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.
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.