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The book offers a comprehensive look at college preparatory boarding schools in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom through the eyes of recent graduates who are now attending prestigious colleges and universities such as Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Yale, Oxford, and Cambridge.

The approach is distinctive, giving readers the opportunity to get the real “inside story” from their peers and learn more about what the schools are like than the youngsters and their parents could learn in a campus visit or standard guidebook.

The book does a great job presenting a wealth of information in a diverse array of voices. Student readers will no doubt feel that the reviewers quoted in the book shared many of their questions and concerns as students, and parents are likely to appreciate the frankness of the reviewers’ comments as well.

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"My college counselor also had good relationships with college admissions officers and was able to update me on how they'd reacted to my applications. In the end, I applied to Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Harvey Mudd, and Caltech (California Institute of Technology), and I got into all of them, so I was happy with my college counselor's efforts (and the efforts of the CCO as a whole) in promoting my application, as well as in helping me decide where I wanted to go."

- MIT student
"Students at Groton tend to be either very smart, very rich, or both (because some people just seem to have it all). Many kids have attended private schools their whole lives. The school favors well-rounded individuals. Athletic recruits also have to be intelligent. In my time at Groton, the kids who were not motivated enough to get through the school's rigors ended up leaving. The admissions process requires an interview, during which I recommend candidates dress conservatively while showing themselves to be original thinkers."

- Harvard student
“The British exam system is, for the most part, based on assessment objectives: tick the boxes and you're guaranteed a great result. At Eton, while you are taught to tick the boxes, this is merely a preliminary measure: the emphasis in on going beyond the exam and enjoying the subject in all its depth”

- Oxford student
"Gaining admission to St. Albans can prove quite difficult, because it is arguably the most selective school in the Washington, D.C., area. However, distinguishing oneself above other applicants is no mystery. Performing well on the SSATs and the ISEEs certainly helps the admissions officers look at an applicant more favorably. However, the dynamic applicant that St. Albans seeks extends far beyond standardized tests."

- University of Pennsylvania student

Boarding schools in the United States: Cate School Choate Rosemary Hall Cranbrook Schools Deerfield Academy Groton School Hotchkiss School Kent School Lawrenceville School Loomis Chaffee School Mercersburg Academy Middlesex School Milton School Nobles and Greenough School Northfield Mount Hermon School Peddie School Phillips Exeter Academy Phillips Academy Andover St. Albans School St. George’s School St. Paul’s School Tabor Academy Thacher School Webb Schools

Boarding schools in the United Kingdom: Benenden School Cheltenham Ladies’ College Downe House School Eton College Fettes College King’s School, Canterbury Oundle School Radley College Rugby School Sevenoaks School Shrewsbury School St. Paul’s School, London St. Swithun’s School Tonbridge School Westminster School, London Winchester College

Boarding schools in Canada: Bishop Strachan School St. Michaels University School St. George's School, Vancouver

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Ansoo Chang holds degrees from MIT and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he was recognized as a James B. Angell Scholar.
 
Published May 19, 2011 by CreateSpace. 320 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Some comments are so sweeping that readers may question how the college-age reviewer gained such a far-reaching perspective: The Harkness method used at Phillips Exeter Academy leads to “probing discussion on a breadth of topics at intellectual levels rare at most secondary schools,” while a new ...

May 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Prep Review: Boarding Schools

Entertainment Weekly

Lee Fiora is a middle-class, Midwestern girl who finds herself at an elite Northeast boarding school filled with lacrosse-playing WASPs who inspire in our heroine both a drooling envy and a sense of alienation.

Jan 17 2005 | Read Full Review of Prep Review: Boarding Schools

Los Angeles Times

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Other county finishers included Terri Smythers of San Clemente (30th, 18:50.6), Teresa Beltran of Santa Ana Valley (38th, 19:01), Laura Doering of Villa Park (40th, 19:02.6) and Maria Vargas of Santa Ana Valley (48th, 19:23).

Dec 05 1988 | Read Full Review of Prep Review: Boarding Schools

Los Angeles Times

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The Zenos hope to buy a home in the La Quinta enrollment area by the end of May. Eric Zeno was Fountain Valley's starting quarterback for seven games in 1984, but lost the job to John Peart after Peart came off the bench in the fourth quarter to lead the Barons to an 11-10, come-from-behind win o...

Apr 22 1985 | Read Full Review of Prep Review: Boarding Schools

Los Angeles Times

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Brown, a popular speaker, is known for devising length-of-the-court desperation plays, which are a favorite topic among coaches.

Jan 14 1985 | Read Full Review of Prep Review: Boarding Schools

Los Angeles Times

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Boop likes to hoop so much that he's even going back to Indiana University to help teach it alongside Bobby Knight at the Hoosiers' upcoming summer basketball clinics.

May 26 1986 | Read Full Review of Prep Review: Boarding Schools

Los Angeles Times

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The Arcadia meet will be held at Arcadia High School with field events starting at 4 p.m. and running events at 6:30 p.m. El Camino's Darron Norris will face the state sprint champion, Henry Thomas of Hawthorne, in the 100 and 200 meters at Arcadia.

Apr 08 1985 | Read Full Review of Prep Review: Boarding Schools

Los Angeles Times

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When Anaheim High School opened the 1988 prep baseball season by losing four of five games, many predicted the Colonists were headed for another losing season.

May 02 1988 | Read Full Review of Prep Review: Boarding Schools

Los Angeles Times

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The final chapter of the well-chronicled careers of quarterbacks Todd Marinovich of Capistrano Valley and Bret Johnson of El Toro High School began over the weekend, and both seniors were as impressive as ever in their opening games.

Sep 14 1987 | Read Full Review of Prep Review: Boarding Schools

Los Angeles Times

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Although the event was designed as a show of gratitude for Danley, who has guided Katella's 20 teams to 20 playoff berths, at times it had the appearance of a campaign dinner.

May 12 1986 | Read Full Review of Prep Review: Boarding Schools

Los Angeles Times

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Until the relatively recent introduction of the international tiebreaker rule to high school softball, games could continue, inning after inning, until it got dark, the umpires had to go home or the field was no longer available.

May 15 1989 | Read Full Review of Prep Review: Boarding Schools

Los Angeles Times

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How about La Habra Coach Bob Rau, who, after five other Freeway League coaches agreed that the Highlanders were the favorites to win the title, said: "I absolutely believe any team in our league could beat us if we don't play well."

Dec 16 1985 | Read Full Review of Prep Review: Boarding Schools

Los Angeles Times

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SAN DIEGO — Hilltop High School distance runner Ellis del Sol was expecting to run in the slower of two heats for the boys high school mile at the Sunkist Indoor Invitational track meet last Friday night at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

Jan 21 1985 | Read Full Review of Prep Review: Boarding Schools

Los Angeles Times

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"I've seen them play a lot, and I always thought they played soft.

Jan 07 1985 | Read Full Review of Prep Review: Boarding Schools

ForeWord Reviews

Prep Review doesn’t provide the latest statistics on student body, program costs, application deadlines, or admissions at college preparatory boarding schools.

Aug 31 2011 | Read Full Review of Prep Review: Boarding Schools

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