PA is the best high school on the plane. The academics are excellent, the school is a warm, caring environment.All the students strive to be the best they can be. I feel lucky that my daughter was able to attend.
Andover is the second most prestigious secondary school on the planet. This school is academically less rigorous than Phillips Exeter Academy (which is the finest secondary school) and as a result tends to be less stressful for her students.
Andover is an amazing community. It's been my home for the past two years, and I couldn't have asked for more. Even though it can be a very demanding and stressful place at times, I know that in the end I will look back on my Andover experience, and wish that I could go back to freshman year and do it all over again. In my time here, I have met so many cool people from all over the world and I know that even after I graduate they will remain a part of me forever.
The best feeling in the world is finding the right fit for your child. It is never easy to know what that means because each person is so unique. We have three sons and they are all different in their aptitudes, interests and motivation. For our youngest son, PA has been the right fit and we are thrilled for him. This is a very special school but not for the faint of heart. Many students could do very well without such a challenging program but many students are underserved when they are not challenged enough. I recommend PA to all those young people who thrive when the going gets tough because that is where the fun is. Like I said earlier, my older two sons would not have enjoyed PA. They are following their passions and attitudes in places that fit them. Good luck!
As parents we could not have found a better school! Our Son got accepted at all of the leading US Boarding schools (exeter, deerfield, choate, St Pauls, etc) and the minute he went back for revisit day he knew and so did we. It has been an experience that far exceeded our expectations. From Faculty to Curriculum to school leadership its the standard that all schools should be measured by. The programs are amazing and the guidance the students receive from the school and amongst themselves is a real benefit! No better place on earth! GO BLUE!
I am a current student at Phillips Academy and I have had the pleasure of going through the entire process of Andover. Freshman all the way through. I have attended a public school before attending Andover and the difference is hard to explain. There are more opportunities in an academic sense at Andover then there is at any public school in the nation. If you are accepted to either Andover or any of its peer schools then the opportunities presented to you are indescribable. The stress is high and so is the pace of life but after Andover you can confidently take on anything. There are downsides but to be completely honest, the rewards outweigh the difficulties of this Academy and the people you meet you will know for the rest of your life.
While I agree that Andover provides many of the wonderful opportunities listed above, it is easy for students to fall through the cracks while their peers outshine them. Andover fails to acknowledge when its students are struggling, and the competitive nature makes it hard for students to admit when they are having trouble. Some of Andover's policies are ludicrous (jsut get a copy of the rule book, the rule book).
PA provides students with many opportunities. There are always chances to get involved in theater, debate, economics, science labs, music classes ... lots of options, perhaps too many options. That would be my only complaint; students have so many choices, and the school does not really teach kids how to choose wisely so that they can really concentrate on one or two things. The teachers are great, and the other students are usually excited to learn.
Andover has an extremely challenging academic program and a busy school life. Students will never find themselves complaining about boredom--instead, they will be complaining about the overwhelming about of stuff they have to do!
Unparalleled academics. Many Advanced Placement courses. Very strong in math and sciences. Impressed with their breath of foreign language offerings. Strong extracurricular program especially sports. Fosters independence. Great matriculation success with approx 20% to Ivy Leagues. Best for those who value networking.
I attended PA in the early 90's and the quality of education was outstanding. The teachers cared and prepared me for college beyond my expectations. PA has a large endowment and world class facilities and programs. Unlike many of the other elite prep schools, PA tries to a less stressful environment (no dress code) but the reality is that students work hard and are very competitive.
Andover presented my daughter with academic challenges in a different league from what she was used to at home. Additionaly, the opportunities to actively participate in sports, cultural and social service opportunities provided for an environment where she was 'engaged' in something rewarding seven days a week. The breath of courses available were excellent in helping her chart a career path from her many interests in life. Trully a rewarding, personal growth opportunity that provided a smooth transition to a successfull start of her college years.
Phillips Academy creates a comprehensive and enveloping learning environment. The academics are rigorous, the schedules are demanding, but my two high school students are learning at a pace that at once challenges and rewards. There is no opportunity for boredom. The faculty are challenging, respectful of teens, and supportive. Dorm life is various, but again, a comprehensive, supportive embrace. I've heard that some students find their college experience to be somewhat of a let-down after their years at Andover.
Phillips helps students get prepared for college and makes students much more open- minded and independent.
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