Peddie School - Review #1

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Peddie School
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About the Author:

College EnrolledBrown University
Home Town, State Monroe Twp, NJ
Years Attended Boarding School4
Activities During Boarding SchoolSchool Newspaper (the Peddie News won a gold rating in the Columbia Scholastic Press Newspaper critique) - 4 years - I was a writer, editor, and in 12th grade, I was the senior editor in charge of all the new writers Community Prefect - Senior year Math Club and Mu Alpha Theta (national math honors society) - 4 years - I was the Treasurer and Secretary my senior year Gold Key Society Tour Guide Community Service Day Orientation leader - Junior and Senior years Lacrosse - 2 years on Varsity, 2 years on JV Tennis - 1 year on Varsity, 1 on JV

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
For the past six years, Peddie has had a laptop program. Every student and teacher is given a laptop by the school for academic and personal use. Since this program has been around for awhile, teachers have had a lot of time to explore new ways to use technology both in and out of the classroom. Another thing that makes Peddie unique compared to other boarding schools is the amount of available financial aid. Ever since Ambassador Annenberg gave a gift of $100 million dollars in 1993, the school has been able to admit students from all types of backgrounds. The result is a diverse student body with an equal amount of opportunity for any student to succeed.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The best thing that has happened to me in boarding school was the relationships I formed. I found many good friends and felt close with many members of my class, even if they were not my best friends. I also had some amazing teachers who I also connected well with outside of class and with whom I still keep in touch with. Personally, I think I have become much more independent and willing to take risks. I have seen why it is important to work hard, but I am also not intimidated by professors or afraid to ask for help. I feel comfortable in a leadership position and I am able to enter into a new situation with confidence.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I cannot think of anything that I would like to change about my experience. I challenged myself, enjoyed my time at Peddie, and can look back at my four years with fond memories.
4.) What would you never want to change about your school?
The type of people that are members of the Peddie community. From the administration, to the faculty, staff, and students, the people at Peddie are generally good, hard-working people that do not take things for granted and are available to anyone who has a problem or needs advice.
5.) What things could be improved about your school?
Besides the science center needing to be renovated, which is scheduled to happen next year, there is nothing I can think of that needs improving.
6.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
While at Peddie, never close off your options. Do not only find one group of friends and stick with them - you should always try to meet new people and start new relationships. Also, do not be afraid to take a class or join a club or team even if you have never tried anything like that before. Most of all, get to know your teachers, become involved, and enjoy your time at Peddie. Take it from a recent graduate, your time as a member of this community goes by much too quickly!

Academics:

1.) What did you like best about your school’s academics?
Peddie's academics challenged me in every way possible and I had to work harder in school than I had ever worked before. However, I felt like my teachers were putting in almost the same amount of effort into their classes as I was putting into mine, and that was a big part of where my inspiration to work so hard came from. The student-teacher relationships that develop at Peddie are most definitely the best part of the academic program. I know almost every teacher, even those who I did not take a class with, and the Peddie faculty really do care about the students - there were always many people I could turn to for advice or extra help. The respect that the teachers and students have for each other is extraordinary and is a defining aspect of the school. The nature of the curriculum is another favorable aspect of the school's academics. I liked how Peddie students are encouraged to explore all different fields of study, but are also given opportunities to go much deeper into areas that interest them. Each of my classes was unique and aside from the material covered, I took away different ideas and personal lessons from each of them.
2.) What did you like least about the academics in your school?
While I was at Peddie, I was not extremely pleased with the science department. Now, I feel like I gained a very strong base in the sciences and I am currently an engineering major, so it is not by any means a terrible program. The issues were minor and Peddie is currently making many changes to improve this area.

Athletics:

1.) What did you like best about your school’s athletics?
I liked how Peddie did not have a typical boring gym class. We operate on a trimester system, so each term you have a choice of playing a team sport or taking a specialized physical activity, such as dance, weight-lifting, or kick-boxing. This keeps students in shape and interested in physical activity, and helps out the teams and encourages school spirit. Peddie has a wide diversity of sports available, the facilities are top-of-the-line, and the coaches are both knowledgeable and caring individuals.
2.) What did you like least about the athletics in your school?
I really do not have any complaints about the school's athletics.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) What did you like best about your school’s art program?
At Peddie, there are many opportunities to get involved in the arts. Freshman year, everyone is required to take a series of introductory classes to theatre, music theory, and visual arts, and then students have to choose from a variety of art classes to take spring term of the first year. After that, students must take at least two other art classes before graduating, but many people go beyond this requirement. A few of the classes offered include actor's labs, studio arts, photography, digital graphics, chorus, orchestra, and music theory, along with many others. The art teachers are sensitive to the needs of students and are constantly developing new courses. Outside of the classroom, people can get involved with the drama productions, the various singing and instrumental groups, and even take visual art classes as an extra-curricular activity.
2.) What did you like least about your school’s art program?
In my four years, I can honestly say that I cannot remember any real complaints about the arts program.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) What did you like most about the extracurricular activities offered at your school?
For a small school like Peddie, there is quite a diverse group of extra-curricular opportunities. Almost all students are involved in at least one activity, if not more. Also, if a student is not interested in any of the clubs being offered, it is extremely easy to start a new one. Every club and organization is required to have a faculty advisor and it is not difficult to find a faculty member to help out with a new group. Even though the faculty do lend some guidance, the majority of the responsibility that goes along with the club lies on the students. Also, unless a group is doing something that is completely inappropriate, there are few limits to what can be done. For example, the school newspaper is not censored by the administration and besides the paper's advisor, no other adult sees each issue until it comes back from the printer. This system gives the students a lot of freedom while making them independent thinkers. The students know they have to wisely use the trust that is put in them and take responsibility for their options.
2.) What did you like least about the extracurricular activities offered at your school?
The only qualm I have with the extracurricular activities is with the community service program. Although students are required to perform a certain number of hours of community service before graduating, the participation in that area is lacking and I would like to see some more students become more actively involved with community service.

Dorm Life:

1.) What was the best thing about dorm life in your school?
I was a day student, but from my experience with the dorms, the best thing about boarding is the quality of the dorms - they all are new or were recently renovated. The rooms, mostly doubles with a few singles, are a good size and the common areas are kept very clean. Another important aspect of dorm life is that there are at least two faculty members living in apartments that are part of the dorms. These teachers and administrators are always available and often run special events for the dorm residents.
2.) What did you like least about dorm life?
Since I did not live in the dorms, I do not think I can answer this question.

Dining:

1.) What was the best thing about your dining arrangements?
In my opinion, the Peddie food service did a good job of offering a nice variety of good food for every meal. I don't know how other schools work, but at Peddie, a the meal plan is automatically included in tuition, so students have an unlimited amount of all-you-can-eat meals. The cafeteria had decent hours and if, for some reason, a sports team could not make it to dinner on time, there would be arrangements made for those people to have late seating. Another nice thing about the dining hall is that it is big enough to accomidate the whole community at once, so there is only one lunch period every day and no classes are held during that hour. There is also a popular snack bar on campus where students can use cash or money from their debit card to buy food at times when the dining hall is closed.
2.) What did you like least about your dining arrangements?
A big complaint with students was that the administration took out all of the soda machines from the dining hall to help students have healthier diets.

Social and Town Life:

1.) How welcome did you feel by the other students when you first arrived at the school
I did feel welcome when I first arrived at school. All students go through a two-day orientation led by upperclassmen who were chosen for their fun, outgoing, and caring nature. Boarding students had extra support from dorm prefects who really reached out to new students and made sure that no one was left behind.
2.) Describe the level of diversity and integration of students in your school:
Because of our nice financial aid budget, Peddie is able to admit many diverse students. Once at school, students were well integrated in the classroom, dorms, in activities, and in their friendships.
3.) Describe typical fun activities you did on a weekend:
Every weekend offers different activities. Some of the most popular are sporting events, a bus that goes to the mall or the movies, the talent show, the Mr. Peddie competition, visiting musicians, a hypnotist, and many others.
4.) What was the town like?
Highstown, New Jersey is a small town, but it does have a lot to offer. Directly outside the campus gates there are a few pizzerias, a Chinese restaurant, a bagel store, a deli, a few convenient stores, a sit-down restaurant, the popular Highstown Diner, and a new cafe along with a few small shops and hair salons. Also, within walking distance, there is a strip mall with a movie theater, a supermarket, and a TGI Fridays. Beyond that, it is easy for students to find a ride to numerous other stores, restaurants, and bowling alleys in the surrounding area.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
7:00 AMWake up and breakfast
8:00 AMAP Chemistry
8:45 AMPhysics
10:00 AMFree Period - this is a free period for everyone so some clubs meet during this time
11:00 AMEnglish 12
11:45 AMLunch
12:45 AMFree Period
1:30 PMThe history of Modern Africa
2:15 PMAP Calculus
3:15 PMConference period - if you need to meet with a teacher or advisor
3:45 PMLacrosse practice
6:00 PMDinner
7:00 PMFree time - hang out around campus or start on some homework or club meeting
8:00 PMStudy hall
10:00 PMWork on homework, or if it is a easy night, hang out with friends
11:30 PMFinish homework and go to bed
Weekend
9:30 AMWake up and hang out - sometimes there are Sunday morning bike rides open to everyone
10:30 AMBrunch
12:00 AMHomework
4:00 PMTake a homework break and talk to friends or watch tv or work out
5:00 PMDinner
6:00 PMFinish up homework and studying
11:00 PMRelax and get ready for bed
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