Middlesex School - Review #3

Middlesex School
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled Cornell University
Home Town, State (Country) Unionville, PA
Years Attended Boarding School 3
Activities During Boarding School Varsity Field Hockey, JV Ice Hockey, JV Lacrosse. Second Women's A Capella Group. Community Service Officer. Peer Tutor (Math, Chemistry, Physics, Latin).

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The first unique aspect of Middlesex that comes to mind is our plaque tradition. It is and always has been a graduation requirement to carve a plaque and every single one is hung up around the school. There are no templates or guidelines. It is a unique and tangible way for each and every graduate to "leave his/her mark" on the school.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I gained a lot of independence at boarding school. It was refreshing to, to an extent, be able to do what I wanted when I wanted to. It was also much more of a challenge than my previous school so I learned how to handle that pressure, academically, athletically, and artistically. I learned how to manage my time very well because there was always so much work and so much to do. I also had a ton of fun living in the dorm with my friends and I formed some amazing relationships with the faculty who were my teachers, coaches, and lived in my dorm.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I wish I had jumped into more activities when I got there. Not commitments, but club meetings or faculty sponsored outings or things like that.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I loved the full participation aspect. Although it made my life very difficult at times, I learned a lot from it about myself, my studies, and life in general. Middlesex taught me a lot and not just what I learned in my classes.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Go to breakfast. It's worth it. Use the library. Play sports.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Academics at Middlesex were very challenging constantly. But that does not mean that the teachers are not there for you when you have questions or need help every step of the way. There is a lot of work, but you learn to manage your time effectively because of it. Middlesex students are not competitive with each other, but they compete with their own standards. There are classes for students of every ability level in every subject and department. And finally I cannot stress enough how much the teachers want to help their students succeed.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Middlesex requires each freshman and sophomore to play a sport each season, juniors must play at least 2 and seniors have to play at least 1. For such a small school, there are tons of options for sports and many people will learn to play a sport at Middlesex and end up going to college for it. The coaches are almost exclusively also members of the faculty so they know how to work with the students and many have also taught their players. I played 3 sports each year for my entire career and I loved every minute of it.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Middlesex has a lot of talent when it comes to the arts. Whether visual or performance arts, I, as someone who dabbled in singing and acting a bit but otherwise didn't delve too deeply in the arts, am constantly amazed by the amazing productions and exhibitions on our campus. You don't have to choose between a performance and a sport too which is so valuable.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
One unique aspect of extracurricular life at Middlesex is the Community Service program. Community service is not required at Middlesex (except on Community Service Day) but the amazing thing is that even though it is not required, students still participate actively and enthusiastically. As far as clubs and similar student run organizations go, anyone can start one. Some are serious, some are not; all you need is a faculty member who will be your faculty advisor. Extracurricular opportunities are abundant and widespread at Middlesex and I have never heard someone complain that there wasn't enough to do.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
We have about 30 people per dorm and there are people from all grades in each dorm in addition to 2-3 faculty apartments. We have a lot of singles so if you want one you'll probably get one; if you want a double you'll probably get that too. They don't tell you which dorm you're in/who your roommate is until you get there which can be frustrating. The dorm parents often have food at night though and they do a great job connecting with students and fostering community in the dorm. The proctor system is also good for that (one on each floor).

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining hall at Middlesex is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack (2:30-4ish), and dinner (5:30-7) Monday-Saturday and Continental Breakfast (8-10), Brunch (10-1), and Dinner (5:30-7) on Sundays. There are always a variety of options (hot meal, salad, sandwich, rice, toaster w/ bagels etc, fruit, dessert, cereal, and much more).

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Concord, MA is a very quaint, traditional New England town. There is lots of history there which can be interesting, lots of really great food options, as well as the necessary grocery store, CVS, Starbucks, DD, etc. There is a bus that runs into town after school and Sunday afternoons roughly every 40 mins. It is very accessible and everything you need is in Concord.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
We have an excellent Student Activities committee for planning events on Sundays and Saturday nights. They do a great job keeping people involved in the community. I loved living with my friends in the dorm and I also had a number of day student friends and that was also a lot of fun. The day students are just as integrated into the community as the boarders.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
7:30 AMWake Up, Breakfast
8:00 AMClasses Start
11:30 AMLunch
12:15 AMClasses
3:30 PMSports
6:00 PMDinner
6:30 AMA Capella/Community Service/Peer Tutoring
7:30 PMHomework
10:30 PMCheck In
12:30 PMSleep
Weekend
7:30 AMWake Up/Breakfast
8:00 AMClasses Start
11:30 AMLunch
2:00 PMAthletic Competitions
6:00 PMDinner
7:30 PMSocial Activities
11:00 PMCheck In, watch TV
1:00 AMSleep

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Middlesex School Alumni #1
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   8/11/2016
    Brown University
    The two primary aspects that I believe differentiate Middlesex (MX) from other independent schools are its class schedule and its student body composition. MX has a six day class schedule; every week, students have. . .
  • Middlesex School Alumni #2
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   10/24/2017
    Princeton University
    Middlesex sets its self apart from other schools through its tight-knit community and its passionate, caring faculty members. The faculty members here are more than teachers or mentors; they are friends and family. They are. . .
  • Middlesex School Alumni #3
    Class of 2015
    5 Stars   9/5/2015
    Cornell University
    The first unique aspect of Middlesex that comes to mind is our plaque tradition. It is and always has been a graduation requirement to carve a plaque and every single one is hung up. . .
  • Middlesex School Alumni #4
    Class of 2015
    5 Stars   9/5/2015
    Harvard College
    An aspect of Middlesex that truly sets it apart from other boarding schools is the strong relationships formed between the students and the faculty. Middlesex, probably by design, has it so that an individual can. . .
  • Middlesex School Alumni #5
    Class of 2014
    5 Stars   6/23/2014
    Amherst
    One aspect of Middlesex that makes it unique is the sense of community that exists between students, faculty, staff, and administrators. There is an incredible amount of support that stems from all sides and. . .
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