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Groton School

Student rating 4.6/ 5 by Wellesley College student
282 Farmers Row Groton MA 01450 United States


Groton Schoolreview by Wellesley College student. Groton has a very stimulating environment; not only is each student challenged to take courses outside one's strengths but classmates are all brilliant and contribute greatly to the community whether it be in the classroom or on the sports field. The graduation requirements are unique and among the classes is a two-year classical (Latin or Greek) requirement yet this for me was a very beneficial class that I would never have taken otherwise. I cannot say I ever had a bad teacher at Groton, each was so willing and available to help and I could really feel that they wanted to share their knowledge and interests with us students. The faculty as a whole are extremely caring and personable, and it is not uncommon that by graduation students feel that a few faculty are almost as close as family and they are on first-name basis. This is all facilitated by the small, intimate environment of a campus around a circle. Although there are not many research opportunities, this is not uncommon at a boarding school. Guest lectures and scholars usually come three or four times per year.

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

The dorms are all well-maintained and comfortable. The food is wonderful for a dining hall. The facilities are wonderful and include a recently renovated gym. The campus is stunning (more beautiful than that of most colleges) and having it around a circle really promotes interaction and a sense of community. Groton is located in a extremely safe part of Massachusetts and on top of that we have an Honor Code that creates and extremely safe and trusting atmosphere. Although the school is isolated, there are dances every Saturday and a variety of events to keep students busy!

Each student participates on a sports team, acting, or dance each term. As the school is so small, it is necessary for each student to take part. This not only encourages an interaction between different groups of people, but also encourages healthy habits. There is a wide variety of clubs and if you think of one that does not exist, you can always start your own. I, for example, found a lack of support for international students so I co-founded the International Community Advisory Program (ICAP) to establish an adivising system and a channel of communication between the Deans and the international community. This club definitely helped me develop confidence and leadership.