Hyde School - Bath, ME - Review #1

Hyde School - Bath, ME
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About the Author:

College Enrolled Denison University
Home Town, State (Country) Ridgefield, CT, CT
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School Football, Wrestling, Lacrosse, performing arts, community service, dorm captain.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
I came to Hyde on the heels of my older brother, who had enrolled two years earlier. It was an interesting transition from public school, where passive obedience is rewarded, to Hyde where everyone is required to participate in all facets of the curriculum including performing arts, athletics, and community service. The affect Hyde had on my life would last long beyond my years of matriculation, into my college years and into my professional career. I had never really participated in sports because I had always been overweight, but at Hyde I was given the chance to become an athlete, in fact only at Hyde can a bench warmer become a captain, and this set an attitude change in me that has lasted well into my adult years. I know that the most important thing in life is honesty, willingness, and never giving up. These are the three elements that I integrate into all aspects of my life. After Denison I pursued a career in golf and am currently the Head Golf Professional at the Golden Bear in Hilton Head, SC. Most recently, I qualified for National’s as an Olympic Distance triathlete.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Friends, teachers, athletics, and an overwhelming sense of accomplishment.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Choose a school that looks at your life goals, not just your academic. That will bet on your best in times of need and will push you to your best.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The life tools that it gave me.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
The new turf field they are building in Bath is supposed to be pretty impressive. Hyde is very unique, don't be afraid to ask them some tough questions!

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Hyde has the unique ability to challenge even the brightest students. Hyde gives both an effort and achievement grade, which allows students to experience success on both levels. My teachers were more than willing to push me into pursuing my best in the classroom.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
CHIEF DOGS! Although the Hyde lacrosse team is officially the Phoenix, our unofficial name will always be the Chief Dogs! We won the New England championship my junior year and I became an All-American the next. Great memories.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Each student is required to participate in Performing Arts which includes singing, dancing, music production, lighting and sound, and choreography.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I was involved with Big Brother/Big Sister and the Red Cross. Hyde allowed me to develop a deep appreciation and sense of civic responsibility.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
One of my favorite aspects about Hyde - in fact after college I lived with three former dorm mates in Atlanta, GA.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
John Braun is the best - especially breakfast.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Bath is very blue-collar, but the campus is beautiful.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Not your typical high school - I felt very close to many people because of how small the school is.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
1:00 AMBreakfast
1:00 AMClasses
1:00 AMLunch
1:00 AMClasses
1:00 AMAthletics
1:00 AMDinner
1:00 AMStudy Hall
1:00 AMFree Time
1:00 AMIn dorms
Weekend
1:00 AMClass or athletics

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