Tabor Academy - Review #1

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Tabor Academy

About the Author:

College EnrolledRollins College
Home Town, State Windham, NH
Years Attended Boarding School3
Activities During Boarding SchoolTennis (student assistant), Manager of Boys Varsity Basketball, fall theater productions

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Tabor Academy is truly the school by the sea. This beautiful campus directly on Sippican Harbor is something that you'll love waking up to every morning and viewing all day. This helps in making the classes and living on campus a bit more bearable. Also, the teachers are amazing! You really feel like family. Most of the teachers live on campus and are almost always available for both curricular and personal support.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I've been asked numerous times, if I could do it all over again would I do it any differently? My answer every time, without a doubt, is no way! My experience at Tabor wasn't always happy, but the things that I learned both in and out of class couldn't have been replaced. It shaped me into a concerned and responsible adult. I met some of my best and life long friends at Tabor.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have participated more in extracurricular activities and gotten more involved in the school activities. I applied late to school so I wasn't able to participate in the Tabor Boy, and as many horror stories I heard about it, I still missed those activities.
4.) What would you never want to change about your school?
It's location, the teachers, and any of the experiences that I had throughout my years. As much as I missed my family, I would have never grown into a strong young adult.
5.) What things could be improved about your school?
I can't think of anything that needs improvement. At least anything they haven't changed since I left.
6.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
To incoming students: Just hang in there, the experiences you have at Tabor are second to none, it's got great academics and sports teams. Having Tabor on your transcript really helps when looking at colleges. Take advantage of the teachers on campus, they are there to help you and are a great asset to your future. Good luck!! Visiting Students: Ask all the questions you can think of, it's the only way you'll know if Tabor is right for you.


1.) What did you like best about your school’s academics?
The best aspect of Tabor's academics is the teachers. They are there to help you in every way possible. All of the teachers will challenge you with the material, but they will assist you 24/7. There is also a great tutoring system if you have any difficulties. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you really need it.
2.) What did you like least about the academics in your school?
Tabor is a very competitive and academically-based school, so it will challenge you. The workload might overwhelm you a bit and you could get discouraged because you are surrounded by some very intelligent people.


1.) What did you like best about your school’s athletics?
Tabor has a very competitive line up of athletic teams, many are State, New England, National and World Champs. If you are interested in sports this is a great place to attend. Especially for sailing, crew, hockey, and basketball for boys and girls, and golf and lacrosse for boys. There is also a great performing arts center with a terrific staff of creative minds. All of the facilities are almost brand new and well maintained so you can't go wrong! It's a great place to grow and develop your skills! If you want to learn a new sport, the opportunity is there for you.
2.) What did you like least about the athletics in your school?
Tabor is very competitive so you might not get the placement on the teams that you want. A lot of work and time is devoted to your teams, so be prepared. The teachers that participate are also devoted and driven to win and you need that same mentality to succeed. It's also a requirement that you play a sport two of the three seasons.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) What did you like best about your school’s art program?
The art program at Tabor is great! There are opportunities to be in a theatrical production every season. If you aren't the musical type there are productions in the fall and spring that would suit you. If you are musically inclined then the winter production is for you! Every year there is a new opportunity to star in some of the world's best plays. Also the classes available for the visual arts are great. There is a great facility and the teachers enable you to grow and experience all areas of the arts. The music program is also great. You can join the choir or band and can take private classes. There are also practice rooms within the performing arts center so you can hone your skills.
2.) What did you like least about your school’s art program?
There are so many opportunities and choices that you might not be able to do everything you want in your 4 years at Tabor.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) What did you like most about the extracurricular activities offered at your school?
There are many opportunities for development and growth. I personally did not participate in any of these, but it looks great on your college application. If there is something that Tabor doesn't already have, you can always put it together yourself.
2.) What did you like least about the extracurricular activities offered at your school?
Sports, sports, and more sports. Did I mention sports?

Dorm Life:

1.) What was the best thing about dorm life in your school?
This may sound like a bad thing to many, but there is a study hall for a couple of hours every night. This is a great thing; it gives you quiet time to do your homework and study for upcoming tests. It's strict in your first years, but it gets a bit more relaxed in your junior and senior years. This is a great thing in preparing you to manage your time when it comes to college. In your free time, after study hall, the BB is where everyone goes to hang out. There's a good selection of munchies and it's nice to get out of the dorm for a bit before lights out. It's a mixed blessing when it comes to dorm parents, they can really help you out when it comes to academic questions. You can almost always get in touch with any of your teachers, this is a bonus! Living on campus is a great experience. Your classmates become your best friends and practically your siblings. Plus everyone is going through almost the same things as you and you'll really learn to open up to others.
2.) What did you like least about dorm life?
You are living with at least 10 of your classmates, this takes a little getting used to. This includes 2 upperclassmen, who are your proctors. They can be your best friend or your worst enemy, they are there to support you. Talk to them if you have a problem, they can really help. Also, some of your teachers are your dorm parents. There is also an early curfew and lights out for first and second year students-- don't worry about this it gets better when you're a junior and senior. Freshman, you can't sleep in and you have dorm checks every morning. Try to keep it clean.


1.) What was the best thing about your dining arrangements?
Everyone eats there, including your teachers, so if you have a problem you can always talk to them there. There's usually a good selection of food. If you're vegetarian you don't need to worry about finding something that suits you. There's always a salad bar, if something that you want isn't out, just ask, you can usually get it. If you don't want to eat at the cafeteria there are three stores within walking distance. Your parents can always set up an account at the general store. Parents: if you do set up an account at the general store, set a budget--the prices can be higher than normal.
2.) What did you like least about your dining arrangements?
Dress code is necessary at almost all meals in the cafeteria. The quality of the food is mixed, some things are great, many are not. Just keep in mind that it's not that different in college. Also for underclassman, if you're not in by 8 am, you're not eating until lunch. I don't think it's set up the same way, but when I went to Tabor the walk way to the food was like a pageant walk way. Everyone has the opportunity to check you out every time you walk into the room. Make sure you don't have your skirt tucked into your stockings or TP hanging off your shoe.

Social and Town Life:

1.) How welcome did you feel by the other students when you first arrived at the school
I came to Tabor in my sophomore year so many of the students had already established their friendships. This isn't too hard to work around. Many of the people are really friendly. Just as in all other schools some groups might exclude you. Although Tabor states that they don’t have cliques, they do. Just keep an open mind, a positive attitude and be yourself-- this will get you a long way. Remember, you only live with these people for a couple of years, but you live with yourself forever. Also the friendships that you make at Tabor could last you a life time. I graduated 5 1/2 years ago and still speak to many of my old classmates.
2.) Describe the level of diversity and integration of students in your school:
There's a great mix at Tabor. My first year, I was roommates with a girl from Japan. At first I wasn't sure how this was going to be, but I actually learned quite a bit from her. Know that you can learn immeasurably from your classmates. There are people of all different cultures and backgrounds. Use this as a learning tool, it's amazing what you can learn.
3.) Describe typical fun activities you did on a weekend:
There was almost always some kind of sport event happening, support your classmates! You can always sign out for the day and hang out at a friend's house, don't forget to get permission. I used to rollerblade around town with friends, hang out at the local coffee shop, Uncle John's. When it was warm out I would go to the beach. My senior year I was allowed to have a car on campus because I had a job outside of school. I would highly recommend this, it can get a little boring.
4.) What was the town like?
Marion is a great little town. The beaches are great during the beginning of fall and late spring and you can always catch some sun on your time off. On the weekends there is usually something to do, whether it's catching a PG movie in one of the auditoriums, watching sports, or just hanging out in your room. Some of the common areas have TV's, so you might be able to catch up on your shows! (Ask the dorm parents to tape them for you) Although there isn't too much to do, you will most likely befriend some day students. This can give you the opportunity to get off campus. There are also almost regular trips to Dartmouth and other surrounding towns which allows you to go to the mall or catch a movie.

Daily Schedule:

8:00 AMClasses Start
3:00 PMYou're done with classes, now onto sports
5:00 PMDinner
7:30 PMStudy Hall
9:30 AMFree Time!
10:15 PMLights out - start it all over again tomorrow
10:00 AMWake up (used to be that you had to be out of the dorm - freshman)
11:00 AMStart on sports
3:00 PMFree time - Rollerblading, hang out at the BB
6:00 PMDinner- after that enjoy your night!!
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