Friday, June 15, 2012

The 10 Most Legendary Prep Schools in America: Part 5

The 10 Most Legendary Prep Schools in America

Posted on Tuesday May 22, 2012
by Staff Writers from

While many students set their sights on top colleges by toiling away at public schools, a select few are able to afford the luxury of studying at highly exclusive prep schools. Many of these schools were established as feeders for renowned universities like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, and are designed with the express goal of high-level college in mind. Often, the students at these schools are the sons and daughters of government figures, celebrities, business magnates, and even royalty. Many go on to fill these types of roles themselves. Naturally, there is a major air of prestige, history, and even legendary status when it comes to these schools. We’ve highlighted 10 of the most legendary of college prep schools, full of history, famous alumni, and even a few interesting stories. Below are prep schools nine and ten:

9 Horace Mann School

Horace Mann is continually ranked as one of the best prep schools in the country, with a highly selective admissions process and a high rate of admissions to the most exclusive colleges including Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. The school was founded as an experimental unit of the Teachers College at Columbia University, so naturally, Horace Mann graduates often matriculate to Columbia as well. Located in the Bronx neighborhood of New York City, students are able to study in the school’s 100-acre nature laboratory in Connecticut for a week at a time. Horace Mann has graduated several notable alumni, including former U.S. Attorney General William Barr, Jack Kerouac, William Carlos Williams, and Pulitzer Prizewinners Robert Caro and Elliott Carter.

10 Brearley School

Considered the sister school of several prep schools including the Collegiate School, Spence, and Chapin School, Brearley is one of the most prominent all-girls private schools in the U.S. Top college destinations for Brearley graduates include Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, Williams College, and Johns Hopkins University. Brearley boasts many famous women as their graduates, including Caroline Kennedy, silver medalist Emily Cross, and Kyra Sedgwick.


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