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Hill School

Student rating 4.8/ 5 by Dartmouth College student
860 Beech St. Pottstown PA 19464 United States

Academic

Hill Schoolreview by Dartmouth College student. There are certain teachers at the Hill School especially in the Classics, who are absolute stars. Hill boasts one of the best classics dept. in the country and the teachers have helped me succeed in and out of the classroom. Beyond that, there are many teachers who are spectacular. Not every teacher anywhere will be amazing, but at Hill, you are guaranteed to have some that change your life in a beneficial way. Class sizes are great, no class exceeds 15 and most have 10 or fewer. Teachers are always willing to aid students in anything both academic and extracurricular.

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

Our school has great help systems, with very few exceptions, every teacher lives on campus, so its easy to get extra help. We also have tutoring and "fellows" programs, which are peer-aid programs. There is also peer-counseling for students to help other students with non-academic issues. There is simply no gap in assistance whether academic or social or emotional. The school is rather diverse and becoming even more so, but Hill values merit over simple diversity, so there aren't many students attending who don't belong.

The Hill School rivalry with Lawrenceville is among the greatest parts of the school. It enables the school to come together and united in healthy competition, and put athletics and academics - in debate - to the test. The Hill is not in the most affluent area of Pennsylvania, but this enables it to have a pro-active community service role in the community. Also, the community service director is committed to both the students and the greater community, which enables the program to be successful.