Hebron Academy - Review #2

Hebron Academy
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled Trinity College
Home Town, State (Country) North Conway, NH
Years Attended Boarding School 3
Activities During Boarding School While at Hebron I played field hockey, ice hockey, and softball. Field hockey was always my sport, and I was a team captain my senior year, while ice hockey was more of an experiment. Though my winter teammates were vastly more experienced than I, they were unendingly supportive and helpful in my endeavor to learn ice hockey. Off the field (and the ice), I participated annually in the school musical, wrote and edited for the school paper, was a member of the GSA, led tours of the school, and became a leader in the dorm as a senior proctor. All of these experiences were valuable, but being a tour guide and proctor were the most rewarding. As a tour guide, I was able to share the place that had become my second home, and when new students arrived, I was able to use my post as a proctor to help them make it their home away from home, as well.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
I loved everything about my time at Hebron. It was truly a community, without the cliques I had come to expect at public school - sure, people had their groups of friends, but no one would look askance if you sat with someone new in the dining hall. The faculty's genuine interest in every students interests and dreams was possibly the most special thing about Hebron Academy. Beyond being supportive in a classroom context, teachers were always willing to sponsor an outside project or help you start a club.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I'm not sure what the best isolated thing was that happened to me at Hebron, but I often tell people that Hebron was the best thing that ever happened to me. I really grew as a person, an athlete, and a student while I was there - I was truly prepared for college in a way that many of my college friends were not.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
The biggest thing I would do differently is attend Hebron for all four years, as I didn't start until my sophomore year. My advice for new students is simple: commit fully in everything you do. Try your best, try new things, and trust your friends.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The sense of community was overwhelming. We used to roll our eyes when teachers talked about it in morning meeting, but it really was special. I've never felt more comfortable than I did while I was at Hebron.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Explore everything! Hebron is over two hundred years old - there's an old fall out shelter in the arts center that doubled as uniform storage when I was at school, and no doubt there are all kinds of other hidden gems.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The academics at Hebron were both challenging and enriching. I took multiple AP classes, and was able to apply my test scores toward college credits after high school. The faculty always proved to truly value student learning and curiosity above all: during my senior year, there was an AP test I wanted to take, but the school didn't have the interest for a full class. One of my teachers volunteered to take on an independent study with me, and gave up her planning period three days a week to help me master the material. Teachers were also available every night during study hall for extra help if you felt you needed it. Indeed, your teachers often lived in your dorm or were your coaches, so you could find them any time if you had questions.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I honestly felt as if the field hockey team at Hebron was my family. The girls came from all over the world and with all levels of experience, but we banded together, winning the MAISAD tournament every year, and even making it to the New England tournament for the first time in team history. I was recruited to play field hockey at the university level because of my experience at Hebron - and other sports are just as strong. In the three sports I played over three years, I never once felt discouraged by a coach, or demoralized by a (rare) loss. The philosophy of Hebron sports was always hard work, competitive spirit, and sportsmanship. They finished the new athletic center the year after I graduated, and it's pretty amazing!

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Hebron always had robust arts programs. The school might be better known for its athletics, but visual arts, music, and theater are just as much a part of student life. Perhaps the best part of the theater program was how many students the yearly musical draws. Entire sports teams often join the cast, with ensemble roles for those who aren't looking to stand out, and solo parts for students who want to make a statement. It's really a testament to the spirit of the school: you don't have to have a harsh definition for yourself - you can be an jock and a thespian and a mathlete and an artist, all at once, and everyone will cheer you on.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
The most unique extra-curricular at Hebron has to be the outdoor education program, taking full advantage of the rural Maine location of the school. Students go hiking, learn to navigate with maps and compasses, and even learn to build a fire in the snow. In the winter, they can learn to ski or snowboard. If there are any clubs or activities students would like to see that aren't available, faculty members are always willing to help students get the ball rolling. A classmate of mine wanted to start a dance club, and within a month she had secured studio space, recruited members, and found a coach, all with the support of a faculty adviser.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Living in the dorm was the best part of boarding school. Words simply cannot describe how close I became with my dorm mates - it's been over half a decade since I graduated, but every time I see one of them we can pick up right where we left off. Hebron is a small school, and the tight-knit nature of dorm life is what makes it really special. I would still trust any of the girls I lived with at Hebron with my life. The rooms are pretty typical - mostly doubles, with a few singles. There are faculty members living in the dorm, in separate apartments, some with their families, and all ready to open their homes (and their kitchens) to you if you need them.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining hall was open for three meals every weekday, and two (brunch and dinner) on weekends. I was always able to find something good to eat, and my mother would tell you I was a super picky eater back in the day. There's always bagels and toast available, as well as fresh fruit, cereal, and a salad bar, in addition to the various hot meal offerings.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The town of Hebron is pretty much just the school, though there were weekly trips available to nearby Portland, Maine. It's an absolutely beautiful place, with views of the White Mountains and gorgeous forests all around. Perhaps the best part of such an isolated location was how bright the stars were every night.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I made some of my lifelong friends at Hebron. Even those I've lost touch with, I feel like I could run into them tomorrow and strike up a conversation as if nothing has changed - because our friendship never could. Living with your friends brings you closer in a way that nothing else can - you grow to know and love everything about them, and they know all about you. It's incredibly freeing to know your peers know all your annoying habits - and love you anyway.

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Hebron Academy Alumni #1
    Class of 2009
    5 Stars   7/27/2009
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Hebron is my home and the home of hundreds of my peers. It is a tightly knit community filled with a highly engaging and focused energy. It is the kind of place where. . .
  • Hebron Academy Alumni #2
    Class of 2008
    5 Stars   1/29/2015
    Trinity College
    I loved everything about my time at Hebron. It was truly a community, without the cliques I had come to expect at public school - sure, people had their groups of friends, but no one. . .
  • Hebron Academy Alumni #3
    Class of 2007
    5 Stars   7/27/2009
    Eckerd College
    Hebron Academy is a small day and boarding school in rural Hebron, Maine about an hour outside of Portland. I began my Hebron career in 6th grade and continued on, graduating as a senior in. . .
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