Hyde School - Bath, ME - Review #2
About the Author:
|College Enrolled||University of Mary Washington|
|Home Town, State (Country)||Fairfax, VA|
|Years Attended Boarding School||3|
|Activities During Boarding School||Soccer, basketball, track, performing arts, tour guide, dean's area|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Character and family development is like no other in the world.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
One of the great things the school does is when the basketball teams go to the state tournament, THE WHOLE SCHOOL ALSO GOES. They cancel classes (if needed) and everyone wears gold and blue and gets ready to cheer the teams on. That is a very fond memory. As for specific ways I've grown as a person, this is not just a side bar. I didn't just grow as a person - I became who I am because of Hyde. Hyde is my foundation. I am so grateful and fortunate to have been able to find this school. It has changed my life and my whole family. I love this school so much and would hate to think of where I would be without the school.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I wouldn't necessarily have done anything differently, but I would say to kids thinking about boarding school that if you are apprehensive it will all be OK and it is an awesome time. Boarding school is a completely different experience than an local day school. It is where you grow up and something you will (usually) treasure always. When you get to college you are so much more advanced than the others. You have already lived in dorms etc. and have a totally different view on life. Boarding school sets you apart and builds your foundation.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The character education is like no other. I am better for it, my family is better for it and for that I am forever grateful.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Just try your best and really try to challenge yourself, it is a tough school but so worth it in the end. Be sure to checkout Freeport for some great shopping!
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The classes are usually interactive. I also like the flexibility of the program. One year I wanted to start a new class, so, I found a teacher who would teach the class and we had a few other students take the class as well. We started a Women's Studies class. Hyde usually listens to your needs and ambition and tries its best to accommodate. After I left they added many more AP classes and have made some great adjustments - including their brand new academic wing which is beautiful and technologically advanced.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Everyone participates in sports; this is part of the character development. You have to really challenge yourself in all aspects of life in order to find out where you most excel, where you need more work and what your reaction to both of these will be. Are you a quitter or do you embrace something you might not be the best in? While everyone participates, Hyde also has had some great athletes and teams come out of the program. It is pretty amazing to see how character translates into a team setting. I've seen some pretty unbelievable things accomplished in the sports arena at Hyde (State Championships, New England Champs and other triumphs) - and it wasn't necessarily because a person or a team was the most amazing at the sport. Many people go on to play D 1, 2, or 3 sports in college. The foundation that the athletics program gives you is wonderful and helps you get through those tough times in the future.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Again, everyone participates in what Hyde calls Performing Arts (PA). At the end of the year the whole school performs for their parents during parent's weekend and they perform again for family and friends at graduation. There are many opportunities such as working with famous alumni and parents who come back to help the students and open their eyes to a whole new world. There have been trips to Nashville and other great times where the students were able to work with some of the greatest in the industry. There have also been national tours of PA shows. EVERYONE does an "audition" which is defined as singing a song in front of part of the community. Parents and faculty are included in this. It is a real inspiration to see others trying their best and challenging themselves. I was so proud to see both of my parents give it their best effort.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
It's amazing. Hyde is very into giving back to the community. I literally can't even name all the different events we did there. Blood drives, Big Brothers Big Sisters, we mulched a bunch of trees at the library once, picked up trash around town and so on. I personally worked at a part-time elderly care place and in the Pediatrics department of a hospital one year. I used to see C-sections and it was incredible - I'll never forget that.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life is really fun in general. Some of the dorms need to be updated but the school is aware of this and working on it. You become really close with your dorm and there is a lot of dorm pride amongst those on campus.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
AWESOME. I loved it. You know all the kitchen staff and they are so kind. They have lots of options and great vegetarian food! They are very flexible too and love trying new things :). There are definitely some great staples in the kitchen - chocolate chip pancakes etc.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
You can walk to different places when needed. The school also makes sure to have sign ups for great trips during the weekend - ski trips, movie trips, paintball etc. If you want to do something all you have to do is ask!
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The people you know and bond with at Hyde are like any other you will have the rest of your life. It is a profound place and experiencing that with others has no words.
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