Phillips Academy Andoverreview by Columbia University student. Phillips Academy Andover provided its students with small classes, amazing, attentive teachers, and curriculum that broadened our horizons. We were worked extremely hard, but this hard work bred results - when I got to college, I found the workload to be about 50% as difficult as my classes in high school. We were taught to think for ourselves, never just to regurgitate facts, and our teachers took the time to know us through and through. There was never a moment of my high school career when I felt neglected or forgotten - the teachers all knew me, knew my learning style, and knew how to bring out the best in me. I've found that my professors at college don't live up to the professors at my high school, and I go to an Ivy. My learning skills were heightened during my high school experience, and I honestly feel like they've diminished since I've come to Columbia University.
I would never trade my experience at Phillips Andover Academy for anything else. The kids are all meshed together, which makes you tough. You have to learn how to get along with everyone or you won't survive. The food they serve is nutritious (though sometimes not so great tasting), plentiful, and you have to eat with your peers, there isn't another option, as there's only one place. You feel like you know everybody there. The school is full of diversity, with people of varying racial, religious, and national backgrounds, and you're all dumped into a place where you have to understand and appreciate each other. It's a safe town with a bit to do, pretty close to Boston, and there's always a good activity arranged for weekend nights. I loved Phillips Academy Andover.
Phillips Academy Andover has amazing athletics. Every student is required to do a sport each term, and the coaches are friendly, knowledgeable, and motivating. Almost everyone at Andover is fit, and the varsity levels compete at an extremely high level. There are multiple opportunities for community service, working with everyone from mentally challenged hospital patients to Habitats for Humanity. There are great abroad opportunities, an amazing music department, and enough support for student-run organizations that you can start basically any club that you want.