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St. Paul's School

Student rating 4.8/ 5 by University of Pennsylvania student
325 Pleasant Street Concord NH 03301 United States


St. Paul's Schoolreview by University of Pennsylvania student. Courses: Quality and availability of courses at St. Paul's School is quite extensive- the school's Humanities program is highly emphasized, as History and English is combined into a kind of double course that is quite effective. Math courses extend from Vector and BC calculus to Geometry. Each course in the sciences and Mathematics have honor sections. There will be a new math/science building in the works, as the current ones are starting to show their age. Teachers: Extremely helpful and very available for extra help/independent projects suggested by a student. A lot have PhDs- most are ex-college professors from very good schools (Ivys etc.) Class size: small, intimate. Effective. Work Load: You will need to work hard for classes- but there is help available for tutors, study halls,etc. Overall: School does not over emphasize student's exams. They pride themselves on encourage a holistic learning approach.

College Counseling

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  • "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

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  • "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…"
  • "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 because their evaluation will be affected by the fact that the guides didn't hear a thing from the kid…"

School Life

Quality of Life Food: B-B+ Cafeteria looks like hogwarts, eating hours are not a long as desired for dinner, but the food is always rotated, hardly ever repeated, and big holiday feasts are big deals and excellent. There are also twice a week sit down formal seated meals, that afterwards convene with coffee and tea that acts as a relaxed session that is highly social and mandatory. Housing: A-B Depends on the house, some room are even double story. But all have excellent heating, are not falling apart, and are not infested with mice or bugs. I have never seen a roach and/or mouse my entire time I attended St. Paul's. Some are farther away from classes, so it depends. Each dorm is equipt with a full kitchen and several common rooms and computers. Crime: A+ (BASICALLY NONE) Highly dedicated private security for campus, and crime is basically non existent. Stealing happens a lot more at college by other students then at St. Paul's. The worst you will probably have taken from you will be a few bagels or old take out you left in the fridge and forgot to label. Neighborhood: C, Concord is small and not particularly exciting, but Boston is an hour away by a 8 $ bus ride. Campus: A+ (IT IS GORGEOUS!) Social Events: Excellent, as St. Paul's is all boarding, they care very much about what their students have to do on weekends. They also have 'surprise' holidays announced in the morning. Socio-economic background of students: Not so much middle class, around 25% of students have financial aid /scholarships, the rest ( 65 % or so ) are Upper class. They students are not very elitist however, and the schools tries to diversify their student body. Overall, the quality of life is what you make of it, but it is basically impossible not to love it there.

Activities: Athletic: have three houses/ clubs that students are randomly assigned and stay with until graduation. They are involved in club level sports and have tournaments that are highly attended. School does not have the most enthusiastic school spirit in all sports. Sports that are offered are very extensive, including a FANTASTIC 32 million dollar gym and pool. Beautiful 2000 acre with ponds and streams, make walks and runs beautiful and Rowing fantastic as well. (also brand new expensive double story boat house with very expensive boats offered) Outside: A lot of clubs by students are offered and easily created. The newspaper-The Pelican- is a very strong program, although demanding.