Published May 15, 2013How to handle five basic challenges involved in choosing a boarding school.
Alumni Review #1, Class of 2010
Published July 21, 2011
About the Author:
|College Enrolled||Truman State University|
|Home Town, State (Country)||Haiphong, none|
|Years Attended Boarding School||1|
|Activities During Boarding School||Key Club, Photography club, Student Council|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Community service is required in order to graduate which makes the school more involved with the small community. Also, science fair and various science projects are very interesting and helpful to increase student's knowledge about the subject.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I think best thing happened to me was I got to concentrate on my study and got in a good college with a nice scholarship. I also grew much more independent as a person, a citizen in the community.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would take more interesting classes in my last semester of senior year. There is a couple of new classes that got offered but I was feeling laid back and chose to have a nice, easy going semester.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Academics quality is good and definitely a high point.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
If you live in the dorms, stay in Big Dorm. It's the nicest dorm on campus, and stay involved.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The teachers are caring, knowledgeable, and willing to help you when you need them. The school really concentrates in Math and Science with AP Calculus AB, BC, AP Statistics, AP Chemistry, AP Physics B. They also hold science fair, cardboard boat race projects which might be interesting to science students. The school has class from normal class to CP (College prep.) to CPA (College prep. advanced) to AP. If you take AP classes, it might seem to be overwhelming but very manageable. Overall, the workload is not hard at all, but if you're lazy and never study, you won't do that good.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
There are a lot of sports offered; they're not mandatory but highly encouraged. Football is very good. Eastern Maine Championship last year and State Championship couple years ago. Two years ago, the soccer team was really bad but they significantly improved last year when I graduated. Wrestling, and Girls field hockey are also very good and they achieved a lot of recognition for it. The facilities are somewhat good although it's getting old.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The school has various programs throughout the year. They hold orchestra, musical play, and gallery display, all by students. The quality is not super excellent but it's really good for a small town like Dover-Foxcroft. It enriches townie's life and plays an important role to it.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
If you check out the website, there are numerous of clubs that are offered at Foxcroft Academy. Something unique might be Kungfu Club, Asian Culture Club, Science Fair, International Club. However, some clubs don't operate and stay involved that well. Overall, it's enough for you to have something to stay involved.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
There are three dorms: Big Dorm, White Dorm (Honor) and Blue Dorm. While Big Dorm and White Dorm are very close to the school, Blue Dorm on the other hand is kind of far away - 30 minutes walk (but they have school bus for you). Big Dorm and White Dorm were newly constructed couple years ago and full of amenities. Blue Dorm, might be a little bit older but it has family feel to it. The room might be a little small, but not that bad considering it has everything you need. However, they don't have mini-fridge in the room, you need to store them in the community fridge which may leads to food stealing. Dorm rules are pretty strict. Curfew hours at 10 on weekdays, 11 on weekends. Boys are not permitted to enter girl's wing and vice versa. Also, study hours are from 8-10 o' clock when you have to be in your room and study.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
You can have breakfast after the first class of the day, 3 lunch hours (A, B, C) and dinner for boarding students. There variations in quality about the food. Breakfast and dinner are overall good, but lunch is not so much. Fried food everyday, with some salad, and lunch meals. However, if you're not a boarding student, thus don't pay for food as a whole, lunch might by pricey.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Town life is pretty much boring. You don't have much to do in a tiny town of 4000 people beside a movie/play theater. However, the school does plan weekend trips and activities for boarding students to enjoy but not so many day students attend those activities. It feels like it's exclusive for boarding students
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The school, and student council organize many dance events: Winter Carnival, prom, Halloween party, etc. There's nothing to complain about this. Everyone enjoys it
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