Delphian School - Review #3

Delphian School
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Home Town, State (Country) Alamosa, CO
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School Delphian provides many extracurricular activities and requires a lot of them for graduation. In the four years I was a student I was apart of the soccer team, music class, film photography, fine art class, human rights club, student council, choir and varsity softball. I also had the opportunity to go to Chicago and New York on a business field trip touring and meeting with many successful business men and women including meetings at the Chicago board of trade, the New York stock exchange, Goldman Sachs and more.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Delphian encourages their students to pursue what they are passionate about and to actually understand and be able to use their education. They encourage students not to study because they have to pass a test to graduate but to actually learn the curriculum so they can use it in their life. Delphian helps you gain full understanding of all the subjects you study through their unique study methods. These study methods are not only useful in the classroom, I have been able to use them in my life to learn how to do whatever I set my mind to.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I found my integrity at Delphian. I used to be a go with whatever was cool or socially acceptable type of person. Delphian helped me find my voice and helped me to discover who I am and who I wanted to be. The academic studies, extracurricular programs and staff challenged me daily to be a better person, to discover and stand up for my own ideas. We live in a world full of media spin, Delphian taught me to look beyond the spin and beyond the popular opinion to discover for myself. I feel I am a stronger person and a better person because of Delphian.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I wish I would have come earlier in my educational career. I didn't transfer to Delphian till I was 16. I wish I had joined more clubs and been apart of more things. There are so many opportunities provided by Delphian, take advantage of all of them. Also, I wish I would have done more internships while I was a student.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I loved the education I received, the memories and friendships I'll keep forever.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
The 2W dorm is the most convenient but the Dragon lounge dorms have the best view. Brownie night is the best in the dining room, DON'T MISS IT! Don't be afraid to ask for more responsibility or ask to be put on student council projects that interest you.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The academics are very personal, the classes are cozy and the staff to student ratio is small. The workload is heavy but there is a lot of support from the staff and teachers. There is also a lot of responsibility given to the students for their education to help them become adults who can properly organize and run their lives by they graduate. In addition to usual academic subjects special attention is given to literature including the classics such as Shakespeare and Plato as well as poetry. There are organizational courses on how to plan and organize your life or future business to run successfully. There is also a particularly wonderful course on the classical religions of the world done at the end of senior year. It covers the common faiths that make up the religions of this world and really helps to broaden your perspective on the subject of religion and to increase understanding.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Delphian is a small school which allows for the students to participate in many sports. There is a strong feeling of team on the field or court or diamond (depending on the sport). Coaches work to give each player playing time so they can increase their skill rather than benching players with no skills. The school has an indoor and outdoor track, baseball field, softball field, tennis court, basketball court and weightlifting room with a rock climbing wall. Students are required to participate in one season of the sport of their choosing.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The Delphian visual arts program helped me to become an artist. I now have a profession in marketing and design. Before I came to Delphian I had this idea that I couldn't draw, because I didn't already know how to. I couldn't be an artist, because I wasn't already an artist. Delphian changed that for me. Their art program is so supportive, helping students like myself take the steps needed to become the artist I wanted to be. I learned how to draw, paint and how to be an artist. More importantly, I learned how to take the plunge into an artistic field and to not be scared to try something new because I don't already know how to do it. I use this both in my artistic endeavors and in everyday life. In addition to arts classes I also participated in the theater program both for their annual thanksgiving and end of year productions every year. I thoroughly enjoyed the arts programs while I was a student.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I was on student council for three of my four years as a student. We worked with the staff to organize weekly activities for the weekends, off campus field trips and on campus events. The student council also worked to promote recycling and conservation measures around the school including reducing the amount of food wast in the dining room. We also worked to make sure the school was kept clean and looking good as a pride point of the student body.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Living in the dorms was such a fun experience for me. I met my two very best friends because they were assigned to be my roommates my first year. We hardly ever had conflicts but when we did they were handled very smoothly by the staff and we went back to being best friends. There was always plenty of storage and closet space despite the three of us having an amazing amount of clothing!

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining at Delphian is cafeteria buffet style. The staff often dine with the students as well. There are always lots of options and alternatives in addition to the main course served. Outside of scheduled meal times there is a snack room with fresh fruit and sandwich makings. In the evenings there is also the recreation room store which has snack options such as pizza, burritos and other snacks in addition to school and personal supplies.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
There are many small towns within driving distance of the school. McMinnville has lots of shopping and dining opportunities that were always fun when we would visit. Also Portland is not a far drive and has lots of fun things like museums, shops, food and cultural events.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Delphian doesn't allow cliques or petty drama and bullying. The student body is like a big family of friends. I have so many people I stay in contact with even after school because we made such strong friendships while at school.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
8:30 AMAcademic Classes
10:15 AMBreak
10:30 AMAcademic Classes
12:15 AMLunch
1:15 PMAcademic Classes
3:00 PMChoir
4:00 PMYoga
5:00 PMArt
6:00 PMDinner
6:45 AMStudy Hall
Weekend
10:00 AMBrunch
11:00 AMStudy Hall
2:00 PMSnack
2:15 PMHang out in Rec Room
5:00 PMDinner
7:00 PMStudent council weekend activity

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Delphian School Alumni #1
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   4/29/2017
    Internship at Riding Academy in Los Angeles
    I loved how every teacher there was your friend. They honestly cared how you were doing, that you had full understanding of all the subjects you were studying and especially that you had a purpose. . .
  • Delphian School Alumni #2
    Class of 2011
    5 Stars   4/29/2017
    None
    The Delphian School is an amazing place. Between the gorgeous campus, the proficiency based educational model and the fantastic opportunities it provides for it's students, it's truly a one of a kind place. One aspect. . .
  • Delphian School Alumni #3
    Class of 2010
    5 Stars   4/29/2017
    Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
    Delphian encourages their students to pursue what they are passionate about and to actually understand and be able to use their education. They encourage students not to study because they have to pass a test. . .
  • Delphian School Alumni #4
    Class of 2010
    5 Stars   2/1/2011
    Musicians Institute
    Delphian is an incredible school! One of the things I noticed when I first came here was the responsibility level of the students. They are so capable of doing things such as running an. . .
  • Delphian School Alumni #5
    Class of 2009
    5 Stars   2/1/2011
    Seton Hall University
    There are several aspects of the Delphian School which made it unique. However, one aspect that I think is a major advantage of the Delphian education is the location of the campus. Located on a. . .
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