George School - Review #1

George School
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled Rutgers University
Home Town, State (Country) Hamilton, NJ
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School Basketball Track and Field Football Wrestling UMOJA(Club that talks about social issues regarding minorities) Film Club LASO(Latin American Student Organization) Academic Summer Program Counselor Prefect(Sophomore Residential Adviser)

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
One of the unique aspects of I loved about George school is its iconic "Red Square" located right outside of main building. This is the student hub during fall and springtime where you'll find many students socializing or playing "Four Square." This is the best place to meet and make new friends while either playing four square or socializing with different people. There is rarely a time where you will not find at least one student outside studying or hanging out with another friend.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The best thing that happened to me in boarding school was performing the song "My Girl" by the temptations during an all school assembly. The assembly was dedicated to the head of school that was leaving and a bunch of student-led acts were chosen in order to wish her farewell. I chose a group of four other students ranging from sophomores to seniors and we worked almost every week to perfect our routine. Nothing compared most to the moment when we finished performing the song and the whole crowd gave a standing ovation while screaming each of our respective names and asking for an encore. It was truly a special moment that is unique to how George School encourages students to make the stage their own.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
If I had to do anything differently, it would be making sure I balance my time fairly There may be a temptation sometimes to go socialize, but it is important to develop your friendships. Nothing compares to those little funny moments that happen with your soon-to-be best friend freshman year as you were sitting on red square making jokes about each other tendencies to snore while you sleep.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
What I loved most about my school was how friendly it is. I can truly say how much you put it in is how much you get out with this school. If you interact with others, people will know and remember your name. Not to mention, whether it be upperclassmen or you teachers, they always say hello while passing by you on a given day. In fact, I don't think I passed one day without someone I may not know quite well saying hello to me.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
My final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to George School, is to "Let your life speak." This your high school experience and you control how well it goes. If you put yourself out there people will respond. Also, make sure you try out Bettye's place, the food is great. I encourage you to walk through the campus by yourself whenever you have time.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
What I liked most about the academics at George School was the teachers. Each teacher you'll have has their own quirky personality in which they mix in their unconventional teaching styles. Each of them are very personable in their own way and they truly care for their student's success. In fact I find it hard to find at least one person that fails to establish at least one close relationship with another teacher. Not to mention many people are not judgmental of others academic aspirations.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The best part of athletics of is the support it receives from its community. Most students attend the home games and are always supporting the student athletes. Each of the athletics teams develop a sense of comradeship between the players and most of the time will be almost like your family for the sports season. Although we may not be the best team in the league we are apart of. We have some of the most determined athletes that always give their all to put up results for the team.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
What I love about the visual arts, music, and theatre program is that it encourages each individual student to discover what makes the tick and pursue the arts class that interests you the most. There are a variety of different arts classes offered ranging from ceramics to photography to Stage Craft. The classes really compliment each student's individual interests whether it be in helping create the set for the theater production that occurs every term to learning how to create short films in video production. Each art class offered at George School gives each student a platform to showcase their personalities through the works they create.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There is are many extracurricular activities to choose from at George School. There are over 30 different clubs from computer club to animal club, to clubs that discuss social issues. This was what I enjoyed most about George School because it gave me a chance to experience new different cultures that I was not exposed to. For example, I joined the Latino American Student Organization club, which allowed me to be exposed to Latin American culture and learn some Spanish on the way. IT is also a great way to meet new friends!

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
What I loved about dorm life in this school was that the people you end up living with becomes your family. I still remain in contact with many of the guys I roomed with my freshman year. You develop a sense of camaraderie with the people you live with as you experience the same struggles, but also begin to learn what makes each of you tick. In terms of the dorm situations, in each dorm you live with the students (of your gender) over the course of years. The rooms can range from medium-sized to large depending on which dorm you live in.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The Dining arrangements at George School has many different options to choose from. There is always a salad and sandwich bar to make meals from. There are to bars where cooked food is served and in the afternoons you are able to make your own stir fry. Most of the time the food is good and the cafeteria hours fits well with your schedule. The only caveat is that the dining hall is not open during or after required study hall.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The town surrounding the school is Newtown. It's a small town with many small family businesses. There is a super market right across the street to grab groceries or eat eat at any of the local restaurants or hibachi places. What I loved most about the town was walking through the streets at night as the street lamps would light up the streets, which appears absolutely beautiful.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
What I loved most about the social life at my school was the fact that there was no discrimination based on the class you were in. During my underclassmen years, I maintained close relationships with many seniors and juniors and it was as if we were the same age. Of course there were moments of immaturity that occurred, but this factor only made the relationships more special.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
8:00 AMClass
11:30 AMLunch
12:15 AMClass
2:30 PMClass Ends
3:45 PMSports Start
5:30 PMSports End
6:00 PMDinner
7:30 AMStudy Hall
11:00 AMLights Out in underclassmen dorms
Weekend
10:00 AMBasketball with friends
11:30 AMBrunch
2:00 PMStudy
5:30 PMDinner
6:15 AMHang out in Student Center or Dorms
11:00 AMCheck-in in the dorms

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • George School Alumni #1
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   12/3/2016
    Rutgers University
    One of the unique aspects of I loved about George school is its iconic "Red Square" located right outside of main building. This is the student hub during fall and springtime where you'll find many. . .
  • George School Alumni #2
    Class of 2012
    5 Stars   12/17/2016
    The George Washington University
    While I never expected to attend a religious school, nor do I consider myself particularly religious, attending George School with its background in Quakerism was such an amazing experience. Teachers really seem to relate to. . .
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