Eagle Hill School - Review #1

Eagle Hill School
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled Dean College
Home Town, State (Country) Barrington, RI
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School I was in the theater production for 4 years. I also did a lot in the graphics design room where I found my love for art. I tried sports but realized I was only meant for the arts department. Leaderships, clubs were not my thing either, I felt more to myself than wanting to be apart of something.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
What makes EHS different is the faculty and staff, because they are all like family to the students. They have all seen us through the best and worst of our days and have never given up on making sure we are happy and safe. The school has an amazing arts center, where I found myself. I was in the theater for 4 years and loved it. The rehearsals were long and hard, but being with a team of amazing and talented actors was worth it. After school we had mandatory exercise time. This was right after school, when all the students would have to get out of their rooms for an hour before and after dinner and walk, swim or choose any activity that day.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I found my best friend here at EHS that I still talk to. I actually still talk to many of my other friends from high school. Just because I left and graduated, never meant I ever wanted to forget about the teachers and students who influenced and impacted my life. I remember winning silly awards for my acting and everyone made it into a big deal which was really cool. Everyone was so supportive of me and who I wanted to become when I was older.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I am not sure what I would have done differently. I made several mistakes, but from a quote I once heard "We never make regrets, because at one point thats exactly what we wanted".
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I like the students, teachers, faculty, lessons I learned, campus and school.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Well I would definitely recommend living in Harmsworth Hall (for the upperclassmen). It's a beautiful hall.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
My favorite class that I got to have was graphic design. This is the class that I found suited me the most, along with writing workshop classes too. EHS is like a regular high school where who have mandatory gym class, electives, math, science, language and writing. Thankfully I loved writing and continue to do it through college.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I was never in the athletic type of thing. Although I had friends and a partner in sports and it was hard work. The practices were tough (for me) and it was just really tiring. But for someone who is all about sports and being a leader or captain, they would love it. The school, students, and coaches are highly competitive, another reason I chose to stay away from it.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
This was my department for sure. The arts was like my home and comfort place. I love the theater even so I felt I didn't belong sometimes. The directors (teachers) would yell raise your voice all the time because I am just naturally a really quite girl and have a delicate voice. But after a while, the directors taught me to never be shy on stage and to get out of my comfort zone. On the other hand, visual arts is still something I continue. I am currently studying visual arts in college and I love it. Truth be told, if I never found the arts department at EHS, I don't know what I would be doing.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I volunteered for an office campus activity for all 4 years of my high school career. I did something called Adopt-A-Grandparent. What we did was go to a nursing home once a week for an hour. The students would help set up events, assist the elderly and just get off campus to do something good. I really enjoyed this because, I needed to get off campus, and feel good about myself. It was like a breath of fresh air. Plus sometimes we'd get food on the way back.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I realized after 8 years of living away dorm life wasn't meant for me. Teenagers are loud and routy, especially with ADHD. I am very introverted, quiet and reserved so I didn't like the loudness of the dorms.The rooms had very very very high ceilings, a "closet", desk the same size as a bed, and lamp table. Depending on how you set up your room, it is very comfortable and at home. There was never many problems with heat or air conditioning. As far as I remember, we didn't choose our dorms or rooms every year. We got chosen where to live depending on our grade or year.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining hall was the same building at the arts department. It was very classy with wooden tables and chairs. I don't remember the food, but it was good to my knowledge. The cafeteria crew was very nice in helping certain students with allergies. It was open the typical 7:20 in the morning for breakfast until dinner which was at 5:30.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Honestly, it is in the middle of nowhere, there isn't much to describe with the surrounding and town life where the school is. There is a library down the road which I never found to be open. There used to be a pretty good pizza place, but it is gone now. The town of Hardwick is very secluded.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The students were like family to one another. We were all like brothers and sisters. The whole campus was like a giant family. We were one each other and watched us all grow up to be who we are now. The students were loud and crazy and kind of annoying. But you get used to it. Sometimes the school "cafe" which is in the campus center is open, but only for an hour or so. The social life is overall pretty good.

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Eagle Hill School Alumni #1
    Class of 2014
    5 Stars   12/3/2016
    Dean College
    What makes EHS different is the faculty and staff, because they are all like family to the students. They have all seen us through the best and worst of our days and have never given. . .
  • Eagle Hill School Alumni #2
    Class of 2003
    5 Stars   8/27/2008
    Hofstra University
    The Eagle Hill School in Hardwick, MA, is an institution that that stands out among the rest. The faculty at EHS provide their students with the attention and patience that most schools do not or. . .
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