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Hill School

School rating 4.4 / 5 by

860 Beech St. Pottstown PA 19464 United States
Boarding
9th to PG
Day
9th to PG
Gender
Coed

Academic

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Class size at Hill School ranges from a maximum of 20 students; a minimum: 4 students; and an average of 10-11 students. Student body is competitive. If you are hard-working and like to challenge yourself but at the same time like to know that your teachers will respect your personal capabilities and limits, this is the school for you. Hill School offers numerous AP exams (please check the website. The number of exams given is growing). I took an overall 6 AP exams during my high school career at Hill, and placed well in the 5 out of 5 range which helped me receive credits at college. Hill School offers both classes that are and aren't targeted towards the AP exams. (e.g. AP English and English Honors is a separate class) Although exams are an important criteria at Hill, teachers particularly laud students for students' passion and interest. In other words, there are a lot of awards given for your academic work. But Hill considers work in music, art, theatre, community service, and sports as much as an important criteria to judge a student. (Highest awards given on Graduation day for seniors range from top academic students to top athletes, musicians and top leaders in the community) Hill School requires students to take classes with principles such as analytical reading, persuasive/creative writing, critical thinking that will be necessary when entering in college. However, teachers all recognize that students are not adults; It's nice to know that while they expect a lot from you, they also respect your limits.

College Counseling

College admission discussions started from sophomore year with a required meeting with a college advisor. By....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • 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

- SSAT; PSAT/SAT for transfer/junior students. There is honestly no best time to take....

Sample insights on admissions

  • 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. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • 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 transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

Housing: Although living as a boarding student is not required for all four years--please do! (especially your first-year); You make the most important friends and memories during your freshman year at Hill. The dormitories are all spacious and clean. Guys are not allowed into Girls' faculties and vice versa. Crime/Safety: Although Pottstown can be an unsafe neighborhood, the school itself (surrounded by walls and it's on top of a hill!) is very very safe. You will always see a security somewhere or a teacher or staff that will be able to help you--even at night. Dining: Required lunch/dinner....

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