Westtown School - Review #30
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2003-2007|
|Sports and Activities:||swimming, volleyball, poseidon club, a. v. club, bible discussion, tour guide association, conditioning swimming, senior play, swimming captain for 2 years, tour guide head, poseidon officer.|
|College Enrolled:||University of Pittsburgh|
|Home Town, State:||West Grove, PA|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
One of the wonderful things about Westtown is its community. As a student at Westtown for four years, I can truly say that it has become my second home. All of the students and the faculty are one large family. From community dinner to weekends outside, Westtown is truly focused on the growth of all of its students as both individuals and as a whole. One of the remarkable things about Westtown is that the majority of its students remain on campus during the weekends; even the students who live in locally stay on campus because of how much fun it is to be there. Weekend activities such as making cookies or going to a teachers apartment to watch a pro football games help the students get to know each other better and aid in the growth of the community.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Westtown changed me. When I entered as a freshman, I was confused about myself and the decisions I would need to make about college and my future. I left with a feeling of independence, with a love of life, and with irreplaceable friendships and experiences.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would do nothing different. I would tell incoming students to be prepared for the most exciting and best experiences that I have ever had. Westtown is my most favorite place in the entire world.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I love everything about Westtown but most of all, its community. Everyone looked out for each other and supported each other in a way which I have not seen demonstrated anywhere else.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Study with peers, get involved in extracurricular activities and remember that you will never be in the same place twice. Take every moment and enjoy it. Stay on campus for the weekends and meet everyone and learn about their diverse experiences.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Academics at Westtown are truly unusual. The classrooms are set up in a circle to emphasize group discussion. One of the important principles of Westtown academics is that the students are learning from each other and not just from the professor. There is additionally a large opportunity for students to take the classes which interest them most in all subjects including math and science. By allowing students this freedom, it helps to encourage students to become interested and excited in their work.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The best facet of the athletic program is that is is 100% inclusive. Every student is required to take part in the program therefore it is a great opportunity to meet students of different ages and see peers in a different setting. While the sports are competitive, the school is absolutely focused upon academics. For the students who are less competitive, there are also opportunities to become involved in a more intramural environment where skill work is the primary goal. The coaching staff is deep and strong and the brand new facilities make a wonderful environment. State of the art weight facilities and gyms make it possible for athletes to reach their highest potential.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The arts program at Westtown is extremely strong and includes faculty which are very knowledgeable in their respective fields. The arts program is very diverse, offering sculpture, studio arts, painting, drawing, screen printing, print making, and much more. Their are 5 school productions every year and many different ways to be a involved in them whether it be through the cast, the a.v. club, scenic art design, directing, the pit, or stage crew. In addition, there are many musical art showcases for the orchestra, jazz band, select orchestra, and wind ensemble. Art is a requirement for all students at Westtown but there are so many ways to become involved that everyone can find something which they are interested in.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
A recent study showed that Westtown has the highest amount of extra-curricular opportunities out of any private school in the Philadelphia region. In addition, if there isn't an extra-curricular activity that someone wants to participate in, they are encouraged to start their own organization with the help of their peers.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life is fantastic. The faculty are like second parents and the atmosphere is light and family oriented. The selection process is a lottery system and returning students are allowed to choose their roommates. All rooms are for two people and their are kitchens on every floor.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
There is one dining hall on campus located in the main building. There are myriads of dining options for vegans and vegetarians and the staff is extremely accommodating. Breakfast is a buffet style while lunch and dinner are family style with eight people at each table. There is also a program called work program where all students at one time will help with serving a meal, washing dishes, etc.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The campus is in a wonderful location-close to Philadelphia and West Chester-and therefore offers wonderful opportunities to be involved in activities and to go out with other students and faculty on the weekends, etc.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Westtown is ultimately a family. When I attended, I knew every student and every faculty. Never have I been in a place as inclusive and welcoming as Westtown.
|10:30 AM||class/lunch time at one of two times|
|7:30 PM||manditory study hall|
|9:30 PM||free time|
|10:30 AM||on dorm for the night and students in their respective rooms|
|12:00 AM||lunch time|
|1:00 PM||time with friends|
|6:00 PM||dinner time|
|7:00 PM||watch a movie or go outside with friends|
|11:00 AM||on dorm time|
|1:00 AM||lights out for the night|
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