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Academically speaking, Horace Mann offers a lot to each student. The courses are challenging and really help develop your thinking skills, rather than just memorizing a bunch of facts to get good grades. Teachers here really care about what you write - they rarely, if ever, just slap a grade on. Good grades are earned solely through showing the teacher your thought process. There are a plethora of clubs and it's super easy to start one if the school lacks an organization that you're interested in. However, I felt excluded a lot, as most of my peers were extremely wealthy and Jewish. I, coming from a middle-class background, struggled a lot with the reality of my situation and my friends who seemed to looked down on the poor.
It is a great place to be! Amazing environment, helpful teachers, and everyone is eager to learn new things!
My dream is to in join this school ,, so I need a chance for that reason but I don't have many,,,, a free scholarship can change my future life to the best
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This school has been a huge let down for my son so I did some digging and analyzed the numbers I could find. I read a review a while back saying only legacies and special situations were admitted to IVYs so I decided to investigate and see how true this was. I put my hand on some numbers and computed a few statistics over the past 5 years. Wasn't easy and took me a long time. Here's how it turned out (I call TOP the group of colleges including the 8 IVYs+Stanford+MIT+Caltech). Numbers for 2011/2016:
% of TOP legacies: 27%/44%
% of athletes: 3%/4%
% admition rate to TOP school: 41%/39%
% admition rate to TOP not legacies/athletes: 11%/2%
% conversion rate for legacies/athletes: 91%77%
So numbers of legacies in the class significantly up, conversion rate significantly down (so even legacies don’t do well anymore) and more importantly non-legacies admition rate down from 11% to 2% so virtually no chance for your child to attend a TOP school if you yourself did not attend that school.
If what you are looking for is a great education then this is your school.
However if your intention is to get into a good college then don't be fooled by the IVY acceptance rate as it is exclusively legacy students who get into these colleges.
In fact if you have no pull like most normal people but your child is academically strong then you are infinitely better of going to your local public school whatever their admit rate is. At HM your child will always compete with the same group of 20 kids that have the same circumstances and since IVY spots are already spoken for long before you even realize you're out of the race then you're fighting for spots in subpar colleges.
Do not be fooled by the numbers, do your homework.
Joining the HM community in the fall! I'm beyond excited for the academic rigor, bright peers and beautiful campus! Couldn't have wished for a better school!
Horace Mann is the definition of a college preparatory academy. All of the facilities and classes are designed to nurture the kind of thinking that is highly valued at many universities. The lack of a standardized equilibrium means that teachers are not required to teach "to-the-test," as many public schools must. Instead, teachers teach to make sure the students have an understanding of the topic.
Terrible administration, completely tone deaf and always focusing on Trustees' kids and their needs.
Horace Mann was a great school that completely prepared me for college. The teacher really care about the student and enjoy teaching. The student body is extremely competitive without being cut-throat. While our athletic teams are not the most competitive, this is offset by amazing facilities and the ability for every student to partipate in sports.
Horace Mann is an elite private school that is very hard to get into. I've been there 6 years but finally leaving. It was a good experience and opened up my eyes to many new experiences and wrongdoings about the world.
Horace Mann is a great school for those who want to be academically challenged. Yet, they don't have much tolerance for anything hard going on outside the school.
After being accepted in 10th grade, my transition could not have been more easier than with the attention and friendliness of my teachers and fellow colleagues. As I walk into the school, each morning I hear a warm welcome. This contributes to the five core values of the school, which are life of the mind, mature behavior, mutual respect, a secure and healthful environment, and a balance between individual achievement and a caring community. These values aren't just stapled to the walls of the building, but they are shared among all the people of the community.
Even in a great school, there are things that should be given more attention. More specifically, as a Russian speaking student, I think that it would be nice to be able to take a language in school that isn't offered in most high schools. It would not only give students the chance to try out another language, but it would also give native speakers the chance to maintain their knowledge of the Russian culture.
Most if not all are engaging. They all hold specialized degrees and most have taught at prestigious private colleges. The curriculum is thus very challenging and at the highest level.
Extracurriculars are diverse, well funded, and the students are often very dedicated to them. The Model U.N., Model Congress, and Debate teams in particular are taken very seriously and perform extremely well on a national stage.
I am absolutely certain that I could not gain a better education at any other high school in the United States (or the world). Classes are comprehensive and stimulating, teachers are knowledgeable and passionate, clubs and extracurricular opportunities are top-quality, and the facilities are fantastic. That said, to attend Horace Mann is to put oneself through a one-of-a-kind sort of ringer — academically, culturally, mentally, etc. There's certainly an air of elitism that goes around — kids know that they're at the top of the academic food chain around the nation and expect to be able to go into top colleges and achieve high-paying, prestigious careers (often because of familial connections as well). This sense of entitlement is often justified with Horace Mann's academic rigor — best characterized by its favorite buzz term "life of the mind" — which entails unapologetically burying students under mountains of work and expecting them to find their way out, be it through meeting with teachers for help, talking with guidance counselors, or (and this one's more secretive, yet still quite common) hiring tutors. And the school's competitive (and a bit snobby) culture drives students to maintain a facade of academic perfection, extracurricular vitality, and social activity no matter the circumstances. As a result, many students exit with a thoroughly matured, if not a bit jaded outlook on the world, having been rocked to the core and forced to consider the bigger things in life, for better or for worse. Needless to say, many kids find even the some of the most elite universities a relative cakewalk after leaving this juggernaut of a high school.
Just like the students, HM teachers are the cream of the crop — they're extremely knowledgeable and often well overqualified, they respect and work with student ideas, and they communicate subject matter with enthusiasm and perspective.
The students are very secure on the campus but the student community could do more to open a dialogue about mental health.
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There is a club and publication for every possible interest. It is easy to make any club you want but the administrators seldom are very interactive with their club.
I am appreciative of the academic opportunities and how the school promotes diverse opinions and encourages students to be more active in the world. I would definitely choose this school again.
The teachers incorporate diverse teaching styles to suit the needs of visual and auditory learners. They are knowledgeable, engaging, and clearly passionate, making for an auspicious academic environment.