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Middlesex School

School rating 4.5 / 5 by

1400 Lowell Road Concord MA 01742 United States
Boarding
9th to 12th
Day
9th to 12th
Gender
Coed

Academic

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Academics at Middlesex School are among the best. They offer a wide variety of Advanced Placement classes (which can be taken for college credit), and they really challege you to think for yourself. Most classes are discussion-based, and are focused around a "Harkness" table rather than the traditional desks. This approach allows for a more thorough understanding of the material, as discussion promotes questioning and working together to help each other learn. The teachers are amazing, and they truly care about their students. Because you live with your teachers, they also get to know you outside of the classroom. This familiarity allows for better classroom experience and a more personal approach to teaching and learning. The classes are kept small, and the faculty are very accessible for extra help or further discussion of the material. While exams are an important part of the grading process, discussion is given just as much weight. This method allows all students to shine, as some express themselves better verbally and other express themselves best in writing. Middlesex School strives to keep their students very well-rounded, and every student takes a good mixture of diverse classes (including art and drama). At the same time, each student is allowed to find their own niche. While Freshman and Sophomore year classes are pretty much set, there is much more room for exploration (through electives) during Junior and Senior years.

College Counseling

College counseling at Middlesex School is as comprehensive as can be. We started talking....

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 first step in the admissions process would be to arrange for a campus tour.....

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

Middlesex is a very cheerful environment. It is in a very good neighborhood (Concord, MA), and the campus is pretty closed in and isolated from the town. There are daily shuttles (run by the school) allowing students to go into town if they need groceries or just want to get off campus for a little while. There are also buses going into Boston and/or the mall on the weekends. There is plenty to do on campus, and there are many activities planned for the weekends. This school does have Saturday classes, but Wednesdays and Saturdays....

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