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Choate Rosemary Hall

Student rating 4.4/5 by Stanford University student
333 Christian Street Wallingford CT 06492 United States

Academic

Choate Rosemary Hall review by Stanford University student. Academics were the best thing about being there. Small, engaging classes with teachers who were also your advisors, coaches, and sometimes friend's parents. It was a nice academic community. Choate offered lots of interesting specialized academic programs, such as SRP (science research) and Arts Concentration. They have since added more. These allow students early exposure into specialization in certain fields, which was nice to provide insight for what to do in college. I never felt pushed to specialize in one thing over the other. There were so many requirements, it was like a liberal arts education, but highschool style.

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

Many conservative students. Lots of subtle (and occasionally overt) acts of racism, classism, and sexism. There are some very liberal people who usually find eachother, but most people at Choate follow their mostly conservative parents' views. The alumni network seems to be very active and I already know a number of my peers have found exciting job opportunities through their fellow alumni. I feel like I have lifetime job security in a ways, because it seems like the Choate community is always ready to help somebody out.

Sports are required (unless you dance, act, or make art) at least two quarters a year. I think this helped round out the students and made for good supportive communities. There were so many community service groups, almost everybody participated in something. The school was very supportive of this and would provide funding/transportation/resources for students interested in community engagement. It was really easy to get involved, whether through participating in a club or even just peripherally, by volunteering at an event such as AIDS walk.