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Phillips Academy Andover

School rating 4 /5 by

180 Main Street Andover MA 01810 United States
9th to PG
9th to PG


Phillips Academy Andover review by . Phillips Academy Andover's academic curriculum is strong in all areas; however, it is highly dependent on the quality of the teacher. Furthermore, over the last few years, especially with budget cuts, many elective classes are being dropped from the curriculum which is always disappointing. The teaching staff is mixed, some being very good, many being of average quality, and some being very poor. For all those who spend 3 or more years at Andover you will definitely have one or two classes with bad teachers. As for the nature of the student body, academically it is very college acceptance driven.. ...

College Counseling

Phillips Academy Andover is a Harvard University feeder based on Top 30 Harvard University Feeder Schools.

I think Andover does a fantastic job of placing students into top colleges. Although often....

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

I was at Andover for 4 years, applying during my 8th grade year. Logistically, Andover....

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. Don't 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 transfered from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard's were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

At Andover you will live well. Dorms are nice, but you soon realize it doesn’t really matter if you live in five star luxury or your Andover dorm, it is....

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