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McDonogh School

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8600 McDonogh Road Owings Mills MD 21117 United States
9th to 12th
K to 12th


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The humanities classes at McDonough prepared me for Harvard. The teachers care about the subjects they teach and inspired me to major in philosophy or English. I knew that wherever I would end up, I would have the skills to do well and enter the workforce. The liberal arts focus of the McDonough experience taught me to value different perspectives. I have a new perspective on diversity that I would have gained at other schools. Teachers are easily available and talk to you when needed. The school focuses on reading and writing more than anything, which helps with SAT preparation.

College Counseling

I first made a list of colleges the summer before my freshman year with my....

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

People usually apply here for grades 6 and 9 -- the beginning of middle and....

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 school is very diverse and caters to all different groups of students. The administration is very liberal and cares about students of colors. While most students are athletic, you need not be an athlete to have fun at school. As most students are day students, advising resources are geared towards academics, but do not disappoint. Most students are wealthy and white but minority students do exist. ...

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