Hopkins Schoolreview by Yale University student. My school is generally excellent in every department. It does, however, sometimes hire new, young teachers who seem eminently qualified but turn out to be bad teachers. The student body is EXTREMELY competitive, and although this sometimes fosters animosity, it also pushes students to excel. Humanities (English, history, and languages) are focused on group discussions while maths and science classes are lecture based (although they try to incorporate as many labs and group activities as possible). Most classes have between 9 and 18 kids, although they provide opportunities to work study with individually with teachers in independent studies. Talent students have essentially unlimited opportunities. One student finished multivariable calculus, chaos theory, and linear algebra after tenth grade and was able to continue taking math courses at the high school as a senior. I worked independently with my Italian teacher in a class that is more advanced than any offered by Yale's undergraduate department. Exams and papers are pretty heavily emphasized.
Hopkins is a day school, cafeteria is nice, great social area, nice library (now, we built a new one while i attended). labs are kind of forced, but i think that is more of a reflection of my learning habits. Most kids are rich and either white or Asian. Very competitive culture, but peers are active in the community. Rigid approach, I liked it but others didn't.
Students are required to play a sport in the fall, winter, and spring. you are exempt if you are in the play. There are specific times for extracurricular activities and they really try to make it work. Daily schedules are generally rat-races. We sent 33% to the ivy league last year and a few others to Williams, Amherst, Stanford, and MIT. We hate Hamden Hall. There is very little leisure time. Everyone is involved in something, but it tends to spread out pretty evenly. It does not produce well-rounded individuals, but it produces hard-working kids who will get As at any college. We have scholarships, I don't really know the logistics, but they are trying to improve them.