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Choate Rosemary Hall

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333 Christian Street Wallingford CT 06492 United States
9th to PG
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For any talented and motivated individual Choate provides the perfect academic atmosphere to excel and to achieve a comprehensive grasp of classroom skills and material. The small average class size, (the number of students in a given class is rarely more than ten,) lets the teacher get to know each student on an individual basis and at a very personel level. It is through this size that one can see how truly motivated and caring Choate's faculty really is. Unlike many schools, Choate is in no way motivated solely by exam proficiency, instead, refreshingly, the focus is on individual growth. It may sound like a cliché, but at Choate, the teachers genuinely care about both their students' academic success and their progress as academics and students of the modern world. The small campus setting and the fact that nearly all faculty live on campus makes it easy both for students to seek the necessary help and impossible for them to hide from the faculty. That said, by no means is Choate an academic "bubble," instead the school does a fantastic job of inviting guest speakers and of promoting the school's many study abroad opportunities. The international experience that Choate students are exposed to, both through student body interaction, and study abroad opportunities is unparalleled and prepares its graduates perfectly for life in an increasingly connected world. In fact, in four years at Choate, I was able to travel to China, Hong Kong, the U.K. and Spain through the school and this experience has been invauable to my college career and my life perspective. Choate is not an exam factory, but instead a caring community focused on individual academic and personal growth, academic excellence, and international experience for a changing world.

College Counseling

As an eldest child, I was essentially blind going into the college process. Choate helped....

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

One should take the SSATs when applying to Choate. As to how often, I believe....

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

Choate's quality of life is unparalleled among English and American prep schools. I have had family spread around the elite New England prep schools, and far and away, Choate provides its students with the best possible atmosphere. The housing is fantastic, (and improving! The school will open new dorms in the next two years!) and the advisors within the houses could not be more open or helpful. The campus itself is absolutely beautiful complete with impressive classical and modern architecture, (including the art center designed by I.M. Pei,) and allows students to spread out while simultaneously be protected by the....

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