Forman School - Review #6
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||1977-1980|
|Sports and Activities:||My physics teacher encouraged me to join newly formed Cross Country & track team. As a tall skinny teenager I finally found a sport I could do, running the mile. Made a huge difference in my future. Also got me started in oil painting which I still do.|
|Home Town, State:||Center Harbor, NH|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Overall positive experience. Small classes of 5-15, Faculty that genuinely cared & provided specialized attention to students who were either slow learners or behind their grade level. They laid a foundation I draw upon to this day.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I learned to live away from home, to become independent, to live on a budget. As a tall uncoordinated teenager I never would have blossomed athletically in a public school. At Forman I was encouraged, to excel in my niche which I never would have found apart from Forman. Many thanks to Mr. Haynes for that.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
At Forman, they are dedicated to help kids who for what ever reason may not be the best students. The faculty is there to help you, to work with you. Looking back once you're an adult, everybody knows High School teen age years are rough but I found The Forman experience to have been a good one and good for me.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Dedicated staff, small classes, personalize attention
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
So much has changed over 50 years any recommendations I could make would be irrelevant at this point.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I was 2 grades behind in reading level, English teacher Mrs. Sharp told me "it's not your fault but it is your problem" and worked with me to improve. Mr. Haynes was a favorite of mine both as chemistry & Physics teacher and coach of track & Cross Country teams. Always wiling to spend the time to make sure you got it right. Individual attention if necessary.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
School much more into the arts today than when I attended but I did get my start in oil painting at Forman. Painted my 1st painting there in 10th grade. Today school dedicated to creativity & the arts much more than in 60's.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
50 yrs ago these type of activities were limited and what few there were I did not participate in. Today it is much different with a wide variety of volunteer programs. Boat building, rain forest studies, etc.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorms were individual houses which housed 12-24 students each with 2-3 per room and over seen by a faculty member and a senior student. Although the campus has expanded in 50 years the small home-style atmosphere remains in tact. Students knew each other, grew together, as opposed to large dorms.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
School is located in Litchfield, Ct a town of many stately homes dating back to the revolution. Twice a wk we walked the .6 mile into town to shop or go to the church of our choice which was required. Not sure what the policy is today but a spiritual hunger was instilled in me while at Forman. Something I'm grateful for today. Litchfield is small, rural, very scenic and beautiful.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
50 yrs ago while at Forman social life was limited although school was co-ed. There were dances but guys & girls stayed on separate campuses interacting during class time and special occasions. This has since changed. Interaction with the girls was strictly supervised in 1967 but then we didn't have any pregnancies either.
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