Hebron Academy - Review #1

Hebron Academy
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled Carnegie Mellon University
Home Town, State (Country) Raymond, ME
Years Attended Boarding School 5
Activities During Boarding School Third String Soccer (so much fun, I was 'captain' my Senior year) Outdoor Education School Musical (I controlled the lights my Junior year) Student Directed One Act Plays (I tried this my Senior year) Student Proctor (Senior Year) Class Office (Treasurer 9th and 10th. President 11th and 12th.) Green Key Track (I tried this 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. Enjoyed it!)

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Hebron is my home and the home of hundreds of my peers. It is a tightly knit community filled with a highly engaging and focused energy. It is the kind of place where young people grow, and learn how to be themselves. My classes at Hebron Academy did more than teach me the immediate subject at hand. Through anecdotes and the personal stories of classmates and teachers, my classes gave me a broader awareness of how the world works. I could see the forest beyond individual trees which obstruct a person's wider vision. Hebron is a special place, a place like no other. "Learning" becomes "Living". It is also a place where people can try things without fear of scrutiny. I tried soccer and despite my ineptitude I had the time of my life. The athlete can learn how to paint, the poet can learn how to play, and the photographer can learn how to act. Roles switch, entangle, disappear and the typical conventions of the high school experience are broken.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Thanks to Hebron I have the confidence to tackle any task. I have the feeling that I can try to do anything and if a person is to be at all successful in life that's what they've got to do.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
My advice: don't be afraid. Introduce yourself to other people and don't hide behind a facade. Be who you really are and you will go far.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I'm not sure. There is so much. Hebron becomes Home and that's why I love it.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Please, stop my John King's office. Mr. King is Hebron's headmaster and he loves a visitor. He knows the name of every student at the school and at least tries to know their families. Talk to people, from the admissions office, to the studies office, to the college counseling office, to the athletic directors office. I guarantee you will find that these are loving, interested, and intelligent people. Thank you for thinking about Hebron, it is my home and I invite you to make it yours too.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The interaction. Lessons became conversations about the ideas behind the facts. Teachers took the Q&A Socratic method to a highly engaging level. The teachers applied the pressure necessary to show us what we were truly capable of.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Very well established and also well diversified. The mandatory afternoon activity requirement got the entire school engaged and interested. Competitive yet inclusive. Coaches truly loved their teams and the sports. A+ athletic center and fields.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Again: well established and diversified. A student of the arts at Hebron has all the tools they need to explore truly innovative and creative ideas. The school may have great athletics and academics, but it also has one of the most inclusive and committed arts programs there is. The opportunities available to arts students at Hebron are limitless and more art classrooms and performing space are being created.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
The day does not end with the final class in Hebron. Beyond the athletic and artistic activities there are the various clubs present in our school including Green Key, Gay Straight Alliance, and the Yearbook Committee. Clubs can be established by anyone with a vision. My Junior year saw the creation (or recreation) of the Hebronian student newspaper; the brainchild of interested students.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
As a proctor in Atwood Dorm I became part of a family. Living in Hebron's dorms is just like living at home, only with different (and more) people. It is a diverse and welcoming atmosphere. Often our dorm participated in dorm-specific activities such as a trip tubing, pingpong, birthday cake, and more.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Sage Dining Service provides Hebron's faculty and students with many options at the three meals it serves. There is always a selection of entrees, deserts, soups, salads, sandwiches, and drinks. The best part of Hebron's dining room is that students eat side by side with their teachers and advisors. I have had meals over my 6 years at Hebron with almost every member of the faculty and staff.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The town of Hebron, Maine is revolved around the school Hebron Academy. It is a small town nestled in the Oxford Hills region west of Auburn, Maine. The school is literally the center of town, owning the building that houses the post office and being two doors down from the town hall and the fire department. Hebron is also convenient to Portland, Maine's largest city and about 3 hours from Boston.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Very much a loving community, like a family. As I said before anybody could try anything but better than that they could also be who they wanted to be.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
7:45 AMMorning Meeting
8:00 AMWorld Religions
9:00 AMSpanish III
10:00 AMFree Time: get books for next classes, catch up on studies
10:45 AMEnglish IV Honors
11:45 AMEnvironmental Studies
12:30 AMLunch
1:00 PMAP Calculus AB
2:00 PMFree Time: start homework, catch up on studies, get ready for afternoon activity
3:00 PMClasses end, Activity starts at 3:30
Weekend
8:30 AMAP Calculus AB
9:15 AMFree Time: get books for next classes, catch up on studies
10:00 AMWorld Religions
10:45 AMSpanish III
11:30 AMEnglish IV Honors
12:15 AMLunch

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Hebron Academy Alumni #1
    Class of 2009
    5 Stars   7/27/2009
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Hebron is my home and the home of hundreds of my peers. It is a tightly knit community filled with a highly engaging and focused energy. It is the kind of place where. . .
  • Hebron Academy Alumni #2
    Class of 2008
    5 Stars   1/29/2015
    Trinity College
    I loved everything about my time at Hebron. It was truly a community, without the cliques I had come to expect at public school - sure, people had their groups of friends, but no one. . .
  • Hebron Academy Alumni #3
    Class of 2007
    5 Stars   7/27/2009
    Eckerd College
    Hebron Academy is a small day and boarding school in rural Hebron, Maine about an hour outside of Portland. I began my Hebron career in 6th grade and continued on, graduating as a senior in. . .
  • Hebron Academy Alumni #4
    Class of 1999
    5 Stars   11/20/2017
    Bay State College
    Hebron Academy was my home for 2 years and completely changed me as a person! During my time at Hebron Academy I was able to find myself, improve my academics tremendously going from an average. . .
  • Hebron Academy Alumni #5
    Class of 1980
    5 Stars   11/20/2017
    Tuft University
    The education I was fortunate to receive in my four years at Hebron Academy (Hebron, ME) made all the difference in what I have been able to do since. My teachers were more than exceptional. . .
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