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Groton School

Student rating 4.2/5 by University of Pennsylvania student
282 Farmers Row Groton MA 01450 United States

Academic

Groton School review by University of Pennsylvania student. Class size at Groton School is great, no more than 15 people in a class. It is usually round table seating so everyone can see each other. Groton has a really good academic program. Pretty much every teacher is passionate about their field and try to make learning fun and entertaining. The student body has a competitive feel to it, which may be seen as negative thing to some people but I felt like it pushed me to always give me all in everything that I do. There will be a time in your Groton career where you stop working for just a number or a certain gpa and you actually start learning for the sake of learning. I definitely experienced that my senior year and it really just wrapped up my high school experience nicely. Apart from the competitive feel, everyone s genuinely really friendly. If you pass someone in the hall that you kind of know and you dont say hi, that would be seen as strange. Everyone greets each other; everyone has great friends. I always felt comfortable at that school.

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

Housing is seriously great. Carpet throughout the dorms, spacious rooms, heating, beautiful dining hall, Student run restaurants, great dances every weekend, interesting guest speakers, and quiet surrounding town. The student body is diverse but it could definitely need more students of color but it really isn't an issue at the school. I am a student of color and I had friends from all races and socio-economic backgrounds and I never felt bad about my background. I love all my friends from school and we are still really close. At Groton, you gain lots of life skills and make friendships that will seriously last forever. I had a great time there and I will be sending my own future children there (hopefully they get in) and I definitely would recommend Groton to anyone in a heart beat.

There are lots of sports. They change according to season. For example, there is field hockey n the fall, ice hockey in the winter, and lacrosse in the spring. You can also do faculty sponsered activities (FSAs) which you apply for and you can spend the semester studying a language or getting your pilot's license. You just have to fill out a application explain the activity and how else you will get your physical exercise done. We have 3rds which is a beginner level, JV, and Varsity rankings. Apart from sports, the arts are very strong at Groton. There are many art galleries and feature artists come a lot to show their work. here is a new performing arts theatre which is gorgeous and there are 3 plays and a once act festival every year. One play is always a musical so we have an orchestra pit for that. The music program features three school performing groups: Soul Sauce, the jazz band; The Chamber Orchestra, and Choir. Also there are private lessons available and the teachers come from outside the school every day so you can get lessons in whatever instrument you want, including the bag pipe. Apart from the arts, there are several clubs on campus: UNSA, GSA, Cultural Alliance, SAC, and etc. There are a lot. I personally loved my extracurriculars. I was head of a few clubs, played ice hockey, loooved theatre, loved my piano teacher, and really enjoyed choir. Extracurriculars were really great.