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Phillips Academy Andover

Student rating 5/ 5 by Dartmouth College student
180 Main Street Andover MA 01810 United States

Academic

Phillips Academy Andoverreview by Dartmouth College student. I never had a class bigger than 15 people at Andover, and I never had a class period that didn't go at least a minute or two past the bell as people stayed to finish up conversations. With most subjects taught around the Harkness table, everyone is equal in scholarship, and teachers are there to foster discussion instead of lecture. The curriculum is broad and diversified, and included second and third year college level classes in every subject. The best part is the passion brought to each class by the students and the teachers.

College Counseling

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  • "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

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  • "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 transfered from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard's were two of the larger feeder schools…"
  • "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. Don't ask their questions for them because their evaluation will be affected by the fact that the guides didn't hear a thing from the kid…"

School Life

Dorm life at Andover was the highlight of my adolescence. The friends I made in high school, who I parted ways with 2 years ago, are still my nearest and dearest. The system is broken down to be small and familial... A group of about 16 students share two house counselors as a unit, but that can be a part of a larger dorm or of a smaller house. A group of dorms are a "cluster", and cluster activities are much like the House activities in Harry Potter: clusters compete against each other for intramural sports, put on events like a Casino Night or a Fashion Show for the school, (usually to raise money for a service project) and have "munches" together once a week in the cluster common area. The dorms were much nicer than the ones I have come across in my 2 years at college, and the incredible sense of community stays in my heart. The town of Andover is also a great place to be in high school... about a 10 minute walk down the hill from main campus, the town is home to coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques, delis, a train station (for easy access to Boston) and a number of other stores. It's safe and welcoming but with so much more to do than more isolated schools like St. Paul's, Exeter, and Deerfield.

School Newspaper, The Phillipian (oldest highschool newspaper in the country); Varsity Tennis (played in college);Varsity Squash (played in college); School Yearbook Community Service Board Member: The service program at Andover is very developed and a Board of 30 seniors oversees the variety of programs that probably 80% of students are involved in. I did at least 5 programs for three years, and when I was elected to the Board my senior year, I coordinated an ESL class taught at Andover to Latino immigrants from a nearby city.