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Phillips Exeter Academy

School rating 4.6 /5 by

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


Phillips Exeter Academy review by . The academic experience at Phillips Exeter is unrivaled. Classes are small and based on what is known as the Harkness method. In this method, the teacher and students sit around an oval table and explore the topic at hand through discussion. This method encourages participation and cooperation, since students learn from one another, not just from the teacher. The teacher's role is that of a facilitator, asking questions to jump-start the discussion and intervening if the students get off track. Unlike other schools which have imitated this style of teaching, Exeter employs the Harkness method. ...

College Counseling

Phillips Exeter Academy is a Yale University feeder based on Top 30 Yale University Feeder Schools

The college counseling program is generally strong, though there is some variation across advisors. ....

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 admissions department (headed by Michael Gary) is fantastic. Mr. Gary is a remarkably....

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

I found Exeter's quality of life to be outstanding, most notably because of the dorm experience. Students are placed in either dorms (35-40 people on average) or houses (about....

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