Stuart Hall School - Review #2

Stuart Hall School
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Home Town, State (Country) Staunton, VA
Years Attended Boarding School 3
Activities During Boarding School National Honor Society Student Government – Class President Stuart Hall Prefect Cross Country – Team Captain Stuart Hall Red Team – Spirit Boy, Team Captain ELA – Treasurer Cheerleading Admissions Ambassador Christmas Parades Prom Committee Bicycle Club Paper Modeling Club Powderpuff Football and more...

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Stuart Hall's diverse community and the sense of family are two of the many very important aspects that make the school unique. Small class sizes provide the opportunity for all types of students to excel and build more influential relationships with teachers and fellow classmates. With students from across the world, cultural differences and global awareness become key to student life as well. Finally, the school's high level of academics is paralleled by excellent extra-curricular activities.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I have grown greatly as a person by attending Stuart Hall. My leadership skills and ability to work with diverse groups have both been enhanced. Not only do I recognize and understand cultural differences better than before, but I have also learned a lot about the world through the people attending Stuart Hall. I have attended various schools in my career and not one compares to Stuart Hall; its excellence, its uniqueness and its "family" cannot be found elsewhere.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I first arrived at Stuart Hall half way through the year, if I were to do one thing differently it would have been to get involved sooner and to have made everything I could out of the remainder of that year. I feel I did not give Stuart Hall much of a chance at first, after my relocation, but once I opened my eyes and did the experience was phenomenal. Relocation and changing schools is not easy, but the faculty and students at Stuart Hall are there to make the transition as smooth as possible.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Aside from my advanced education, the one thing I liked most about Stuart Hall was the traditions that have gone on for over 170 years and the relationships I have made with teachers and classmates. My entire experience at Stuart Hall has been amazing and it is one place I know I can always call home. The school maintains a connection to its history, while continuing to embrace global advancements of the future.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Stuart Hall is a well-rounded, community oriented environment; I hope that you come to be a part of this excellent school, community, and family.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The academics at Stuart Hall excel in all subjects beyond the levels of most schools. A wide variety of classes and AP level courses are available. Students have the opportunity to be a part of the Math and Science Emphasis Program where the focus on the maths and sciences is greater. Stuart Hall has a strong relationship with James Madison University and Mary Baldwin College which allows for additional advanced resources and college credit from dual-enrollment courses. Teachers are always available to answer questions and are dedicated to their work and to ensuring the success of their students. Material is taught in many different ways to appeal to all types of learners; from hands-on activities to lectures to class discussions. The in-depth learning of the classes and the diversity of courses is what I liked most.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Stuart Hall's athletics program is growing just as much as the academics program. Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf and Cross Country are some of the main sports offered over all three seasons. The teams are lead by incredible coaches and have access to high quality facilities. Many of the teams make it to compete in the state competitions and the girls Cross Country team is a three time State Champion. Not only do the athletes excel in competitions, but the school body is able to come together to support these teams.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The Arts, Music and Theatre Programs at Stuart Hall are just as advanced as the Math and Science Programs. Similarly, students have the opportunity to be a part of the Arts and Theatre Emphasis Program. Stuart Hall has a relationship with the American Shakespeare Center Blackfriars Playhouse in Stanton which allows for the theatre students to work with professionals and the opportunity to perform outside of school. The visual arts and music departments also have high quality facilities and teachers.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Student lead organizations and extra-curricular activities play an important role at Stuart Hall in developing leadership and service skills. With a focus on service-learning, students volunteer and participate in community service and carry the ideal of service throughout life. Extra-curricular activities range from student government, to bicycle club, to participating in the Christmas parades and so many more. I liked the fact that the school and student body still maintains a high level of unity even outside of the classroom.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life at Stuart Hall has an atmosphere that feels just like home. Each boarder has one roommate and each hall on dorm has a dorm parent. There are activities planned for every weekend and even weekdays that boarders can sign up to participate in. Living on dorm is like living with a second family.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Hot meals are served three times a day during the week and two meals on weekends (brunch and dinner). Additionally, there is a salad bar and sandwich bar daily. The food is top of the line and many meals originate from the cultures represented in the school. Students are free to sit where they choose and will eat lunch with their advising teacher and fellow advisees once a week. Once a student finishes eating he or she is allowed to leave the cafeteria.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Stuart Hall is located in Staunton, Virginia; downtown Staunton is an extension of the Stuart Hall campus. Beverley Street has restaurants, ice-cream shops, antique stores, and more. Boarders are allowed to sign out after school to walk downtown. Classes may even walk to a coffee shop to study for the period. I liked the small town feel and the close connection Stuart Hall has with the surrounding town.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The social life at Stuart Hall is great; from dances and mixers to alumni weekend, the students and faculty remain connected. Day students and boarders get together outside of school demonstrating the diverse level of social life. I like how friendships and connections last at Stuart Hall most even after graduation.

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Stuart Hall School Alumni #1
    Class of 2017
    5 Stars   6/16/2017
    None (gap year)
    Unlike most boarding schools in the United States which tend to have large campuses in rather rural or otherwise secluded areas, Stuart Hall School has a rather small campus located inside a small town and. . .
  • Stuart Hall School Alumni #2
    Class of 2014
    5 Stars   7/4/2014
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    Stuart Hall's diverse community and the sense of family are two of the many very important aspects that make the school unique. Small class sizes provide the opportunity for all types of students to. . .
  • Stuart Hall School Alumni #3
    Class of 2008
    5 Stars   2/6/2017
    VCU
    My boarding school was actually co-ed during the academic day, but only girls boarded (though I think now the boarding has become co-ed presently). . .
  • Stuart Hall School Alumni #4
    Class of 1998
    5 Stars   7/11/2004
    University of Virginia
    Stuart Hall's small class sizes and caring faculty really do give it the "family" atmosphere that it advertises. While at Stuart Hall I had many opportunities to explore. . .
  • Stuart Hall School Alumni #5
    Class of 1985
    5 Stars   10/18/2017
    Emory & Henry
    Stuart Hall ("Stu") is co-ed and has both a boarding and day school option. It covers the entire educational spectrum from K-12 in a historic setting (founded in 1844) in the small town of. . .
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