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Phillips Exeter Academy

School rating 4 / 5 by

20 Main Street Exeter NH 03833 United States
9th to PG
9th to PG


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Class sizes were rarely larger than 12 and more often around 10. Faculty, by virtue of teaching at a high school, have a strong interest in the their students and truly go the extra mile to ensure that you are learning and getting something from their courses. The school does not 'teach to the test' and truly focuses on educating the whole person, rather than simple preparing students to get into a good university.

College Counseling

The College Counseling Office was very helpful, though I often wondered if their motives were....

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

The Admission Process was straightforward; a test, interview etc. The school stresses diversity and thus....

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

I remember my four years at Exeter extremely fondly and probably the best four of my life so far. Dorm life while in high school is an exceptionally formative and bonding experience that I will never forget. The greatest thing about Exeter will be your peers. Housing varied depending largely on luck (though the school is in the process of renovating each dorm), dining was adequate considering that this was a board school and not a restaurant. ...

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