Admiral Farragut Academy - Review #4

Admiral Farragut Academy
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled Columbia Southern University
Home Town, State (Country) Tampa, FL
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School Football, soccer, track, and tennis were the primary sports I participated in. I was selected as captain of the soccer team in my junior year. My senior year, I was promoted to Ensign and assigned a position as platoon leader.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
AFA was unique in that it's military background and focus, coupled with the Naval Science curriculum, helped establish in our minds that we were getting a first class education. Friends of mine that attended other boarding schools (Catholic or purely academic foundations) did not communicate that their schools had such a wide variety of academic activity that could be pursued. At AFA I truly felt like I was receiving college-level preparation.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Although I was not able to attend college immediately after graduating from AFA, the education and skills I learned at AFA stood me in great stead, from the military aspects after I joined the US Air Force to the incredible English teachers whose lessons allowed me to grow into a professional writer.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Honestly, I think I would have just buckled down and not been quite as rebellious. Although I was not a 'bad' kid, I did a lot of crazy and irresponsible things and had I eschewed them, I would have had better grades, advanced higher in rank and had more opportunities for college scholarships. My advice is simple: work as hard as you can and make the most of your opportunity. No matter why you are at boarding school, the decisions and choices you make will affect the rest of your life. The world today is not getting any easier and is more competitive than ever. To really make your mark in the world today, you need the most solid foundation you can have.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Overall it was the people. From my favorite teachers and coaches to lifelong friendships that were forged. Our graduating class had 48 students - and I still stay in touch with several of them today.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
It's tough because it's been ages since I've been at AFA. The canteen was always a great place and had a little bit of everything - a great place to relax or study, and get a tasty snack in your free time. Overall I was a gym rat. Any chance I had, I was there - AFA had a great weight room and the athletic facilities were awesome. Plus there was always someone around willing to play a set of tennis, kick a soccer ball, play some flag football or just shoot some hoops.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I believe one of the areas that set AFA academics apart was the experience and knowledge of the instructional staff. The majority of the faculty had served in the military at officer grade and were able to bring a huge breadth of experience to bear in curriculum development and illustrative teaching. In addition, AFA went out of its way to bring in faculty with strong resumes. Our Chemistry teacher had Master's degrees from Yale and worked on Yale science projects over the summer. Having access to that level of knowledge was astounding and incredibly beneficial n a high school.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
AFA had a tremendous athletics program. Coming from attending junior high school in the UK, I was thrilled to find a soccer team filled with an eclectic and talented mix of American, European and Latin American players. Our team was in the district playoffs every year and was a perennial contender for honors. Another great aspect of the athletics program was the ability to play two sports simultaneously. Most schools will restrict athletes from participating in more than one sport during a season but the respective coaches worked together and i was allowed to serve on both the varsity tennis and track teams, at the same time, without any conflict of interest.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I did not participate in many of the arts programs that were available at AFA. However, I was fond of the ballroom dancing classes and took every opportunity to improve my coordination and dance skills.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Many of the extra-curricular activities were actually associated with the Naval Science department. Learning to sail, navigate, tie knots and improve other nautical skills was awesome. We also learned about water-borne diseases and helped clean up Boca Ciega Bay during Red Tide outbreaks, heavy storms and other occurrences.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The best thing about dorm life at AFA was rooming with international students. Having lived overseas previously, it was great to connect with students from all over the world and discuss our shared experiences. En-suite bathrooms were unusual at the time and made things much easier as far as getting ready in the morning or cleaning up after sports practice.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining hall seemed huge - almost as large as the one described in the Harry Potter novels. The food selection was great and very tasty. Lots of meat, vegetables, salads and drink varieties to choose from.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Being located in St. Petersburg, FL AFA is ideally situation for an amazing array of outdoor activities from beach to boating, tennis to golf, professional sports teams to watch, concert venues and galleries to visit...it really has it all.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
One of the great things about the social life at AFA was our relationship with private girl's schools in town. Even though we may not have known each other, the schools had open invitations to each other's social functions so we were allowed to mingle and put those hard-won dance lessons into practice!

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
7:00 AMFormation
7:15 AMBreakfast
8:00 AMClasses start
11:30 AMLunch
1:00 PMClasses Start
4:00 PMClasses end for the day
4:30 PMSports practice
6:30 PMDinner
7:00 PMStudy hall/in-room study
9:30 PMLights out
Weekend
8:00 AMBreakfast
8:30 AMDorm cleaning/free time
11:30 AMLunch
12:00 AMFree time (
6:00 PMDinner
10:00 PMLights Out

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  • Stanford University
    The most unique aspect of the school, would definitely be the Naval traditions and guidelines that the school follows. It allows for students to gain self- discipline, strive to be leaders and also have awesome. . .
  • University of South Florida St. Petersburg
    Admiral Farragut Academy is a military college preparatory school that provides a variety of academic courses to chose from. The teachers truly care about their students and the small class sizes allow the teachers to. . .
  • University of South Florida
    Admiral Farragut Academy is a very unique experience. With over 80 years of history and traditions, the school knows their product and execute it well. The experiences my peers and I shared was the catalyst. . .
  • Columbia Southern University
    AFA was unique in that it's military background and focus, coupled with the Naval Science curriculum, helped establish in our minds that we were getting a first class education. Friends of mine that attended other. . .
  • Southern Illinois University
    Discipline. Academic Excellence..low student to teacher ratio. A plethora of extra-curricular activities available. Excellent sports support. The best prep school for the service acsdemies..esp. Annapolis. . .
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