South Kent School - Review #1
About the Author:
|College Enrolled||American University|
|Home Town, State (Country)||New Haven, CT|
|Years Attended Boarding School||1|
|Activities During Boarding School||Varsity Soccer|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Every student is required to participate in the Center for Innovation program. The program is designed to encourage students to live sustainably and be aware of their carbon footprint. Twice a week the classes are delivered on a campus owned farm a mile down the road from the main campus and students take courses such as water management, forestry, and carpentry. The boys also learn learn how to run the farm, and manage the crops being grown there and the animals.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I developed a strong sense of service while at the school. South Kent emphasizes giving back, and the curriculum allowed me to engage in community service in a way I hadn't before. I also developed a lot of discipline. The days are packed and start early, the boys have nary a minute of free time, so to thrive I really had to discipline myself and hone my time management skills.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
My main piece of advice is that, like any school, you get out what you put in. South Kent can offer you the world is position yourself to take advantage of it.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The community was incredibly nurturing and is dedicated to drawing out the best in every student. The best aspect of South Kent is how the curriculum is designed to allow every student to express his strengths.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
If given the option, live in Bringhurst, and try fishing in the pond at the entrance of campus.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
South Kent offers a challenging curriculum, and the academics are closely intertwined the Center for Innovation program and Affinity courses. The Affinity courses provide an education outside of the normal realms of academics by encouraging the boys to engage in a service activity of their choosing. The school could be more diverse, although there is plenty of diversity in the experiences offered there.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The athletics at SKS are some of the most competitive in the country. The Boy's prep soccer team is routinely ranked at the top of of national polls and has one at least seven New England Prep School titles. The prep basketball team is also strong, and routinely sends most of its starting to line up to play college basketball and to the NBA. The most recent SKS alum to find success on the court is Isaiah Thomas, who is the starting point guard for the Boston Celtics. Boys are required to do one activity every season, and the boys who are not interested in sports can join do activities like broadcasting group or yoga.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
SKS has a burgeoning Arts program. It has a resident musician on campus and boys can play a pick of instruments. Most boys also take courses in visual arts and once a year the school stages a Christmas play. The school also has a electronic media course that develops their digital artistic skills. Boys can learn filmmaking or photography.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I most enjoyed the film making course. The teacher gave us a lot of flexible to make a movie about what we wanted and I learned a lot of skills that I still use today. The movie I made was also entered in a local film competition. I also enjoyed the Call to Service program. Once a week the boys in this program would go to a Hartford Food pantry and work there for two hours.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
There's a dorm to suit every sort of living preference. I most liked having a single in Bringhurst. Bringhurst is a small dorm at the top of the hillside. It offers an expansive view and is at the edge of the forest. I also liked the late night food cafe, known as "The Perch". The perch has a wide selection and any boy can go down there between study hall and lights out to a get a snack.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Every lunch is a formal meal where you sit with your assigned table. You develop a close bond with your table mates during your time together. A lot of the food is sourced from the student-run farm, which makes meals not only a bit healthier, but also rewarding knowing you had a hand in putting the food on the table.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Kent is a beautiful town. There are many coffee shops to go to on the weekend and is incredibly scenic. Parents love to visit their kids so they can stroll around town and go antique shopping.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I like the close knit community we had. South Kent is a small school, and you develop a relationship with everybody. We also had many social events with the girls schools in the area such as Emma Willard, Ethel Walker, and Miss Porter's.
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