The Peddie School - Review #1
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||1994-1998|
|Sports and Activities:||Newspaper (editor in chief), drama club (actress and stage manager), literary magazine, Habitat for Humanity, chorus, band.|
|College Enrolled:||Columbia College / UC Berkeley|
|Home Town, State:||East Windsor, NJ|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The Peddie school is unique because our campus is state-of-the-art. All students possess laptops and classrooms are wired for internet access. This enables teachers to use cutting edge technology in their classrooms, particularly useful in the sciences and math. The faculty-student ratio is good, so there is a lot of individual attention, and a mandatory volunteer program keeps students giving back to the community. In addition, three community meetings a week allows the school community to bond.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Being editor in chief of the newspaper was invaluable to me, as it gave me the opportunity to work as a leader and as part of a team. Senior year I was also allowed to create an independent study in Spanish which let me take charge of my own education, and was one of the most valuable academic experiences I can remember. Junior year I was part of a Shakespeare production, and I remember feeling a euphoric sense, as I truly bonded with cast and crew.I was exceptionally well-prepared for college. I also felt the college process was very smooth and well-handled. Learning to be independent at Peddie, while also learning the importance of student-teacher interaction, I was able to navigate through a large university system.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I am truly satisfied with how my experience was, both in terms of arrival and application.
4.) What would you never want to change about your school?
The sense of community, the fun and spirit of Blair Week (even though I was not an athlete), the community meetings, the diversity of the student body, the beautiful campus, the amazing faculty.
5.) What things could be improved about your school?
I wish it had been slightly less geared towards college, but I think that that is the reality of the college market today, unfortunately. There's a lot of pressure on students, early on, but again, there is also a high level of success. It's hard to find a balance.
6.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Get involved. Go to the meetings of a number of clubs before deciding which to join. The Peddie News is a favorite of mine. Do something you've never done before, something you think you aren't good at. (I was the slowest member of the track team -- it did me good.) Enjoy -- it goes quickly.
1.) What did you like best about your schools academics?
Academics at Peddie are quite rigorous. I felt extremely well prepared for the AP exams and for college. Classroom atmosphere was laid back but focused, and writing skills were highly emphasized -- an invaluable tool. Classes were discussion based, often, and so I was able to build up confidence in expressing myself. The professors were by and large excellent, very involved, and we often had a professor more than once, so we were able to build relationships with him or her.
2.) What did you like least about the academics in your school?
At times I felt over-worked, particularly in my last two years. However, the atmosphere was not competitive in terms of grades. There was only a sense of pressure that if you wanted to get into a good college you had to take all the AP classes possible. (Which is perhaps true).
1.) What did you like best about your schools athletics?
I am not a particularly gifted athlete and I was able to participate on the track team regardless.
2.) What did you like least about the athletics in your school?
Sports are very important to Peddie. THere is an athletIC community that I did not feel a part of.
1.) What did you like best about your schools art program?
We had amazing facilities in terms of our theatre and the school's technical director was excellent. In terms of behind-the-scenes work, I learned a lot and was given a lot of responsibility. I saw the music program improve drastically while I was a student as well. Student/faculty art exhibits were quite good. We also host a number of good concerts in our theatre from outside musicians.
2.) What did you like least about your schools art program?
I was not particularly impressed with the quality of direction in our theatre program.
1.) What did you like most about the extracurricular activities offered at your school?
There was a wide range of activities available and newcomers were always welcome. The newspaper for me was a perfect niche and I learned a lot about leadership and responsibility from it. The volunteer groups were well-run -- I went to Miami twice with Habitat for Humanity, paid for, in a large part, by our own fundraising.
2.) What did you like least about the extracurricular activities offered at your school?
I think the newspaper needed more funding and credibility with the administration.
1.) What was the best thing about your dining arrangements?
The cafeteria had good hours, and day-students could eat all three meals at school if we chose. The quality of the food varied. The cafeteria workers were really nice.
2.) What did you like least about your dining arrangements?
The quality of the food varied.
1.) How welcome did you feel by the other students when you first arrived at the school
The freshman orientation helped integrate me into a peer group. Since classes are small and frequently have the same students, it is inevitable that you well get to know and bond with your peers. The smallness of the school can be hard, though, since that limits one's social choices, but I was able to find a group of friends immediately and keep them all 4 years.
2.) Describe the level of diversity and integration of students in your school:
Peddie is quite diverse and integrated. Of course there are cliques (athletes, groups from dorms, clubs etc.), but there is also a lot of overlap between the different groups. Students are also friends with the faculty.
3.) Describe typical fun activities you did on a weekend:
Movies, shopping, museums in NYC, hanging out with friends. A LOT of studying and working on the newspaper/plays (even on weekends!)
4.) What was the town like?
The town is quite small. There is a coffee shop, movies (driving distance -- but a van would take students weekly), some small shops and restaurants. But it is not too far from NYC which is a great benefit.
|10:00 AM||Chapel meeting (mondays and fridays)|
|2:00 PM||Class, except on wednesday|
|3:00 PM||Class, except on wednesday|
|3:30 PM||Sports / drama, etc.|
|9:00 PM||Study hall|
|10:00 AM||Activity period, meetings|
|1:00 PM||Sports practice, free time -- studying, seeing movies, shopping, frisbee on the lawn...|
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