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Phillips Academy Andover

School rating 4.6 /5 by

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


Phillips Academy Andover review by . The academic program at Andover looks, at first glance, to be extremely broad. The Course of Study teems with offerings in Critical Race Theory, the work of Jane Austen, and Non-Euclidean Geometry. Though these courses do exist and students (myself included) take them, the majority of academic life at Andover centers around a few core classes; almost every student takes them at some point in their career. These courses are: Math 320-360, followed by 520, 570, or 580; Biology 100; Chemistry 250 or 300; English 100, 200, 300; History 100, 200, 300; Language at levels of 100, 200, 300, and. ...

College Counseling

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

I had a very good experience with college counseling at Andover. Ultimately, I ended up....

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 had really good grades in middle school and got a high SSAT score; I'm....

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

Andover was definitely a love-hate relationship. That's the way that everyone feels, though. The reason for this sinusoidal reality is that there are weeks where it seems like everything's going....

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