Brooks School - Review #1

Brooks School

About the Author:

College Enrolled Amherst College
Home Town, State (Country) Seoul, Korea, South Korea
Years Attended Boarding School 3
Activities During Boarding School The school required you to participate in 2 sports teams in freshmen and sophomore years, and 1 in junior and senior years. During my sophomore year, I was on the Cross Country team in the fall, and squash in the winter. During the spring, I participated in community service and mostly tutored local children and students. During my Junior year, I was in Fall club (a fitness club in which you mostly prepare for your next season.) I was on the Squash team for winter and Crew for spring. In senior year, I was on the Fall club, Squash team, and Spring club. I was in String Orchestra and Glee club (a choral club). I was also in Chamber Orchestra in Phillips Andover Academy. P.A. is a lot bigger school than we are and they had a better orchestra. I also participated as a peer tutor and was in the International club.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
I was an international student at Brooks School for 3 years. Brooks School was very unique in two ways. The first is that the school size was very small and most of the faculty lived on campus, which allowed for an amazing amount of attention for the students. The student body size was about 350, and the faculty size was about 70. The faculty definitely devoted all their time to the students. They not only knew all the students' names but also their strengths and weaknesses. Of course, the advising system was excellent as well since the faculty could devote all their time to every single student. My advisor was my best friend by the end of third year. Also, it was more than just a school. The school formed a great community. We had chapels, sit down dinners, and school meetings that tied the members of the school together. The students learned "properness", independence, and responsibility as well as received a great education. The education was excellent because the faculty really cared about every single student. Students could get any help they possibly needed-- we had peer tutors, writing tutors, quantitative tutors, a writing center, and so on. Another great aspect of Brooks school is that the environment of the school is just perfect for a boarding school. It's surrounded by a New England signature forest, beautiful fields, and a big lake called "Great Pond". It's just very beautiful. And this environment doesn't end with the scenery. It is great for sports. You can try any sports (Crew, Squash, Lacrosse, etc.) that you might want with great coaches in this perfect environment. And, we are excellent in almost all the sports. We are always on top of New England leagues. If you like the competition, you will feel the thrill of the winner.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I was on my own as a person from a home thousands miles away. I learned how to be responsible and independent on top of all the knowledge I gained. I also learned how to interact with all different kinds of people. This is definitely a plus in college.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I have to admit that I stayed in a comfort circle of friends. I stayed with other international students and asian students. If I were to go back, I would like to explore all kinds of people.
4.) What would you never want to change about your school?
The size of school is optimum. I loved the closeness, attention, and the tradition.
5.) What things could be improved about your school?
It might be little too strict. I think the school can use little more flexibility. Plus, we had classes on Saturdays. I think that could definitely change.
6.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
You need to go down to the Boat house down the lake if you visit. It's not only beautiful but also the boat house is breathing the tradition of our Crew team.
7.) How was your experience as an international student?
We don't offer ESL, but there was plenty of support. If you need it, you can get help with anything. Telephone or computer access was not a problem since every dorm room has a phone and computer access.


1.) What did you like best about your school’s academics?
The school is small so I could create my own class as an independent study. I finish BC calculus in junior year. Afterwards, I studied "Multivariable Calculus" with a teacher who graduated from Oxford (who is a math teacher in Brooks School.) The classes are small and easy to follow. The teachers would not let you fall behind or just get lost. If you are in trouble, they come and get you out of trouble.
2.) What did you like least about the academics in your school?
We could have had more AP classes. Since the school is small, we didn't have as many AP classes as P.A's. But I got enough out of the school with independent studies and such.


1.) What did you like best about your school’s athletics?
We were competitive. And, the facility was great. Since I graduated, the facility only got better with our new gym. Plus, the coaches are very dedicated. We all want to win. And, the team spirit never dies.
2.) What did you like least about the athletics in your school?
Sometimes, sports took over the academics. The school put a lot of emphasis on sports.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) What did you like best about your school’s art program?
We have a great theatre. The school plays were always fascinating. As I mentioned above, you can create all the independent studies you want to excel more in these areas. The school required you to take at least a semester of each (visual arts, music, and theatre) so that you learn a little of everything and are well arounded. Our ceramics and photo classes are awesome.
2.) What did you like least about your school’s art program?
I felt like the music department was weaker than art and theatre.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) What did you like most about the extracurricular activities offered at your school?
The community service system is awesome. You get to do really anything you wanted. The same goes with student organizations. If you had a good idea and really wanted to do it, you could create any organization plus you could make any event.
2.) What did you like least about the extracurricular activities offered at your school?
I wish they made more off-campus extracurriculars. The campus is gorgeous but it's small, and it is kind of in the middle of nowhere. Getting out of the campus sometimes was essential.

Dorm Life:

1.) What was the best thing about dorm life in your school?
Dorm was close to the school. Dorm parents were teachers that you can just ask questions about your school work. Plus, you make the best friends with your dorm-mates.
2.) What did you like least about dorm life?
The dorm life was pretty strict. For freshmen and sophomores, there was a lights-out at 10:30pm. And you were not allowed to go out after 11pm. You had to come back to the dorm by 11 or so at night on Saturday. You were not supposed to bring boys to your room without a special permission from the dorm parents.


1.) What was the best thing about your dining arrangements?
The food was very decent. We had fresh fruit salad for every breakfast as well as great muffins. I still miss the muffins. I have never had better muffins than Brooks School's. For lunch and dinner, they always had great salad bar, stir fry, and pasta on top of any main menu that you could pick whatever you want. For sitdown dinners (twice a week), they had chicken, lamb, skewers, and so on. (All the delicious stuff)
2.) What did you like least about your dining arrangements?
All the cafeteria food gets repetitive. And, it was the same for Brooks.

Social and Town Life:

1.) How welcome did you feel by the other students when you first arrived at the school
The school is extremely delighted to have you. And, the students are very welcome. I was an international student who didn't speak much english but I still felt welcomed.
2.) Describe the level of diversity and integration of students in your school:
Even though the school is small, there are students from more than 15 countries and 20-something states with a good amount of hispanics, blacks, and asians.
3.) Describe typical fun activities you did on a weekend:
I usually went to a movie and dinner. About once a month we went to Boston.
4.) What was the town like?
The town is pretty far away. This means that you have to take a cab into the movie theatres or restaurants. The cab used to be 2 dollars one way for each student if you go as a group (bigger than 3 or so).

Daily Schedule:

7:00 AMWake up and eat breakfast
8:00 AMBC calculus
9:00 AMAP physics
10:00 AMSchool meeting
11:00 AMEnglish
12:00 AMLunch
1:00 PMLatin
2:00 PMGlee Club
3:30 PMCrew practice
6:00 PMShower and get ready
6:30 PMSitdown dinner
7:15 PMLittle free time
8:00 PMStudy hour
11:00 PMGet ready for bed and call home and such
11:30 PMSleep
12:00 AMWake up and brunch
2:00 PMGo catch a movie
5:00 PMSunday Chapel
6:00 PMDinner
8:00 PMStudy Hour
10:30 PMGet ready for bed
11:00 PMSleep

Alumni Reviews
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  • Brooks School Alumni #1
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   8/4/2017
    Bates College
    Be prepared for a 6-day class week at Brooks. While Saturday classes are a requirement, schedules even out with a half day schedule on Wednesdays. . .
  • Brooks School Alumni #2
    Class of 2015
    5 Stars   8/19/2017
    Boston College
    The community at Brooks, including teachers, staff and students, all share an extremely tight-knit bond that I've never experienced at any other institution. Teachers care about the students, and get to know them extremely well. . .
  • Brooks School Alumni #3
    Class of 2010
    5 Stars   6/16/2017
    Lake Forest College
    One quality of Brooks that I am not sure is unique but will always stick out in my mind is the quality of the college counseling office. I do not believe I would have had. . .
  • Brooks School Alumni #4
    Class of 2010
    5 Stars   6/12/2017
    University of San Diego
    70/30 Boarding:Day student ratio gives the campus a unique feel. The school never feels "empty" and day students really feels a sense of community despite not living on campus. The dress code has relaxed since. . .
  • Brooks School Alumni #5
    Class of 2006
    5 Stars   2/12/2008
    Lehigh University
    The student/teacher bond is unparalleled. Years after graduation I return to see my adviser, dorm parents and teachers and it's as if I never left. The small student body enables the students to participate. . .
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