Canterbury School - Review #1
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2007-2011|
|Sports and Activities:||Football, lacrosse, wrestling, basketball, managed girls jv hockey (Junior & Senior year). Theater tech (crew chief), proctor for freshman and sophomore boys (senior year) work study|
|College Enrolled:||Norwich University|
|Home Town, State:||Sandwich, MA|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Great school, required to play a sport for all 3 seasons which kept you buys. Teaching was great with small class sizes. More attention from the teachers
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Football was a great part of my high school time. The program was good and competitive, won an award my senior year for dedication to the program. And being part of theater tech which helped me meet different students in the school who I wouldn't normally hang out with.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Don't be nervous or scared being away from home. There are a lot of activities you can get involved with and meet some new friends. Being required to play sports help you meet people as well. Use your time to be productive and don't stay in your room too much
4.) What did you like most about your school?
School was fun and a great experience and really helped with me preparing for college. A lot of different people were there to offer their insight on what to look at in a school. The people there were great and made the experience worth it in the end
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Not sure if the annual snow fight still happens between Havemeyer and Sheehan dorms (Boys upper classmen dorms) but that is fun to watch regardless. Hockey games are fun to watch in the winter and the hot chocolcate at the NAF is delicious
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Lots of options available with getting involved outside of class. School offered three annual service trips for volunteer work. I did the volunteer trip to Lourdes France through the school
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Freshman and sophomore dorms were all single rooms. Nice feature to have your own space, dorm activities during the weekends were fun and dorm nights were great. Monthly dorm nights to have everyone involved was always fun. There was always some sort of weekend activities going on. Upper classmen dorms were also mostly singles. It was very rare occurrence to be stuck with a roommate if you had to have one
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
New Milford was a nice area, there were local shops within walking distance of the school and a movie theater. The school would offer hourly shuttles on Sunday afternoons to Walmart and other surrounding stores for any students who needed to get something.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Social life was fun. With Saturday nights off you were able to hangout in other dorms and relax after the week. Week nights mostly consisted of study hall and practice. Made a lot of great friends who I still keep in contact with. There was a lot of diversity from other students around the world
|9:30 AM||Morning Meeting|
|7:30 PM||Check In for Study Hall (Sunday through Friday)|
|10:30 PM||Bed Time/Lights Out|
|12:00 AM||Sports Game in applicable depending on level|
|11:00 PM||Check In|
What prompts somebody to start a boarding school? The motives range from idealism to munificence right on through to capitalism. The common thread seems to be ample capital and a vision of what education can do.
Social media is an essential part of a boarding school's marketing strategy
Parents considering schools should read New York Times columnist Frank Bruni's book about college admissions entitled Where You Go Is Not Who You Will Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania. Much of what he says applies in the private K-12 world.