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Old 02-05-2008, 01:09 PM
 
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I am glad you are working with an educational consultant. That will prove very helpful.

NYC and the surrounding area's top notch private schools are considered (at least to some) feeder schools to the Ivies. The south is different in so many ways. Ten students went to Ivies, but I bet far more applied and I bet they are spread out among the Ivies not grouped at just one. I also wonder how many had parents that were alumni... regardless of what the schools say, we know that helps especially if the parents have been generous donors through the years.

In the end, it does boil down to the applicant -- sort of. There were about 600 high school valedictorians among the 1,650 freshman in the class of 2006 (2,889 valedictorians applied) Harvard and the other Ivies really get to cherry pick their students.

One thing to keep in mind, at least as far as what I understand, is that the private schools here, while still very expensive, are far less expensive than many in NYC. They may even seem like a bargain to you.

Good luck.
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Old 02-10-2008, 06:25 PM
 
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Westminster is considered one of the top 3 schools (private or public) in the United States. If you compare SAT scores with Philips Academy Andover or Phillips Exeter Academy, (the other top 2 schools, which happen to be boarding schools) they are virtually inseparable. Also, you can not even compare their graduating class' college choices with the others, it is just embarassing for the other schools. It also offers a great deal of financial aid, so that truly gifted kids can get in, and not just the ones with money.
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Old 02-11-2008, 12:21 PM
 
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^yes, I went on their website and took a look at it. It is definitely an excellent school. Many high school gradutes went to Ivies. I know it's not easy to get into Ivies for many families. I am wondering what kind financial aid package is offered at the school. Do they offter any additional aid to top bright students?
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Old 02-12-2008, 03:01 PM
 
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^yes, I went on their website and took a look at it. It is definitely an excellent school. Many high school gradutes went to Ivies. I know it's not easy to get into Ivies for many families. I am wondering what kind financial aid package is offered at the school. Do they offter any additional aid to top bright students?
Westminsters financial aid is geared towards those who excel in sports I thought? At least that is what other similar schools say
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Old 02-13-2008, 02:19 PM
 
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Westminster definitely has the most National Merit Scholars. I've always heard (please don't kill me-just repeating what I've heard!) that Westminster is #1 academically, and that Lovett is more "social" (e.g., the rep is that of the rich kids who couldn't get into Westminster). Again, I can't vouch for the truth of that at all-that's just one thing I've heard. Pace is smaller and not religiously-affiliated, so there are more Jewish students and students of other faiths as well.
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Old 03-24-2008, 11:48 AM
 
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I just wanted to put a plug in for Galloway (and just did so on another thread). My children go there and are in EL. We stumbled into it because it had a prek3, never intending on staying because I had heard it was very artsy-fartsy and "out there". That may have been true in the past, but what I found were very solid principles. My kids are in EL and the things they have learned this year are 2+ years ahead of PS curriculum. They LOVE LOVE going to school. I love the community--the place permeates joy. There is a new headmaster and I think he has ambitious plans for the place. Give it a chance and do a tour--you will find most parents there are highly satisfied!
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