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Pingry School

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131 Martinsville Road Basking Ridge NJ 07920 United States
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Freshman and sophomore years are picked for you- English, Science (Biology freshman year, Chemistry sophomore year, and Physics junior year), History (World History over both freshman and sophomore years and US History junior year), Math, Foreign Language, and art. Personally, I chose to take two foreign languages (Spanish and Latin) and postpone the art. Also, junior year, students have the option to place into AP US History. English freshman and sophomore years are picked for you, but beginning junior year English classes last for one semester. The fall semester for all juniors is American Literature, and seniors may choose between European Literature and World Literature in the fall. Both juniors and seniors can pick from a list of electives for spring semester English. Juniors and seniors may also pick from a host of electives, although seniors have more freedom because the seniors' schedule is more lax. The school offers many AP's, ranging from US and European History to Psychology to Calculus to Foreign languages and literatures. Having finally come to college, I look back and I can see how Pingry truly prepared me for college. The aspects of college I wasn't prepared for were, in my mind, the adjustments to a rigorous institution of higher education. The most important thing that Pingry taught me was how to write. As a graduation requirement, I am required to take a writing seminar. Mainly, we read and discuss and critique each other's papers. While I still have a long way to go to adjust completely to how to write in college, from reading fellow students' papers I can see that I am much further along then many of them because of the papers that I had to write at Pingry.

College Counseling

I think that Pingry is successful in placing students of the college of their choice,....

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 cannot truly answer this question as I began my Pingry career in third grade,....

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

The building is a horrendously ugly building, made worse by the front patio with the statue that was controversial when erected a few years ago. The change from a front traffic circle to the front patio was a huge logistical blunder. Still, it's a large, comfortable building on the inside. And the campus is large, quite a bit larger than my current University campus, which means we have all the fields, tennis courts, ponds, and other outside facilities we need. There really isn't a neighborhood, since the school is in the middle of fields and only reachable by car and bus,....

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