Horace Mann Schoolreview by Johns Hopkins University student. Horace Mann school has provided me one of the greatest academic opportunities that a secondary school could provide. They excel in almost all departments ranging from theater to robotics. The school's general atmosphere is that of a pride of lions. We're all together and working towards one common goal (excelling in life), but there are competitive aspects in the school and we compete with each other to gain access to better opportunities. In regards to the strengths of the different departments. I was focused heavily towards the sciences since I study chemistry in university right now. I realized after coming into Johns Hopkins that the science program at Horace Mann was actually very rigorous and covered a great deal of material. I would say that the AP science classes at Horace Mann really prepared me for the rigor of university and had me develop a good study habit. Although I didn't spend as much time in the humanities as I should have, when I did, the teachers in the humanity departments were overwhelmingly helpful. They would gladly meet with me after class, after school, during school, outside his office, standing on a bench, even in the cafeteria. The teachers here have so much knowledge in their field that spending extra time with them is like another class; you learn so much. What I felt with the atmosphere of the student body is that everybody was friendly and open to meeting new people. However, everybody was also driven and new how to make sacrifices to achieve their goals. We collaborated on projects and homework sets and helped each either to study for exams, but outside of school, everybody had their own special skill or project that they worked on to stand themselves out from the crowd. Horace Mann is really there to help you succeed. Teachers always have open office hours and are willing to go out of their way to help students.
Most of the school is liberal in their views, however there are people with conservative views. However if you are vocal with your opinions, expect to receive some counter responses as people in Horace Mann are very open to debates. The school has a open atmosphere in what the student body can do. However, there are punishments for infractions that a student commits. Academic dishonesty is a huge infraction in the school can and will get you expelled or suspended. The ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds of the student body is very mixed. There is a lot of minorities in the school. However for the socio-economic backgrounds of some students, there can be some exorbitantly wealthy students in the school . However they are just like all the other students in the school, except they can just afford much more expensive objects and take expensive trips to the Maldives.
Community service groups at Horace Mann are huge! During the student group club fair, you can see many of the diverse student run clubs there are. From the polar bear club to mock trial, there was everything you wanted. AND it was very easy to start your own club. Just find someone who was willing to be an adviser (teacher) for your club, and it was easy to start hosting meetings and plan trips. Most students spent half their time on school and half their time on extracurriculars. That's why so many of Horace Mann students are competitive applicants for Ivy League schools. We strive both academically and in our extracurriculars. I participated in my school's sports team and enjoyed my time at the school. The coaches were very knowledgeable and I enjoyed spending time going to practice.