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Loomis Chaffee School

School rating 4.1 / 5 by

4 Batchelder Road Windsor CT 06095 United States
Boarding
9th to PG
Day
9th to PG
Gender
Coed

Academic

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Loomis offers an outstanding purview of courses at varying orders of challenge. In my experience, the science and writing programs stood atop Loomis's most excellent curricula. In microbiology, for instance, the coursework explored topics native to high-level university work -- an ambitious (and successful) endeavor for a high school class. The quality of instruction occasioned mastery of the topics, advanced as they might be. Likewise, the English department honed students' writing skills through classes and assignments tailored for perfecting syntactical and grammatical composition. The prowess of the faculty again assures the success of these programs. In and out of the classroom, students have a penchant for collaborative work. While traditional tests assess students regularly, perhaps half of the assignments require some degree of communal effort. As a result, students eschew competition with their peers and rather target the demands of perfection on themselves. Aside from a single lecture base course (intended to introduce students to university lecture-based courses), my classes at Loomis all invited hands-on involvement and demanded a high order of engagement. Classes are based on round-table discussion and small group work. As students enter their junior and senior years, the onus of understanding falls increasingly to them, while the instructor offers guidance. My English seminar, for example, required students to expose the significance of the texts via discussions, though the teacher offered direction for we we ought explore. Class size often hovers around twelve students, and are capped at eighteen. Faculty are eager to engage students, and students seeking faculty outside of the classroom often find greater success in their work. Homework demands vary from students to students, but can be expected to require in the range of one to two hours per class per night (with crescendoing requirements as students advance). Homework is not the dreaded busy-work, but offers new or supplemental information that improves class time.

College Counseling

College prospects begin the haunt students their first year (as is the nature of students....

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

Dress conservatively and approach the tour guides with curiosity. Arrive at the interview with both....

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

As a former day student, I experienced quality of life from the perspective of only forty percent of the population. Safe and historic Windsor occasionally offers interesting events, but can be tiresome weekend after weekend. Boarding students should befriend day students, and use the connection to get off campus. A train station sits right on the edge of campus, admitting weekend jaunts to NYC for the adventurous student. Connect with a teacher -- they are wonderful support, offer honest advice, and can make your experience at Loomis unique and fulfilling. Food isn't terrible, and students can avoid monotonous meals by....

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