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Regis High School

School rating 4.5 / 5 by

55 East 84th Street New York NY 10028 United States
Boarding
None to None
Day
9th to 12th
Gender
Boys only

Academic

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I cannot say enough positive things about Regis' academics. Any student who attends Regis is guaranteed an education that will not only prepare him for any college he should choose, but is also valuable in itself. Looking back on my education as a first year student at Columbia University, I could not have asked for anything else from Regis. The English and History departments are very strong. An English course is required of students for all four years attending, the Senior choices being electives while the other three are selected by the English department (A survey course, American Lit, and English Lit in that order). History courses are similarly well taught (be on the lookout for old timers Mr. Connelly and Fr. Bender who often teach the most engaging classes). Theology is also required of students all four years. The department is exceptional, be sure not to brush the classes off as unimportant; often, they will require a good deal of work. Classes range from a Church History course in freshman year to Bible Studies sophomore and a history of Philosophy junior year while allowing students to choose electives senior year. Don't be mistaken: although Regis is typically advertised as a liberal arts school, the Science requirement is demanding, and the department is filled with talented teachers, although the chemistry courses have been having problems filling one spot permanently after a teacher passed away several years ago (In this department, keep your eyes peeled for Dr. Carew, the nicest Biology teacher EVER. Absolutely fascinating in class, too). Three courses are required (Biology, Chemsitry and Physics, in that order). If I were to name any weakness at Regis, it would be the mathematics department. Still, the courses are very rigorous, and at no point have I found that my mathematic background was not sufficient for College courses (several of my friends placed past the first two semesters of college level calculus coming from Regis, too). I found some of the teachers in the math department unfriendly, but this was more than compensated by others, who were some of my favorite teachers there. On the whole, what I qualify as a weakness at Regis would be a strength anywhere else. Other points to note are the mandatory Film, Art and Music History classes one must take. Make sure the crazy film teacher Mr. Loose doesn't convert you to his socialist views. Class size was always reasonable: on average, English, Theology, Math and History classes contained about 15 people, and science classes were a bit bigger (about 30), but classes never felt stretched. For the most part, exams were fair and well spaced. Faculty were always easy to meet with thanks to the innovative Resource Centers (faculty have no offices, just desks in these communal rooms. It sounds strange, but it works very, very well). Students are never overly competitve - often before exams, students will compile and share study guides with each other. Be warned though, Regis' academic rigour comes at a price: namely, you will be working a lot. The workload is heavy, especially with a commute, but worth it. At no point does it become unmanageable, but be don't expect to be going out every weeknight.

College Counseling

College counselling is well organized and efficient at Regis. Two counselors take care of all....

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

Due to Regis' reputation and tuition-free education, the admissions process has become more and more....

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

Almost all of the students I knew at Regis were happy to be there. Yes, the workload was hard, yes, they commuted from far away, yes, they were often sleep deprived, but YES, THEY WERE HAPPY. Chef Matt would probably like to attribute this to the recently painted Cafeteria, now a shocking sunshine yellow, this is probably not the case (as a sidenote, cafeteria food is ok. Not great, but ok. I bagged most of my lunches). It is more likely attributable to the friendly atmosphere, great faculty and amazing student body. While students don't wander of campus too often,....

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