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Groton School

Student rating 5/5 by Amherst College student
282 Farmers Row Groton MA 01450 United States

Academic

Groton School review by Amherst College student. Academics are quite strong at Groton. From 8th to 10th grade (or, in Groton terms, from 2nd to 4th Form), students have nightly required study hall. The rigor at Groton is unmatched compared to other prep schools. Requirements of two languages (a modern language and a classic language) combined with robust workload and Saturday morning classes make Groton a uniquely intense place that will develop any student into the best thinker he or she is capable of becoming.

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

Groton is an intimate community. With a graduating class of less than 100 (in 2011, at least), you will come to know your Formmates quite well. Boarding is, of course, a much more intimate experience than being a day student, but afternoon activities, fall and spring sit-down dinners, and study hall keep the day student population on campus so late that they hardly seem to be day students. Students are motivated and competitive, but not in a cut-throat way as some other schools are said to be. The one thing to keep in mind is that, since your Form is less than 100 students, your Formmates will largely make or break your social experience. I wouldn't say there is a particular stereotype that Groton students conform to (Groton seeks diverse applicants and provides enormous amounts of financial aid, so socioeconomic homogeneity is not a concern), but your Formmates aren't going anywhere, so to speak. I had a small friend group, but I saw much more inclusive social dynamics at play in the other Forms.