Stuart Hall School - Review #4

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Stuart Hall School

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School: 2005-2008
Sports and Activities:I chose to go to Stuart Hall because they had programs that put emphasis on the arts, which is what I wanted to major in once I graduated high school. I was in the visual arts program, and joined the photography club, one of the many clubs offered at the school, but we were more than welcome to float into other clubs during "club period" to see what they were about. I graduated with high honors and got an award in art when I graduated, though I do not remember the name of the award.
College Enrolled:VCU
Home Town, State: Chesapeake, VA

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
My boarding school was actually co-ed during the academic day, but only girls boarded (though I think now the boarding has become co-ed presently).
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Can't really think of one thing that was the best, there are so many! I did really well in art, and won a lot of art awards and even got to hang some of my work in the Augusta art museum in the town, so that was very cool.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
If I could have changed anything, I would have gone to more social events that the school provided or sent the students to. Dances, mixers, etc. I didn't like them at the time because I'm introverted and didn't find them fun, but I could have been less of a sour puss about it.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The close relationships I gained from being in such a tight knit and familial community. I feel like the friends I've made at boarding school will be friendships I have for life. There was also a very diverse array of students from all over the world and it was amazing to learn about new cultures. International day was one of my favorite days.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Do all the fun events the school has! Meet new people and join all the clubs! You'll learn so much and have so much and have the wonderful memories to look back on.


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Art emphasis was great, but the other academics were great as well. As a prep school, they obviously made sure you were able to write proper papers and pass exams. That being said, they also considered different learning styles from students and that was nice. Everyone learns differently and the school took care of those students.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Average athletics program. I didn't know much about it since I wasn't a sports/athletic type of person.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Great arts program. As I said before, my school had art programs for those who were planning on having art as a career. That included music, visual arts and theater.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There were a ton of clubs that you could join at school. There was a period during one day a week where we had club time for about an hour. I joined photography club, but went to other clubs with friends because you didn't have to be restricted to one club. I often went to the international club.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Only girl boarded, though the academic day was co-ed. I really liked becoming close with girls on dorm, and I ended up making friendships that have lasted until this very day.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Dining consisted of different meals each day with a variety of options, all in a sort of buffet style. My school had a lot of Korean exchange students, so there were also a lot of food options for them as well to make them feel at home, and also encouraged the rest of us to try their food. That was awesome.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Very quaint and beautiful little town. It was definitely a safe area and there were a lot of things to do in the town despite being so small. Everything was within walking distance, which is great because most boarding students didn't have cars and if we wanted to go anywhere, we had to walk most of the time.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I'm an intorvert, but the school was so small that I think there were only around 200 students in total, including lower school, middle and high school, so it was a very tight knit community and you got to know a lot of people very well, and everyone become sort of like family, which is really nice.
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