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Groton School

Student rating 4.6/5 by Harvard University student
282 Farmers Row Groton MA 01450 United States

Academic

Groton School review by Harvard University student. The small size of classes and fantastic teaching staff at Groton allows students to explore more deeply the world of academia. My senior year, I even had the opportunity to participate in a one-on-one tutorial with a member of the English department. The kids you meet at Groton are some of the most intelligent and determined thinkers you will ever encounter. I attribute this to the rigorous academics and the general availability of the teachers for both academic conferencing and friendly advice. Additionally, since the teachers are active members of the Groton community, they are, as a rule, almost never impersonal; they care about the students both as scholars and individuals. I have remained close with several of my teachers from Groton; my scholastic engagement with the school has continued through my college career in many ways.

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 a small school situated in rural Massachusetts. Clearly this limits students' social interactions with kids from outside of the school to a significant degree. There are weekly Saturday night dances, but Friday is considered a school night since there are Saturday morning classes. Groton is a very safe community founded upon trust. The close relationships between students is fostered through the dormitory system which is one of Groton's strengths as a community. The campus is gorgeous, but, again, rural. If students want to get something from the supermarket, arranging a ride or finding a bike is almost 100 percent necessary (although the occasional student can be found making the multi-mile trek to Groton, MA's sleepy town center). Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are also given the option of going on "Day Leave" to Boston every Saturday.

Considering Groton's small size, they are able to offer students an embarrassment of extra-curricular riches. While Groton's cross-country, squash, and crew teams are perennial powerhouses, the soccer teams--both men and women's--have also recently become forces to be reckoned with within the ISL (Groton's sports league which consists largely of other boarding schools). The drama facilities are also top-notch. While musicians can find their niche as members of the school jazz band or orchestra, there are limited other opportunities due to the small size of the school. The Groton Music department has been working tirelessly throughout the past several years to remedy this situation. The visual arts at Groton are integrated into the academic curriculum; as of yet there remain few opportunities for students to become active in the visual arts on an extra-curricular basis. Students can always petition to participate in any sort of extra-curricular activity they want--from skiing to horseback riding to composing their own CD--with support from a faculty sponsor.