a lasting impression on me and I will always be thankful to the school for giving me the opportunity to be a prefect. The Choate Press: I was editor-in-chief of the school's sports newspaper in my Junior and Senior year at Choate. It was an invaluable experience in journalism and teamwork and has instilled in me a love for journalism that I am continuing to pursue at Georgetown. Choate Cross Country: I was Captain of the Choate Cross Country team in my senior year at the school. The sport taught me discipline and perserverance and I will never forget the team's mantra of "Courage, Pride, Let's Go Choate!" Any student fortunate enough to be a part of this team will understand the comraderie and the competitiveness that one gains from being a part of this team. Choate Squash: The sport of squash was introduced to me at Choate and ever since it has been an important aspect of my life. I continue to play daily and now play on my college team. The coaching staff and its development of players at Choate is incredible and if one looks at college squash, there are an incredible amount of players out there still playing because of the joy for the game they learned at Choate.