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flanders_bob's avatar

What is the most prestigious prep school?

Asked by flanders_bob (3points) July 26th, 2009 from iPhone


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aprilsimnel's avatar

In the world? Probably Eton.

In the US? Probably a toss-up between Phillips Exeter Academy and Phillips Academy, Andover. I have a friend who prepped at Exeter.

gailcalled's avatar

My son went to 10th grade at Andover, hated it, and returned to our Independent Quaker School in Phila., where he aced everything, got the senior English award and went on to be an intellectual and scholar.

He then went to grad school, perfected his classical Greek, Latin and French and got a degree in comp. lit.

One of his suite mates at Andover was Teddy Kennedy’s son, I think.

wildpotato's avatar

St. George’s in Rhode Island

casheroo's avatar

@gailcalled That’s where we want to send our children! Such great schools, if you’re talking about Friends.

Zendo's avatar

Loyola High School…Jesuit run…

DominicX's avatar

What about the “Institut le Rosey” in Switzerland? It’s where royal children go. It’s annual fees are around $77,000 USD.

gailcalled's avatar

@wildpotato: Is St. George’s part of the St. Grottlesex crowd (MIddlesex, Groton, St. Paul and St. George?)

gailcalled's avatar

@casheroo: They are all wonderful; Germantown Friends, Wm Penn Charter, Friends Central and Friends Select.

peyton_farquhar's avatar

@gailcalled oh no you did not include your question mark within parentheses.

gailcalled's avatar

@peyton_farquhar : I love that you care enough to notice. (How did you know that that was not a test for the sharp-eyed?) It wasn’t. Oh, no. I didn’t.

@wildpotato: Here’s the official St. Grottlesex… all of the above plus St. Mark’s. And it’s St. George’s and St. Paul’s.

“The term is a portmanteau of the St. part of St. Paul’s, St. Mark’s, and St. George’s, then part of Groton, an extra t, and then ended with Middlesex…... founded in the mid- to late nineteenth century for well-to-do Episcopalian boys (excepting nondenominational Middlesex, founded in 1901), and were consciously styled as the American equivalent of famous English public schools (for example Eton, Harrow, Charterhouse, Shrewsbury, Winchester, and Rugby).

In contrast, the so-called academies, such as Andover, Exeter, Deerfield, and Milton, were generally founded in the late eighteenth century as places to “combine scholarship with more than a little Puritan hellfire” and, originally, were often the first educational step in preparing men for the Puritan ministry.”

wildpotato's avatar

@gailcalled Ah! I was waiting for a reply from my St. George’s friend before I got back to you. Interesting to learn of the historical ideological differences.

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