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Phillips Academy Andover

School rating 4.7 / 5 by

180 Main Street Andover MA 01810 United States
Boarding
9th to PG
Day
9th to PG
Gender
Coed

Academic

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A student goes to Andover because the individual desires a world of opportunities at his/her fingertips, academic or otherwise. Andover will never disappoint you in that regards. A class, ranging from 4-18 students, is always intimate and centered on students challenging one another as well as their teacher. Whilst the science and math classes necessitate more lecture based lessons, teachers in these departments will never shy away from asking students to come to the white board, engage students in group activities, and provide an overall interactive and reciprocal medium. The humanities classrooms at Andover are lauded - and with good reason - for their academic rigor, titillation, and diversity; classes in the history program range from American History for juniors to senior level electives American Pop Culture and Africa, Ecology, and the Global Economy. Students take standard English until senior year when they branch into honors English classes such as Rememories: Trauma and Survival in Twentieth-Century Literature. Andover entrusts classes with a structure that is still fluid. For these reasons, any student that comes out of Andover will be undoubtedly prepared for any university. School Load: 3-7 hours per day. Do not come to Andover if you expect to breeze through school. Curriculum: Allows you to emphasize to your choosing because all departments are of high academic rigor. Requirements allow you to reach proficiency in every vien: Mathematics, Arts/Music/Drama, Language, Science, English, History. Once a student reaches junior year, he/she can specialize in any and all skills to their choosing.

College Counseling

College counseling begins the summer of junior year, but it is expected that a student....

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

Most students are all-rounders, but of course, there are students that specialize in certain academics,....

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

Campus culture is absolutely wonderful. There is a niche for everyone but the space of Andover is warm and welcoming to everyone. The community is neither too rigid or liberal and it is rare to see discrimination of any kind. Andover does its best to make sure there is open dialogue on race, gender, and all subjects related to identity. We participate in day long activities curated by teachers and students on Wellness Week, Non Sibi (not for self) Day, MLK Jr. Day, and more. Discipline is fair. For small offenses, students get a letter home and perhaps a week....

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