Stoneleigh-Burnham School - Review #7
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||1993-1996|
|Sports and Activities:||Softball Team Captain Soccer Team Basketball Team Ski TeamPresident Student Activities Proctor Chorus|
|College Enrolled:||Guilford College/ Wichita State University|
|Home Town, State:||Holden, MA|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
This is a small school that focuses on empowering girl's to be leaders. The empowerment comes from leadership programs, debate team, athletic opportunities, small class sizes, and a family atmosphere through the Big/Sister program.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I started to believe in myself and was able to stand up for what I believe in. I found my voice, I have no problem speaking up now and making myself heard. Winning the US History prize as a junior was a big deal for me, I was not the best student, but found a love of History and was able to dive deep into the subject.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would actually read the required summer reading, I was busted the first day of the school for reading cliff notes. This is a small place they notice when you don't do your homework.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Its a Family.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Check out the barn even if you don't ride.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Challenging. Academics are taken very seriously, but the small class size allows for individualized attention. Study Hall is a great time to focus on getting things done, its a block of time that is built into the schedule that helps you carve out time to focus.I liked that my teachers knew my name, they knew my story. They wanted to help me and see me . succeed.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Competitive. Athletics are a part of everyday life, practice and games are a huge part of the student experience. When I was here the basketball team was very good and the whole school traveled to the playoff games, we painted our faces and the school spirit was intense. We compete against much larger school and win. Our Equestrian program is top notch and travels to many shows throughout the area. We are also about to upgrade the fitness center which is very exciting. There are many different types of athletics, your typical teams, individual sports and group fitness classes.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
We put on a major show every winter. In my time we did, Anything Goes, Nunsense 2, and the Boyfriend. Currently they have rock band which is very unique. Every student has an art requirement, there are visual arts, crafts, music or theater options.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorms are in the same building as classes, no need to walk through rain and snow. Some rooms have their own bathrooms. Proctor/RA's and houseparents are around to help deal with life issues, each hallway has its own washer and dryer and common rooms.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The food rocks! The bread is amazing and the brunch on the weekends includes custom made omelets and home fries. The salad bar is awesome, and the food includes gluten and allergy free options. Formal dinner does happen a few times a year but not every night, you do need to dress up and the tables are assigned.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Rural. Greenfield is a very small town, surrounded by mountains in the Pioneer Valley. There are many colleges and other schools in the area.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
There many options to interact with other schools, through dances, debate, athletics.
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