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Phillips Academy Andover

Student rating 4.8/5 by Princeton University student
180 Main Street Andover MA 01810 United States

Academic

Phillips Academy Andover review by Princeton University student. I found all of the programs to be extremely strong across the board. I fluctuated a lot between sciences and humanities in my time at Andover, and the course selection was more than adequate in all arenas. At Andover, courses are arranged so that freshmen and sophomores (or juniors and lowers as we call them) have very little course selection, with upperclassmen having more selection and ability to specializze which I found to be an excellent method. Class sizes were perfect, with most averaging around 12. My teachers were outstanding, almost without exception.

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

At Andover, all freshman are placed in freshman dorms, while all upperclassmen are housed together. This is a great system, as it helps ease younger students into dorm life and being away from home without being immediately forced to live with 18 year olds who could be intimidating. Also the house counselors in all the dorms really loved their jobs (as both dorm heads and teachers) and it was great having them around. The school's approach to discipline was perfect. As it was a high school, not a college, sign in times were strictly enforced in the dorms, but I wouldn't say people were over-punsihed, while the administrators also didn't turn a blind eye to misbehavior. Students were punished appropriately, and caught reasonably frequently for infractions.

At Andover students are required to participate in some sort of athletics each trimester. The variety of sports offered are superb for a high school, and school spirit is excellent at Andover, as the rivalry with Exeter is one of the, if not the, greatest high school contest in the world. Beyond athletics, there are a wide range of clubs and student publications that are avaliable for students, and it is through those clubs that many find their niche at school.