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Georgetown Preparatory School

School rating 4.8 / 5 by

10900 Rockville Pike North Bethesda MD 20852 United States
Boarding
9th to 12th
Day
9th to 12th
Gender
Boys only

Academic

Georgetown Preparatory School review by .

The mathematics department was especially good at preparing me for an applied math major in college. The Calculus courses were theoretical but also directly focused on the AP exams. The department does a great job at holding on to the best teachers while getting rid of poor ones. The English department also prepared me well for college-level writing. The AP Language course junior year had us write weekly papers so by the end of the year 3-page essays on any topic were a piece of cake. Senior year student can choose from a variety of English electives - Film/Theater, Poetry, etc. - or take AP Literature. Any of these courses introduces the students to an array of great texts. The foreign language department (Spanish specifically) does an incredible job of immersing the students into real-world situations. The department previously offered exchanges with Argentina (summer) and Spain (spring), though the Argentina trip has been shortened and modified. The science department directs most students on the tract of Biology, Chemistry, Physics the first three years (with an honors course in each). Students then can branch out junior or senior year and take the AP class of their choice of these three. Anaatomy is also offered senior year. Students can elect to take a social science such as AP Economics or AP Comparative Government senior year. The Latin department (an area somewhat unique for a high school) is especially strong at Prep. Latin 1 and Latin 2 teachers are great at what they do and get the students engaged early. Students can then take Latin 3 and AP Latin senior year. Exceptional students can take Greek as well senior year. These teachers (though few) are great and passionate about their work. Almost all teachers are engaging and warm to their students. Most classes are around 18 students while AP courses in Calculus and Foreign Lanuages are normally smaller, sometimes as few as 6 or 8 students. There are only 3 academic buildings on campus so teachers are always near by and most come early and stay for several hours after school. Teachers also have at least 3 periods off during the day so they are accessible then. All teachers are required to monitor a club or coach a sport so students often see them on weekends and really get to know them on a personal level.

College Counseling

We first make our college list freshmen year then revisit it starting fall of junior....

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

I believe SSAT scores are accepted but I'm not sure of the range. The dress code....

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

Most student's come from upper-middle class to upper class, white, Christian, suburban families. Students of from Asia and South America mostly board at the school and often stick to themselves. Black students are often athletes and are somewhat more mixed in the student body. The student body is mostly conservative but its teachers and segments of the student body are liberal. The school chaplain and the teachers are very approachable and likeable. As a Jesuit school Prep runs several retreats that helps its students become closer to their peers as well as faculty. Students leave Prep with very close bonds to....

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