Suffield Academy - Review #4

Suffield Academy
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled University of Miami
Home Town, State (Country) Mystic , CT
Years Attended Boarding School 3
Activities During Boarding School Varsity Football, Golf, Leadership

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
I applaud Suffield on several things but perhaps the most important is the way they have modernized. I have attended other schools that stick to the traditional boarding school model and do not stray an inch. Suffield maintains traditions at the same time adapting to modern day changes. Examples of this include their traditional sit down lunch complimented by a buffet dinner, or the incorporation of their four-year college counseling program.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Suffield gives students the opportunity to grow into adults. You gain a sense of independence with the comfort of knowing you have support if needed.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Much as you find out in college, it is important to get out of your comfort zone. I recommend this from day one for anyone attending Suffield or any other boarding school. Go to the union and talk to people you don't know, try out for a varsity team, eat dinner at a different table than your "norm"
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Majority of the community wanted to be there. This really made a difference. Being surrounded by students and teachers who enjoyed the place where they spent their lives brings out the best in people. Suffield is a happy place which makes learning and living more enjoyable and brings out success.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
If you get in, go. If you go, don’t take those bagels for granted, unless you are going to college in NYC, it is tough to track down a bagel comparable to the snack bar’s.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Academics at Suffield are well structured, there are opportunities to challenge yourself. At the same time the course work is well suited for high levels of comprehension not just high volume of material.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Top notch- at all levels Suffield wins, and simply put, athletics are more enjoyable when you are victorious.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Personally, I was not artistic, however they have a variety of approaches to the arts and it is up to the student to choose their path which I enjoyed. For example their architecture program.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There are plenty of extra-curricular activities to involve yourself in. Personally, I enjoyed the spirit committee, nothing like getting a big pep rally going before a big game.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Underclassmen enjoy excellent living facilities, by the time you reach junior and senior year, you end up living with people you form a brotherly relationship with that lasts well after graduation.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Top notch in all aspects, not too much more can be said.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Proximity to the airport, local restaurants and large retail outlets are at an arm’s reach, it makes a real difference compared to being out in the “sticks”.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
…it doesn’t stop. It is as active as any school I have seen with both boarding and day students. Cliques are not a thing at Suffield, everyone is more or less friends regardless of class, origin or gender.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
7:30 AMWake up/breakfast
8:00 AMClass
2:30 PMLunch
1:30 PMClass
3:30 PMPractice
6:00 PMDinner
7:00 PMSocial
8:00 PMStudy Hall
10:00 PMSocial
10:00 PMLights out
Weekend
8:00 AMClass
12:00 AMLunch
2:00 PMGame Day
7:00 PMDinner
8:00 PMMovies, trip to town, sporting event....endless weekend options
11:00 PMSocialize in the dorms
12:00 PMLights out

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Suffield Academy Alumni #1
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   10/18/2017
    Northeastern University
    It's centralized location to a (sudo) urban city- Hartford while at the same time maintaining the quintessential large open landscape that boarding schools are known for. . .
  • Suffield Academy Alumni #2
    Class of 2015
    5 Stars   6/1/2017
    Tufts University
    Suffield is an extremely tight-knit community. I knew every single person by name and could hold a decent conversation with almost everyone. The teachers are like second parents who will listen to all of your. . .
  • Suffield Academy Alumni #3
    Class of 2015
    5 Stars   12/3/2016
    University of South Carolina
    Mandatory leadership class Freshman and Sophomore years Mandatory work-job for each student as well as mandatory leadership position for seniors. . .
  • Suffield Academy Alumni #4
    Class of 2014
    5 Stars   12/29/2016
    University of Miami
    I applaud Suffield on several things but perhaps the most important is the way they have modernized. I have attended other schools that stick to the traditional boarding school model and do not stray an. . .
  • Suffield Academy Alumni #5
    Class of 2011
    5 Stars   7/19/2011
    Columbia University
    Suffield Academy has the a very close teacher- student relationship. The accessibility of getting extra help or having a adult to talk to is very easy at Suffield. The faculty is very understanding and open. . .
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