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Peddie School

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South Main Street Highstown NJ 08520 United States
9th to PG
9th to PG


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Peddie does not have any particular weaknesses when it comes to academics. In all departments you can find amazing teachers who you hope to have, but you may also find a teacher that teaches you not in your preferred style. Regardless of the teacher, you will receive an amazing education that is on a personal level. There are no classes more than 15 people and most are even smaller. I am a math and science student. I credit my Chemistry and my PreCalc Honors teacher for both being the reasons as to why I love those subjects. All of the teachers at Peddie make class interesting and fun which causes the learning environment to be comfortable to all. All of the teachers and faculty really want to see their students be successful in any way possible. The faculty that I used as my mentor was someone who's office I'd just stop in every so often and be greeted each time with respect and consideration. The community aspect that the faculty create at Peddie is a rare opportunity to be a part of. Students at Peddie all work hard. Some work harder than others, but all work. Students aim for the highest grade possible and are competitive in little ways. There is rarely cheating or sharing of answers at Peddie mainly because students don't want others to get better grades than them. Nevertheless, the classroom and the collegial parts of Peddie are as strenuous as you want to make them, but there is also a standard and expectation that students must live up to. Most Peddie students are involved in sports, and if not they manage a team, are in the play, or do some extracurricular. Peddie students are very involved in their community which helps students to all feel comfortable and a part of something larger than just themselves. Peddie has prepared me in all possible ways. I am more than comfortable living on my own whether it be in a dorm or in a new city. I am able to talk to adults and reach out if I have any concerns. Peddie taught me to take initiative and to do things myself rather than just wait until opportunities find me. Academically, Peddie has prepared me more than enough for the Honors Program that I am currently enrolled in. The only part that Peddie failed to teach me was that college will be a step down from Peddie. College will not have the amazing diversity that I loved being a part of at Peddie. College will not have the sense of a loving community as much as Peddie did. College will not have nearly as many faculty and teachers that care about you and want you to succeed. College will not have the same quality of teachers that Peddie provided or as an amazing learning environment that Peddie was. If you speak to any Peddie alums, whether it be one year graduated or 25 years graduated, they will all say something similar as to, "I loved my college experience, but my veins will always bleed blue and gold." There will never be a college nearly as amazing as Peddie is. Students while at Peddie may feel stressed, but the value that they gain in both life advice and education will surpass any stressful nights they ever had. Once graduated, you only wish that you could have a few more years in the amazing Peddie environment.

College Counseling

The college counselors at Peddie are an abundance of information. You start your Junior Year....

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

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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

Attending Peddie is definitely a love and hate situation, as is anywhere. During school there will always be days where you are stressed out with too much work or anxious about grades. On days like this, it is hard to enjoy Peddie, it would be hard to enjoy any school that makes you stressed. As a student, you would tell Peddie to give less work to improve the quality of student life. As a graduate, you would say Peddie please don't change. As a graduate you realize that Peddie prepares you for all of the stresses of life and college.....

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