Loomis Chaffee - Review #30

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Loomis Chaffee

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School: 1976-1980
Sports and Activities:Theater- business manager Glee Club vice president, Band, Printing Club -treasurer student government, tutor intramural sports soccer, basketball, tennis
College Enrolled:Hobart College
Home Town, State: Hartford, CT

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
When I was there it was an all boys school, merged with Chaffee and at the time they were a day school. smooth transition. Small classes and no coed classes until junior year.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The people I met from all over the country. the academic challenge which helped me get into a hood college
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I might have pushed myself into courses that I thought about taking Russian, Greek, Latin, Acting
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Just being there! A wonderful experience. The people I met, the faculty that cared for me!
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
The campus has changed so much in 45 years. I would say find your passion and incorporate into your life there


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I liked the small classes, and a large variety of course offerings. English classes ranged from "Mans Question for meaning in an absurd world", "Comedy", Black Poetry and Drams", "Mass Communication" teacher availability


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Mandatory 4 years if you didn't play varsity sports a very detailed intramural program Sports ranged from riflery, wrestling, tennis, lacrosse, track, and field, soccer. Great coaching staff and faculty-coached intramural.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved it. I was in the orchestra pit for a musical, I was an actor in another production, I was the business manager or another production, I was an officer in the glee club and a member of the band and the male acapella group. I participated in the dance programI like most that I was able to participate and it didn't matter your expertise.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I participated in choral, instrumental, theater and dance. I like the opportunity it gave us to help lead. I took African Dance. I was also tutor to local students.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
friendly, well managed with staff on most floors. rooms were a respectable size and doubles were a good size. Dorm food good, student union was open later for snacks.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
1st two years meals were formal with a master at each table and students served as waiters. meals were family style. after Chaffee moved over, lunches became cafeteria style, but dinners had selected family nights. I liked the family style. Very traditional.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
a five-minute walk into town grocery store, movie theater, restaurants and some shops lots of variety and the bus to Hartford stopped at the entrance to school (5-minute walk) There were major department stores and theater and art events.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
A lot of planned activities. Sports events were made exciting based on traditional rivalries Social activities with other schools. Movies on campus, theater and art exhibits/Cultural events speakers

Daily Schedule:

8:00 AMarrive school
6:00 PMdinner
6:00 PMdinner
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  • Loomis Chaffee Alumni #1
    Class of 2018
    5 Stars   1/13/2020
    Brown University
    Approachable teachers and staff, overwhelming pride in the school from everyone on campus. Close relationship of day students and boarding students. Post graduate students integrated very well into the senior class. . .
  • Loomis Chaffee Alumni #2
    Class of 2018
    5 Stars   8/26/2019
    Hamilton College
    The close-knit campus. The fact that the campus was small (or at least the buildings being so close together) made everyone close like a family. It made my transition from my class with a graduation. . .
  • Loomis Chaffee Alumni #3
    Class of 2018
    5 Stars   6/8/2018
    New York University
    The location of the school definitely shaped the school dynamic of Loomis. It isn’t necessarily isolated but it’s formed in a very large location of its own. As a result, Loomis is very secure for. . .
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