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Does anyone have any input on the above schools from an academic and hockey standpoint? If you had to pick one of the above, which would you pick and why? Any others in the general area you’d add to the mix?
My 2 cents....Rivers for hockey and its not close - they arguably have the best coach in prep hockey. BBN is a good academic/football school but awful location and hockey wise. Austin prep shouldnt be in the same conversation as the two other schools.
Rivers Coach lives in Watertown during the school year
Rivers.......BB&N,Austin. Schedule is more competitive at BB&N
If you're not opposed to all boys school.
BC High has a nice balance of Hockey and academics. It is also tricky to get in and out of.
Easy answer- Its BBN if Academics are your top priority or Rivers if its a hockey decision. Austin Prep should not be in the same conversation as the other two.
if cost is a consideration AP is less than half of the others...
Between these rivers wins hands down. As mentioned arguably best coach in prep, great record of placement of players at D1 and D3 college level. Boys hockey is not a priority sport at BBN, in addition to uncertainty at head coaching position last season they had many freshman and 8th graders playing varsity. The result was a disaster any many of the players transferred to other preps. But BBN still is an ISL school so the schedule is strong and the facilities are great. From an academic standpoint BBN is ahead of Rivers but the gap is pretty close. AP can not compete with either school academically or in sports.
Me thinks you should check some of the current prep school rankings. Not a ton of difference between number 11 and 16.
But you’re right Groton-Lawrence,6-33, is a much bigger gap.
Please provide an alternative ranking. Sounds like your view is clouded by the standing of these schools 30+ years ago and not current state of affairs. Perhaps he should apply to CM, best hockey in New England direct pipeline to BU.
So basically the same list compiled by professionals.
Note to OP, you will have to do your research. Call the schools, set up a tour and interviews, contact the coach of the sports your kid would like to play. All of these schools are good but different culturally. Unfortunately there is no easy formula that will tell you what will work for your son. Good luck!
Committed but not admitted to Harvard. There is a big difference.
So he went to the most overrated academic institution in the country, BC. Used to be a school for connected local catholic micks and a safety school for anyone with brains....Then they decided to globalize to beef up their endowment and poof, its now its supposedly a good school.
Not on the list. Really?
Austin is not in the same league as the other two. Academically your better of at Fenwick or St. Mary's than AP.
Is AP a Prep school? It is more a glorified High School than a Prep school.
Aim for BBN/ Rivers and the like.
We did the Austin Prep open house last year (enrolled at St. John's Prep) and that anon might be on to something. I was very turned off to the fact the school does not provide their average SAT scores. This was a major red flag. It also seems that teacher turn over is a real problem. The grounds are nice but the actual building is awful. Very happy at the Prep and would advise anyone to look at.
Dexter is not a great academic school?
You sir are an idiot and have no idea what you are talking about if you make a statement like that.
I did not go to Dexter, but I have a clue.
Dexter is not what it used to be. In the last 10 years, Dexter has changed it's focus to sports. Of course there are smart kids there and not everyone who attends Dexter is an athlete however in the past, their focus was on the student first with sports taking a backseat.
Which is why so many kids are going to great schools!
NICHE is a joke.
Do you really think CM is a better school than Groton?
They do. Joke
Wrong. Niche has Groton as #6 and CM #63 -best private hs in Mass
Please learn how to use the Internet
The both of you repeat after me. PREP SCHOOL IS FOR BOOK WORMS AND TIN FOIL LIBERAL RETARDS.