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Delbarton School

Student rating 4.6/ 5 by Harvard University student
230 Mendham Road Morristown NJ 07960 United States


Delbarton Schoolreview by Harvard University student. Academically, Delbarton was pretty rigorous. Large focus of the curriculum was paper writing rather than any other form of evaluation. The science department was very good; however, the math department could have been much better. We were all very competitive, but it never seemed to be about grades. I came out of the school as a great writer, however, I was underprepared for the rigors of college math courses. Class size was about 15 per class. M-Block was a period of 30 minutes a day from 10-10:30, where teachers were available for extra help. Discussion based all the way.

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 campus life is literally embodied by the sense of Brotherhood that is alive and tangible at the school, I wouldn't have it any other way. More conservative and very competitive. However, competition doesn't seem to be grade-central, its more success-based. Schools approach to discipline is on point. No tardies, detention, or demerits. Simply an honor code that we must live by. Physical violence is dealt with harshly and swiftly, and cheating is a two time offense that leads to expulsion.

Our classes get out at 2:34 and the bus doesn't come until 4:00. You have to be involved in extra-curriculars or else you'll be living a very boring life. So, most kids are doing at the very list an hour to an hour and a half of extra-curriculars a day; however, the vast majority is doing much more. Personally, I was probably involved in about 15+ hours of sports and club activities after school and on weekends. If you're not involved, you're an outlier. Big Brothers - amazing program run by great people with great kids. Football - best decision of my high school career, theres no group of people I've loved more than my high school football team. Basketball - tight-knit group, smallest team numbers-wise that I've been a part of, positive experience. Track and Field - lower in the participation rate because of the big draw from lacrosse and baseball in the spring, but a solid group of guys nonetheless. Courier (school newspaper) - bi-weekly publications, easy to join and be involved Blood Drive and Christmas Gift Drive.