Horace Mann School review by University of Pennsylvania student. The Horace Mann School is already incredibly well known for it's academic rigor. Students spend four years in a competitive environment, but more importantly they spend four years in an environment in which intellectualism is a virtue, something to aspire to. Horace Mann teaches students how to learn, not how to do well on tests. Though students do care about grades and colleges a fair deal, those competitive attributes of the student body do not mingle with the social life- students maintain both a collegiate and competitive attitude towards each other. Almost all of Horace Mann's academic departments are top notch. That is a function both of the students and the teachers. Horace Mann's strongest department is by far its mathematics department. The enthusiasm that all the teachers have for the subject is unparalleled. Other departments of note are the English department and the science department. Although there are a few phenomenal teachers in the department, the foreign language department has always been a bit weak. The four years that any student spends in Horace Mann will make college a breeze. The difficult of Horace Mann is unparalleled by any college, but on top of that the strength of the student body makes the experience unique. Classes range from about ten to twenty students making the environment very personal and teachers easily accessible.
Horace Mann's college counseling department is known as the best. When you look at all the top universities that Horace Mann sends its students to, you would not be surprised. What no one tells you is that a significant number of those students have strong connections to some universities or are going to play sports. Accounting for that factor, Horace Mann's college counseling department is somewhat less stellar. Students start meeting with their advisers in eleventh grade- a couple of times per trimester. The advisers are good- the best. The problem is that there are so many students assigned to one adviser, often time there is a feeling of neglect. You might believe that they care more about that student who is on the cusp of getting into a college. I would say most students at Horace Mann cannot attribute their college acceptances to the college counseling department- they can attribute to the phenomenal education they received and their intelligence. A few students can probably say that they would not have gotten into their university had it not been for the college counseling department.
Horace Mann is located in Riverdale, NY. It is a nice area of the Bronx. The school is located on a hill, so it is is secluded and not connected to the more dangerous areas of the Bronx (which are not actually that dangerous). The campus is absolutely gorgeous. It is a very big campus given the size of the student body, but the facilities are great. Horace Mann has really invested a great deal to make sure that its students are learning in a nice environment. The campus is very contained and there is a security team, which ensures the well-being of the students. The student body is fairly diverse- although the majority of the student body is Jewish, there are lots of other ethnicities represented. One of the most stereotyped aspects of the Horace Mann student body is the economic level of the students. Many are very wealthy, but that factor generally does not reveal itself in the everyday activities of the students. There is no social structure in which you have to be rich to be popular. Overall, the quality of life at Horace Mann is great. The school makes sure to be well rounded and makes sure its students are very comfortable.
Horace Mann has phenomenal extra-curricular activities. Even though it is a somewhat small school, there are students that are interested in everything. The biggest clubs are the debate clubs. They are all very prestigious and help foster skills in young debaters. The Horace Mann newspaper, The Record, is probably the best high school newspaper in the country. It is incredible that students that age are able to put out such a comprehensive and well laid out newspaper. Apart from the major clubs and publications, there are a plethora of smaller clubs to get involved with. Every student finds his or her niche with the clubs at Horace Mann.