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Phillips Exeter Academy

Private | 9-12 | 1026 students


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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $250,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,130.

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Posted February 2, 2005

I graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, and although this is a parent rating, I believe it is extremely important that you hear a student's perspective. I had great times along with challenging ones while I was at Exeter ('00-'04). Academically, there is no school like Exeter. All classes are discussion based and average around 13 students per class. The simple fact that students come from all areas of the world, broaden horizons more than the cliche could ever explain. I made life long friendships, both with faculty and with the students. In fact, now that I am graduated, I often think about how great it was to live there. I consider myself very fortunate. And if finances are an issue, I attended the school on financial aid that was very generous. I could write a book about the pros and cons of this school, but it is the best.
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Posted August 17, 2004

P.E.A. is by far the best school in the country. This prestigious prep/boarding school accepts only the best. Boarding students come from 43 states and over 40 countries. Phillips Exeter Academy will provide your overly talented student an education unmatched anywhere. When students graduate going to colleges like Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, everyone knows that it is by far uncommon. Philips Exeter Academy is truely the Harvard University of secondary schools. Athletics are very strong and very important. You have to visit the campus. An absolute must see. Trust me, if your child is academically talented and scores in the 93rd percentile on the SSAT, ISEE, PSAT, and/or the SAT1, enroll him/her today!
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Posted August 13, 2004

Exeter is literally known as being the best school in the U.S.A. I agree to the fullest level.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 6, 2004

Very difficult school. Faculty doesn't help very much. Lot of clubs and class offerings, but older students don't help new ones fit in easily, especially if they are uppers or seniors.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 14, 2004

Superb school for very bright children who can handle pressure. Excellent teachers and classes, incredible sports facilities, beautiful campus. Students who have attended Exeter have a confidence and maturity that you don't find elsewhere. They can handle anything after Exeter. My son graduated in 2002 after 4 years there, and he is already a leader in his college community as a sophmore, and this is a very large university. Exeter gave him so much! I can't say enough good things about this school. It is rigorous and very challenging, and not for the weak of spirit.
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Posted September 9, 2003

Fabulous school for the superbright, competitive child. Top-notch facilities and teachers. Abundance of extra-curricular activities.

Posted September 9, 2003

Our daughter graduated in 2002. We were very pleased with her education and life experiences while on campus in Exeter for 3 years and 1 year in Spain with the 'School Year Abroad' program which they co-sponsor with St. Paul's and Andover.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 48% 89%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 27% 3%
Black 10% 2%
Hispanic 7% 4%
Two or more races 7% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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20 Main Street
Exeter, NH 03833
Phone: (603) 772-4311


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