The impression that I had when visiting Phillips Exeter Academy was that it shares some similarities with a university campus environment. With a little less than 1,100 students, all in grades 9-12, it is one of the larger boarding schools. The school is in a rural setting, about an hour drive from Boston and has a vast amount of resources and opportunities for students, such as over 400 courses and 100 student organizations to choose from. It is also home to the largest secondary school library in the world.
Exeter is academically rigorous and is known to send many graduates to top colleges and universities. One of the unique things about the school is that all classes are taught with the Harkness philosophy, which originated at Exeter. Classrooms are designed with all of the students and the teacher sitting at a round table. Through this teaching method, learning is done collaboratively through discussion and sharing.