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Hun School of Princeton

School rating 4.2 / 5 by

176 Edgerstoune Road Princeton NJ 08540 United States
Boarding
9th to PG
Day
6th to PG
Gender
Coed

Academic

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The academic focus at Hun School was extremely strong. The small class sizes (12-14) and engaging faculty make it possible to cover and exceed the generic high school curriculum. Each department (Math, Sciences, Humanities, Language, etc) have AP opportunities and an overwhelming majority of students take advantage of these offerings. The student body as a whole is hard working and involved. There is very little competition between students because the small size of the school and the demand for student involvement fosters a friendly almost family environment. This is helped by an engaging faculty that head clubs, coach sports teams, and often count their students among their friends. The faculty is extremely accessible; so much so that each day the school blocks off an "extra help period" in which faculty members sit in their office while students visit to ask questions, raise concerns, or discuss life in general. The work load is demanding and normally involves several hours of homework each night. However, students quickly find out that work can both be found and avoided depending on the schedule the student selects. That being said most students strive to take the top classes which involve the greatest workload because the teachers are better, the class is more fulfilling, and college admissions offices prefer them. There is room for improvement in that while all the departments are strong there is some disparity in the caliber of teachers. The trend is normally that the most qualified and engaging teachers can be found in the higher level classes while the weaker teachers occupy the basic courses. This small disparity is sometimes revealed when these department leaders have to cover more material then the course originally demanded. All the departments are very strong and they each attract passionate and devoted students. Any rank would be arbitrary and subjective. If I had to choose I would say that the strongest departments were History and English. While there is your normal midterm and final exams there was not an excessive emphasis placed on these areas. The classes are small enough that teachers are able to see if students are really grasping the material and can come up with interesting ways to test knowledge outside of the typical regurgitation of material through exams, especially in the higher level classes. That being said I found the midterm/final structure that was used in the early years on high school helpful in that it most closely followed the intro college course structure. I felt that the Hun school did a great job preparing me for college and I actually felt ahead of many of my Freshman peers academically; especially in the humanities. Hun want to great lengths to make sure I knew how to write a "college paper." write a proper lab report, and most of all manage time, stress, and changes.

College Counseling

College Counseling at Hun was very effective. The process starts right away with the Counseling....

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

The Hun school goes from the sixth grade, although most students do not enter the....

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

The quality of life for a Hun student is exceptional. The facilities are unmatched in most areas. Housing is acceptable (desirable when compared with the computation), the athletic facilities have recently been renovated and are now the highest caliber, and the cafeteria serves great food in a great dinning hall. The Princeton area, especially where Hun is located, so safe it boarders on boring. I do not remember a single crime in my seven years of attendance. Sporting events draw a lot of attention because student attendance and involvement is so high. In addition the plays, and concerts, are popular among....

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