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Ransom Everglades School

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3575 Main Highway Miami FL 33133 United States
6th to 12th


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Teachers at Ransom Everglades School were always accessible. Whenever I had a question, the teachers were there for me. In my experience students would help other students and although there was certainly a high level of competition, there was also plenty of help to go around. Classes were always less than 15 students and although there was a nearly unsurmountable workload there was always a reason to work hard. Exams were important and if you took an AP class you were required to test, but classes did not prepare solely for the exams. I can distinctly recall that in my AP Calculus II class we finished the AP material after the end of the first semester, and in the second semester we went on to discuss differential equations, multivariable calculus, etc. So although there was an emphasis on exams the teachers made it clear that it was not the ultimate focus. The focus at Ransom was unequivocally on the knowledge to be learned and not the grades.

College Counseling

The college counseling process didn't really start until the end of the sophomore year. At....

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 can't explicitly remember the admissions process to Ransom, mostly because it was all done....

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 school is beautiful. It is situated right on the water on Biscayne Bay--the school has a christened sailboat and a sailing team, and science classes take a motor boat out every few weeks or so to do on-site labs. The food at the cafeteria is decent, but it was never bad. Things were always cooked well, but as a senior you did have a choice to go off-campus to Coconut Grove to eat. I remember my group of friends ate crepes almost every day. It was a great option. Social events were attended by nearly everybody, and the neighborhood....

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