Hyde School - Bath, ME - Review #3

Hyde School - Bath, ME
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About the Author:

College Enrolled Gettysburg College
Home Town, State (Country) Arlington, MA, MA
Years Attended Boarding School 3
Activities During Boarding School Soccer, Wrestling, Lacrosse, Crew, musical productions, dorm leadership, student leadership and many other things. I was a team captain for wrestling, soccer and crew, lead the school to its first Class A championship in wrestling, and our first state title in Soccer.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Hyde School is not just a school. It is a life changing experience. It is a family of dedicated people who give more than you can ever imagine or comprehend when you're there as a student. Hyde is a place that changes lives and families, not just a Board School that got me in to a great college. I rely on things I learned and experienced at Hyde in my personal life, my family life, my marriage and in business. I can't say enough about the positive role it has played in helping me develop into the person that I am and giving me the skills and tools to become the person that I want to be.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
There are too many to summarize in one paragraph. Hyde changed my life in so many positive ways. The one thing that I constantly think of is how prepared I felt when I graduated and went to college. I was very confident that, because of Hyde, no matter what life throws at me I can handle it. I feel like I owe my character, my strength as a person, my ability to set a goal and work towards it, my work ethic, my ability to get back up after being knocked down....I owe a lot of things to Hyde School.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Sure, one piece of advice: Hyde is a hard place. It is not easy for students of families. If you are looking at the school you should realize that you will need to work hard at academics, athletics, jobs, etc. Hyde is not the kind of place you go to "just get by" and float under the radar. Hyde is challenging, but hopefully prospective students and families understand that the most important things in life, the things that forge our character and define us as people....usually these are the hard things that teach us about who we are and what we can be. The advice I'd give to people considering Hyde is that you will get out of it what you put into it.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The teachers, the support, the network of alumni, the quality of my classes, and how much it prepared me for my life ahead.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Final words of wisdom? You won't find any other school like Hyde. If you're fortunate enough to go there, it will change your life and the life of your family.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The academics at Hyde were incredibly challenging and rigorous. I think what I enjoyed most was their approach to teaching: not just reading and repeating information back on a multiple-choice test, but testing true knowledge. For my senior year in Calculus based Physics, I built a telescope for my thesis/project. For my English class I had to film a movie utilizing themes we learned from reading Shakespeare. Of course there was the more standard studying and tests as well, but this hands-on learning was very unique and a great experience.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Athletics at Hyde is something so special. There is a spirit at Hyde that is supportive and brings out the best even from the worst athletes. We would constantly be told by opposing teams, students, coaches, parents "wow, Hyde is a class act" or "why don't we see our entire school come out to watch a match?". Hyde Athletics is known as an example of competitive programs and athletes, but also the model for what High School sports really are all about: character development.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Loved the fact that every student had to participate in Performing Arts, it was a real challenge for many kids but it is a great way to unify the student body and a fun experience.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Helped in big-brother/big-sister programs, community service, cleaning streets and parks around town, and helped a local elementary school with their kids once a week.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
At Hyde, student leaders run the dorms: lights out, wake ups, dorm inspections, activities and special events...it was all run by student leaders. I also liked that every dorm had several faculty members/families who would take care of us kids like family.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
I most enjoyed the head chef(s) - Mr. and Mrs. Braun - and the atmosphere of the dining hall. I also liked that students had jobs in the kitchen. The food was good, not great, but that was 15 years ago. I've been back since and now it is FANTASTIC!

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Bath is a great town. Hyde was one of the few schools that I looked at with an "open campus" for it's students to freely walk into town for coffee on the weekends, going out to dinner, etc. Bath is a cute town with a fascinating history.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The closeness of the friendships I developed there.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
6:30 AMwake up
10:00 PMsleep
Weekend
10:00 AMsports

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