Avon Old Farms School - Review #5
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||1986-1989|
|Sports and Activities:||Boys are encourage to embrace scholastic challenges and compete in the athletic arena while feeling safe exploring the arts, theater or poetry, expressing school spirit, starting a new club, and just being themselves. I had the opportunity to manage a dorm, get involved in community clubs, play on several teams including soccer, swimming, skiing and lacrosse.|
|Home Town, State:||charlestown, MA|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The schools principles and mission revolve around character development. Students have a very close bond with teachers / administrators which helps foster an open form of communication. The schools also does a great job educating boys on doing the right thing even when others are not watching. I think this is one of the schools strongest attributes.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Avon has a unique culture that fosters tight bonds between students and teachers. The teachers are involved in every aspect of the students life. I think this environment helped me with character development. You learn what it means to be a great member of society. I also learned how to effectively manage my time.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would recommend exploring everything the school has to offer. There are several clubs that I wish I took the time to try.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The avon community (brotherhood) is awesome. There is a strong sense of community. The schools principles and mission revolve around character development. Students have a very close bond with teachers / administrators which helps foster an open form of communication. The schools also does a great job educating boys on doing the right thing even when others are not watching. I think this is one of the schools strongest attributes.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Milk shakes at the school store have been awesome since the 80s. The entire campus is breadth taking - refectory, student center, auditorium and nimrod clud / beaver pond. It is a campus that you will not forget.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Avon has a unique culture that fosters tight bonds between students and teachers. The teachers are involved in every aspect of the students life. The school has also done any outstanding job with character development. Boys understand what it means to be a great member of society. You can feel this on campus, on the field and in the classroom.I have also been impressed by the breadth of academic offerings by the school. They have an outstanding music and arts program, one of the few schools with a genomics class, a business / junior achievement program and most recently they developed a robotics and computer programming class. The school has done a wonderful job keeping up with the changing times.The workload can be challenging. The process certainly taught be to manage my time. I think the school does a wonderful job teaching boys how to be great members of the community while educating them scholastically.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I think the brotherhood is very unique. All of the students support one another on and off the field. This really helps improve the school spirit and the bond between students. In addition, the school utilizes time on and off the field to teach the boys about sportsmanship. The teachers / coaches wants you to know how to be respectful of the other team and more importantly how to win/lose like a gentleman.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The arts are an integral part of life at Avon. The arts (theater, music, etc) has evolved dramatically over the past ten years. The program helps boys step outside of their comfort zone. I think this helps the boys explore their creative expression.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Avon has dozens of clubs for the boys to explore. They also allow boys to start their own club. These part few years the boys started an organic farm and an apiary. They also started a robotics and computer science club which has blossomed into an official class. The school encourages boys to explore and find their passion.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The school refectory is something all students will remember for the balance of their life. The school's food continues to improve. Most recently the school is preparing food that is clean and void of artificial flavors, M.S.G, preservatives, antibiotic free milk, cage free, and high levels of sodium. They also features organic, local and fair trade fruits and veggies. I'm glad the school is becoming social aware and trying to provide high quality food to students.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Avon sits on close to a 1,000 acres of land. The property alone is fun to explore including beaver pond, which is a popular hang out summer the spring and summer season. Avon is a picturesque New England town that grew up along the wooded banks of the Farmington River.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Avon offers lots of activities for the boys. They offer golf, movies, dances and events with the two girl schools, mall runs, community service events. It really depends on what you want to do.
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