Tabor Academy - Review #5

Tabor Academy
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled Washington and Lee University
Home Town, State (Country) Sandwich, MA
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School Football (1 yr varsity, 1 yr jv) Basketball (3 yrs varsity, 1 yr jv) Baseball (4 yrs varsity, 1x captain) School Newspaper (Editor 1x) Tour guide (2 yrs)

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The location on the Marion waterfront is definitely Tabor's most distinct and unique feature. For any students interested in marine biology, nautical science, or a related field, Tabor offers great courses that take advantage of the campus setting. In addition to the academic opportunities it affords, the waterfront location is great socially. In the fall and spring, students frequently swim and lay out by the docks, and engage in frisbee and volleyball on the fields bordering the harbor. Athletes interested in crew and sailing do not have to travel to practice, and launch right from the campus docks.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Tabor prepared me socially and academically for college life and beyond. I really felt I learned how to think critically and analytically at Tabor, and I certainly learned a lot of essential time management skills juggling sports, school, and extracurriculars. Many of my favorite memories were on the basketball court. Some great games, and in my time I played against several NBA players. Other great memories are just hanging out or studying with friends in the academic center or out by the docks. As I mentioned previously, springtime is great at Tabor, and I have very fond memories playing spontaneous frisbee or volleyball games between classes or before athletic practices.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Be as outgoing as possible. I was not super outgoing initially, and so it took me a little while to build up a core group of friends.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The people. Students and teachers were great, and I will be lifelong friends with individuals from both groups.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
When looking at boarding schools, really pay attention to the people and the conversations people are having, and see if you can envision yourself in their shoes. Are these the types of conversations and the type of social setting you envision yourself in?

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The teachers make Tabor great. With few exceptions, the teachers are excited to be in the classroom and working with engaging and intellectually curious students. In my time at Tabor, I had strong relationships outside of the classroom with my teachers. When I find myself back on campus for an alumni event, the staff are always happy to see me and eager to hear how my life is going. The academic workload is rigorous, but not overly so. My close friends and I all went to very good colleges, and all agreed that our Tabor education prepared us with the time management skills to succeed in college. Most of us felt that we actually received more day to day work at Tabor than we did in college.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The competition I faced as a Tabor athlete was phenomenal. I loved that all my teams were in highly competitive leagues. The Tabor facilities are top notch. Brand new turf fields, great athletic center, etc. If you have questions about what the level of competition in a particular sport, simply go see a game or two and you should get a good idea of whether its the level of competition you seek in a high school.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Tabor's choral group is exceptional. I recall going to some plays and musicals, but they have never really been my thing, and so I feel unable to comment on the level of talent, instruction, etc.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I really enjoy that everyone is required to do something after school all three seasons. Makes sure everybody is well rounded. In addition to athletic teams and less-competitive athletic programs offered after school, a variety of arts and theatre options exist. There are tons of student organizations, and at least while I was there it was very easy to start your own. I remember the Polar Bear club being very popular, taking advantage of our location by the sea even during the winter months.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm rooms seemed nice, but I was a day student so I did not live in the dorms.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Dining hall was great, better than my college's dining hall. Lots of options. Even though I was a day student, I ate dinner at Tabor almost every night.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Small, sleepy town. Access to things like coffee shops, a few restaurants or date spots, but in general its a small town with not a ton to do. The beach in Marion is the biggest draw.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
At Tabor you are constantly in a social setting. Even when studying, I was almost always with others. I will be lifelong friends with a lot of the guys from my athletic teams. Tabor is fairly diverse, and it is a great experience to meet and become friends with people from other countries, states, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Tabor Academy Alumni #1
    Class of 2017
    5 Stars   6/16/2017
    Middlebury College
    Tabor Academy's waterfront setting is what makes it so unique. With a strong marine science program and multiple research opportunities, its relation to the water and "school by the sea" motto makes it one of. . .
  • Tabor Academy Alumni #2
    Class of 2017
    5 Stars   6/16/2017
    Northeastern University
    Tabor's campus is on the ocean- the School by the Sea! This means two things. One, we get to enjoy a beautiful view- seeing the ocean through the windows, walking across beautiful green grass between. . .
  • Tabor Academy Alumni #3
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   7/17/2017
    UC Berkeley
    The location on the water is one of the most unique and special parts of Tabor Academy. It enables students to swim in the spring, sail, row crew, and delve into marine science in a. . .
  • Tabor Academy Alumni #4
    Class of 2015
    5 Stars   7/17/2017
    Bucknell University
    One of the most unique aspects of Tabor is the location, while other schools may be close to the water, Tabor is ON the water. This is a great asset to the school in terms. . .
  • Tabor Academy Alumni #5
    Class of 2010
    5 Stars   3/19/2015
    Washington and Lee University
    The location on the Marion waterfront is definitely Tabor's most distinct and unique feature. For any students interested in marine biology, nautical science, or a related field, Tabor offers great courses that take advantage of. . .
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