Chatham Hall - Review #3

Chatham Hall
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled University of Richmond
Home Town, State (Country) Petersburg, VA
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School I was a member of many theater productions as well as Sextet, our schools a cappella singing group. I also played varsity basketball. Additionally I was Spanish Club President and Vice President of our Student Senate.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
I feel like our school's Honor Code is stronger than any other school I came across when I was researching schools to possibly attend. It makes for a more trusting and tight knit community. I was also really taken by the closeness of our faculty to students. Chatham Hall's small size makes for some really amazing opportunities to get focused attention.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Learning to manage my time was huge for me. I feel really prepared for college with the study skills and habits that I learned at Chatham Hall. And I've definitely opened up in regards to trying different things. Looking back I was probably a little too sheltered before I left home but now I feel much more confident for facing any challenges that life might have in store for me.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Don't be afraid to dive right in. Just let go and have a good time and try to be open to new experiences. Chatham Hall was the perfect place to try new things and take a few chances. Don't be afraid to fail - your friends and teachers will be there for you!
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I love the person that Chatham Hall has helped me become. I honestly can't imagine growing as much as I did without Chatham Hall.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
The comfy chairs in the library are great for curling up to read a good book, do a little studying or even take a catnap if the mood strikes you.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Chatham Hall's academics are very challenging and stimulating but not in a way that has become overwhelming or too much to bare. We are very encouraged to work together and explore on our own. I found this to be a perfect environment for learning. Chatham Hall's teachers are definitely passionate and there for us at all times. I honestly can't imagine other teachers being more committed than mine have been.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I played basketball all four years and tried cross country. I feel that what struck me most was our coaches attitude towards good sportsmanship. It is definitely the most important thing at Chatham Hall - even though many of our teams have gone on to win conference championships. In fact, the school has won the Best Over-all Sportsmanship for our conference several times.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I love the fact that Chatham Hall has so many opportunities to try different arts. I ended up being drawn to theater and had some really tremendous experiences there - but I have also tried out various visual arts and music classes.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Chatham Hall offers a really cool opportunity to spend your spring break working with a Habitat for Humanity project. I've done that twice and both times were amazing experiences. All-in-all, Chatham Hall is really committed to service. It isn't required but I think just about everyone ends up serving in one way or another.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I would say that room selection and roommate pairing is very fair. And truthfully, our dorm rooms are bigger than many college rooms I saw. Our houseparents are very cool - they really get that it's sometimes tough to be away from home and they are always willing to respond and deal with any issues quickly.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Our dining hall has great variety and there is always something for everyone. The staff is really first rate and friendly. I love when they have turkey, dressing and all the trimmings.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The town of Chatham is pretty small - a few shops and restaurants - so there really isn't much to do. But, truth be told, there is always so much going on on campus that it doesn't bother you to much.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The school does a good job planning a wide range of activities - anything from going shopping or to the movies to taking a day trip to Baltimore or a play in a regional theater.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
8:00 AMApplied Math
8:45 AMAP Spainish
9:30 AMstudy period
10:30 AMPhysics
11:15 AMAssembly
11:45 AMLunch
12:30 AMAP Human Geography
1:45 PM20th Century European Drama - English
2:30 PMItalian
3:30 PMChoir - Gym
Weekend
1:00 AMEvery Weekend varies

Alumni Reviews
  Review School

  • Review Description
  • Chatham Hall Alumni #1
    Class of 2014
    5 Stars   7/24/2014
    Yale University
    The most important facet of life at Chatham Hall is the strong sense of community. At atmosphere of care, trust, and kindness is the foundation upon which our school is built. This makes. . .
  • Chatham Hall Alumni #2
    Class of 2009
    5 Stars   6/22/2009
    Texas Christian University
    Chatham Hall's advisor program is something really unique that has been so helpful to me - one of the best parts about my experience here actually. Students select an advisor and the groups meet twice. . .
  • Chatham Hall Alumni #3
    Class of 2009
    5 Stars   6/22/2009
    University of Richmond
    I feel like our school's Honor Code is stronger than any other school I came across when I was researching schools to possibly attend. It makes for a more trusting and tight knit community. I was. . .
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