Westtown School - Review #2

Westtown School
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled Bucknell University
Home Town, State (Country) Moorestown, NJ
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School Student leadership Tennis team captain Wrestling team manager Faculty babysitter

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
It is a very family oriented place. We're all living, working, and learning and a small space despite the acreage of the campus. Everything that happens at the school falls within a mile and a half radius of the heart of Main Hall. I can honestly say everyone cares deeply about each other there.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I grew up. I'm independent and a self advocate. I know what I need and when I need it in order to best succeed. Westtown was an impactful experience and extremely supportive with every up and down a teenage goes through.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I wouldn't have done anything differently except for been excited rather than nervous on my first day.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I got to be myself and find myself. No one got to define me and put me in a box, there's no mold for a Westtown student. We just are who we want to be.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
When you visit shadow a student, talk to them and their friends. You'll really get a feel for what it's like. Don't be afraid to ask questions, you'll always get an answer.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The teachers really care about their students. At Westtown, you learn how to learn best for you and the teachers support that. The teachers want to know how to do their job better and not a single teacher wants anyone to ever fail, it's obvious.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Athletics are required at Westtown, but there are tons of options. You're always working on better teamwork and individual performance, there's a balance between the two. Like everything else at Westtown the sports teams are your family. It's always fun to have your math teacher coach you soccer team or your biology teacher coach the lacrosse team because it's what they love. You get to know all about everyone through the smallest required activities, it's really cool.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I wasn't big into the arts and still am not. Arts are highly encouraged at Westtown and j have yet to hear a bad thing about them. The arts at Westtown are not only well participated in they're supported and admired by the student body that doesn't participate as well.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Student leadership is highly sought after by everyone at Westtown. It's friendly competition that everyone wants to be a part of. While sometimes voting turns into more of a popularity contest, at the heart of it all students run Westtown and each kid who wants to be a student leader wants a better Westtown every day they wake up and they're getting better and better at it every year.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Like everything at Westtown is like a family. No one locks their doors, everyone trusts each other. Living with multiple dorm faculty is good as well. Having young teachers as dorm faculty is also amazing as they really give us great advice seeing as they weren't in high school too long ago either.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The kitchen works hard to do their best. The staffs investment in each student is what is really incredible. They're always the first to strike up conversation and if you don't like something they're happy to help you find something you would enjoy!

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
I wish we were able to get into Philadelphia more. Its proximity to us is unbelievable and there's a rich history and culture the school should take life advantage of.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
It's easy. Everyone is there all the time and you have friends near and far. It's fun to bring an international student home for a weekend away and then go visit them during a holiday in their home country. They're always extremely welcoming to it as well.

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Westtown School Alumni #1
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   7/17/2017
    Bard College
    Two aspects of Westtown that stand out in particular are its sense of community, and the education driven towards social change. Its sense of community is in part due to the fact that Westtown is. . .
  • Westtown School Alumni #2
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   8/11/2016
    Bucknell University
    It is a very family oriented place. We're all living, working, and learning and a small space despite the acreage of the campus. Everything that happens at the school falls within a mile and a. . .
  • Westtown School Alumni #3
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   7/19/2017
    Temple University
    Westtown had an extremely unique sense of community. One thing that helped to foster this was Work Program. This is a system developed at Westtown during World War II when most of the school. . .
  • Westtown School Alumni #4
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   7/19/2017
    Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
    I'm sure that the fact that Westtown School is a Quaker school influenced my experience there to a very high degree. There was this strong sense of community all over the place, with frequent events. . .
  • Westtown School Alumni #5
    Class of 2015
    5 Stars   8/4/2017
    Hamilton College
    Westtown's Quaker values are central to the school. Students are treated as members of the community, creating an atmosphere of mutual respect. An example of this is Work Program, a system where all students contribute. . .
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