Indian Springs School - Review #1

Indian Springs School
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled Harvard University
Home Town, State (Country) San Francisco, CA
Years Attended Boarding School 3
Activities During Boarding School I was in the cross country team, the basketball team and the golf team. The athletics play a very important role at Springs. The team is very welcoming if you are new, and you get to know new people and make friends in a couple of hours! I also took part on a community service project, the french club and Model UN.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Springs is an amazing school. Not only for its amazing campus, but also because of the sense of community that it offers from the beginning, everyone knows each other well and that helps to build a strong and close-knit community.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
It not only prepared me for college, but for life. 'Discere vivendo' -Learning through living
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Everything was great
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Everything
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
It will be what you make out of it, so be wise and enjoy your time there!

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Academics are... CHALLENGING, RIGOROUS..A great variety of AP courses to choose from. It prepares you really good for college! The teachers are very helpful, and as they live on campus, you have to take advantage of that, because you can literally ALWAYS ask for help...!

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Athletics are very important at Springs. Even though it does not offer more than 20 or so interscholastic sports, the team is like a new family, and what you learn is amazing.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I enjoyed all of the arts programs offered by the school. Although I was not entirely involved with those areas, what I did partake in was wonderful. The music building is very warm in the winter, and the practice rooms are very quiet and calming.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I was a bit crazy about Community Service and extracurriculars when I was at Springs. However, it was really only because there were so many opportunities to get involved. At the beginning of the school year, there was a big activities midway, where all the student groups had booths with information and sign up sheets. I think I signed up for everything and ended up whittling the list down as a realized I wouldn't have the time to *do* everything. I liked that I wasn't limited by the number of organizations, but more by my own time-constraints, because it meant that I could choose to indulge any interest I might have. And if something doesn't exist to satisfy your interest, you can create a new organization!

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life was the highlight of my Springs experience. I made some of my closest friendships during my three years living in an all-boys dorm. Also, the rooms are very large and the dorm facilities are really good. The facilities in the newly renovated dorms. however, are better than good. The dorm faculty are wonderful people, and they're awesome to just spend time with. I was a proctor my senior year and ended up working with the faculty as well!.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Springs does not have any required formal or "sit-down" dinners which makes dining more flexible and casual. While the salad bar, pasta, and sandwiches are reliable, the hot meal tends to be a toss up. Sometimes it is delicious and sometimes it should be avoided; however the school is still working towards satisfying everyone with its meal choices. Recently the growing student body has made the dining hall more crowded, and more students have turned to alternative options such as ordering food from off campus, cooking in dorm kitchens, or going off campus for meals with a day student.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Birmingham is a very nice city. We also had trips to near mall which helped too, and the surroundings are amazing (Oak Mountain state Park!). Within a 10 minute walk stores like CVS, McDonald's, Walmart, etc. are available.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Great sense of community

Alumni Reviews
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  • Harvard University
    Springs is an amazing school. Not only for its amazing campus, but also because of the sense of community that it offers from the beginning, everyone knows each other well and that helps to build. . .
  • Indian Springs School Alumni #2
    Class of 2005
    5 Stars   10/11/2005
    Boston College
    All classes at ISS are very small. The administration make sure the average class size is around 15 per class. As a result, everybody gets the personal attention they need. Also, most of the faculty. . .
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