Peddie School - Review #1

Peddie School
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled University of South Carolina
Home Town, State (Country) Charleston, SC
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School I participated in Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Lacrosse, varsity honors in all three. I was also Captain of the lacrosse team my senior year.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
While most boarding schools are smaller than public or even private day schools, Peddie was unique because we only had around 500 kids for all four of my years there. Another unique aspect was our resources and opportunities. We had a "FabLab" which was dedicated to robotics, a new(ish) athletic facility, not to mention the 6:1 faculty to student ratio.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The best thing I took away from boarding school was the independence it provided. I was able to learn how to do most things for myself, and it has helped my transition into college a lot easier.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Something I would do differently is be more open. My freshman year I was used to having the same friends all my life, so I would probably be more open to making new friends.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I liked how much free reign we were given. It was designated when we had to get back to the dorm, but other than that we were completely independent.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
The grille is a great place to meet people, and check out the athletic center. Its almost as nice as college athletic centers which is pretty neat.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
What I liked most about the academics was the small class sizes. There would be at most 15-20 kids in each of my classes for all four years. There was also a wide range of courses to take, and too many AP level courses to choose from.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I liked how I knew my coaches. Outside of lacrosse, the cross country coaches and track coaches were all teachers or faculty at Peddie. We also have an outstanding rivalry with both Lawrenceville and Blair Academy.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The highest level of Visual Arts I completed was AP Studio Art. I liked how we were given free reign over what projects we wanted to do.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There were over 50 student organizations/clubs my senior year. I was a part of the Bee Keeping club, where we kept and farmed bees on campus, as well as the grille club, where we would just grille burgers and hot dogs on occasion.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
For three out of my four years I was in a dorm with most of my friends. The dean of student life was open to putting us all in the same dorm, which was helpful. My dorm supervisors were helpful in regards to helping me with homework, or even putting in a good word for me with the other faculty. The dorm rooms themselves were better than the dorm I am living in now in college.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining hall food was decent at best. Most of the students complained, and the best food was always served during parents weekend or closer to the holiday seasons. My biggest complaint would be the times for dining. Breakfast, lunch and dinner only lasted an hour long, so if we had night games we would have to go out to eat.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Great town life. Hightstown was far enough away from Princeton so that it wasn't crowded, but there was enough in the town so that we had options if we wanted to go out to eat, or just walk around.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
A small school means that you know almost everybody. You do end up separating into groups by sophomore year but everybody was generally friendly.

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Peddie School Alumni #1
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   12/17/2016
    University of South Carolina
    While most boarding schools are smaller than public or even private day schools, Peddie was unique because we only had around 500 kids for all four of my years there. Another unique aspect was our. . .
  • Peddie School Alumni #2
    Class of 2012
    5 Stars   7/11/2013
    Lehigh University
    The Peddie vs. Blair rivalry undoubtedly sets Peddie apart, as the rivalry is the oldest in NJ (since 1903). Blair week is such a memorable week in the life of a Peddie student and no. . .
  • Peddie School Alumni #3
    Class of 2012
    5 Stars   11/29/2016
    Lehigh University
    I really enjoyed the fact that we had family style dinners. It allowed students of all grades and teachers from all disciplines to communicate with one another. The sense of community at Peddie is what. . .
  • Peddie School Alumni #4
    Class of 2008
    5 Stars   11/27/2008
    Boston College
    Choosing Peddie was the best decision I have ever made. They have a unique approach to teaching that could not exist anywhere else. The way they have integrated technology in the classroom makes learning so. . .
  • Peddie School Alumni #5
    Class of 2008
    5 Stars   11/27/2008
    Villanova University
    One of the most important aspects about Peddie is the relationship that the students form with their teachers, and not only the teachers they have in class. I formed some type of relationship with. . .
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