South Kent School - Review #1

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South Kent School
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About the Author:

College EnrolledTrinity College
Home Town, State Vestal, NY, NY
Years Attended Boarding School1
Activities During Boarding SchoolVarsity Hockey, Golf, and Soccer Judicial Board

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
South Kent School offers high school students the perfect environment for learning, maturing, and having fun. At SKS, the faculty provide a family environment that is second to none. Academics are focused on learning, not on grades. And athletics are very important to everyone and are given the attention they deserve. I loved attending a school that I felt comfortable at, could play hockey at an extremely high level, and still get a good education.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Boarding school made me mature quickly. I became much more independent and a better person. I learned about the true values in life and about people in general. By attending boarding school I am now a better-educated person.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have gone to South Kent earlier in my high school career if I had known how great of an experience it would be.
4.) What would you never want to change about your school?
The family environment. It is unbelievable how much the faculty cared about each and every student. It made you feel like you mattered.
5.) What things could be improved about your school?
Updating the facilities, overall renovation project of dorms, athletic facilites, offices etc.
6.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Just make the most out of the South Kent experience as possible. Take advantage of every opportunity offered to you and don't be afraid to try new things.

Academics:

1.) What did you like best about your school’s academics?
South Kent offers a wide range of courses, all of which are interesting and taught in unique ways. Small classes, enthusiastic teachers, and a quality curriculum all contributed to a great academic environment.
2.) What did you like least about the academics in your school?
Different courses (more electives) would have been a nice addition to the academics. Due to the small size of the school, the course selection was a little limited.

Athletics:

1.) What did you like best about your school’s athletics?
Hockey is my sport and the school prided itself on the hockey team. As a team, we were given a lot of credit and attention. Teachers, faculty and all students contributed efforts and support to us throughout the season.
2.) What did you like least about the athletics in your school?
I wish we had newer, up-to-date facilities in general. The weightroom was incredible but the hockey rink and fields could have used some work.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) What did you like best about your school’s art program?
Interesting courses were offered including Computer art, sculpting, photography and other studio arts courses.
2.) What did you like least about your school’s art program?
I was satisfied overall with the art program, no complaints.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) What did you like most about the extracurricular activities offered at your school?
There were many opportunities outside of the classroom. I really enjoyed different community service projects and on-campus clubs that contributed to the overall success of the school.
2.) What did you like least about the extracurricular activities offered at your school?
Since the school is located in the middle of nowhere, there was a limited selection of oppportunities. A more suburban setting could offer different options.

Dorm Life:

1.) What was the best thing about dorm life in your school?
You could choose your own roomates, have tv's, refrigerators, computers etc. The dorms were great.
2.) What did you like least about dorm life?
We couldn't have internet in our rooms and some of the dorms definitely needed to be upgraded.

Dining:

1.) What was the best thing about your dining arrangements?
The food was outstanding. The cooks offered great home cooked meals that tasted as good as my mom's own food. Unbelievable job by the cooking staff.
2.) What did you like least about your dining arrangements?
As with any cafeteria, a lack of selection gets old after a while.

Social and Town Life:

1.) How welcome did you feel by the other students when you first arrived at the school
The kids were great. I felt part of the school the first day I was there. They were all friendly and made an effort to include me in life there.
2.) Describe the level of diversity and integration of students in your school:
Diversity is great. All ethnic backgrounds are represented at South Kent. Kids from countries all over the world were enrolled there.
3.) Describe typical fun activities you did on a weekend:
Played hockey, dances, movies, golfed, went to athletic events (professional), took trips.
4.) What was the town like?
The school set-up weekend trips to many places in town and out of town. Movies, food, dances, sporting events etc.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
7:45 AMAssembly
8:00 AMClass
9:00 AMClass
10:00 AMClass
11:00 AMClass
12:30 AMLunch
1:00 PMClass
2:00 PMClass
3:15 PMSports
6:00 PMChapel
7:00 PMFormal Dinner
8:00 PMStudy Hall
10:00 PMCheck-in
11:00 PMLights out
Weekend
9:00 AMAssembly
9:15 AMClass
10:00 AMClass
11:00 AMClass
12:00 AMLunch
1:00 PMSports
8:00 PMSundaes in the Cafeteria
9:00 PMMovies, video games, dances
12:00 AMSleep
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