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Greens Farms Academy

School rating 4.6 /5 by

35 Beachside Avenue Greens Farms CT 06838 United States
Day
K to 12th
Gender
Coed

Academic

Greens Farms Academy review by . Greens Farms Academy has a rigorous academic program that keeps students engaged, forces them to be responsible, and encourages communication with teachers. The curriculum is very diverse, and the scheduling encourages students to explore their own limits. The Harkness method stirred some incredible discussions in the classes that I remember to this day. We all have full accountability for our errors at the Harkness table, and this vulnerability brings a lot of trust in the classroom. If nothing else, when you graduate GFA, you know truly how to allow yourself to be vulnerable, and grow from your experiences with others and yourself.

College Counseling

From my weekly meetings with....

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

Students from different areas all....

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. Don't 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 transfered from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard's were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

GFA prides itself on its diversity, and for good reason. The student body of GFA involves students of so many backgrounds, cultures, abilities, and orientations, all coming together and sharing their experiences with each other. We brought each other up in empathy, and stood behind each other when we were down. We competed with each other, but healthily, driving each other to better ourselves. We led fundraisers and initiatives for the earthquake in Haiti, the environmental crisis, and to orphanages and schools in Central and South America, among other places. Of course, any school can experience drama within the student body, but any actions or words considered damaging to the body or mental health of another student is dealt with swiftly and accordingly by the administration.

The emphasis that GFA places on extracurricular activities really prepares you for the college lifestyle. I was in an a cappella group, on several sports teams, in the band and chorus, and a part of the theatre program at GFA. I would devote a significant amount of my time to these activities each week, but for good reason; my experience with those activities developed my spirit as a person and my responsibility and flexibility as a student.

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