Horace Mann School review by University of Pennsylvania student. In terms of academics, it is no surprise that Horace Mann truly does not have any weaknesses. There are always more than a few truly gifted professors in each department. Every teacher is dedicated to making sure that each student gets a proper introduction to their field before heading off to college. The History and English Departments do a particularly good job in preparing students to be some of the best writers regardless of the university that they choose to attend. Horace Mann is on par with any high school in the county, and possibly the world, in terms of high school education. Horace Mann is extremely competitive; however, in my opinion this is actually beneficial to the students. Everyone strives to do their absolute best because they know that their peers are doing the same. Such a competitive environment may not be suitable for everyone, but personally I found it to be exhilarating. The average weekly workload is quite simply equal to that of a college student. The beauty of this is that it may seem overwhelming at times, but once you head off to college the workload is manageable and you automatically feel academically comfortable at your university. Teachers are always eager to meet with students and all it takes is an email or a minute after class to set up a meeting with them. They are there to both help students who are struggling and work with students who are actually advanced and would like additional material. Class sizes are fairly small. Most classes have less than 15 students. Horace Mann does not push students to specialize into a science or humanities track. The school makes sure that students are able to experiment with a variety of different courses and choose any career path they want.
The campus of Horace Mann is the best of any day school in NYC. It will take your breathe away. The cafeteria is very big and well lit. The food is normally very good and if not students can buy food from down the hill such as pizza, burritos, dunkin donuts, subways, and much more. The library has two floors and is very big. There is always room for students to work. Classrooms are appealing to the eye and science labs are well kept. There are two gyms and an Olympic size pool. The school's approach to discipline is very fair. They understand that no one is perfect and that people do in fact make mistakes. Most students get one chance and after that serious consequences are in order. This means one offense of bad behavior such as cheating, plagiarism, fighting, etc. Incidences of bullying at the school are rare but do happen (mostly in middle school). Older students do expect a certain level of respect and obedience, but there is no hazing or serious bullying in the high school.
Horace Mann keeps the students busy but does give them time to have a life outside of the classroom so that they graduate as well rounded individuals instead of just well rounded students. If students are on a team and in a club, they can spend over 15 hours a week on extracurricular activities. This is plenty of time to help foster more well rounded people. I was a part of three athletic teams and all of them were positive experiences. The coaches care about the student athletes and want them to be successful in everything that they do. All of the extracurricular activities definitely boosted my college application.