Proctor Academy - Review #1

Proctor Academy
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled Montana State University
Home Town, State (Country) Southington, CT
Years Attended Boarding School 2
Activities During Boarding School I came to Proctor mainly to ski race and go abroad. I was a captain on the Eastern Ski Team, and we had (have) our own ski hill on campus with our own Maintenance staff, we were offered state of the art training 6 days a week. We also got to travel to the French Alps for preseason skiing, the Chilean Alps for summer racing, and many different parts of the USA for racing. Proctor allowed me to get the optimum training and coaching to be able to race in college. I also was involved in Soccer, Lacrosse, Cycling, Guiding Tours, was a Dorm Leader, and was voted by my class to be a part of student leadership. I participated in the two week summer service trip to Cambodia with Proctor, and it was the most eye opening experience of my life. We taught english, built homes, experienced the culture, and traveled Southeast Asia. That following fall, I went on Ocean Classroom with Proctor for the fall semester. I lived on a 136 foot historic wooden schooner (sailboat) with 20 other proctor students and 7 crew members. We studied Marine Science, Maritime Literature, Maritime History, and Navigational Seamanship. We traveled from Glouchester, MA, down the coast to the Carolinas, and then crossed the ocean to St. Croix, USVI where we spent three weeks exploring.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Proctor is unique in way too many ways to describe, but I will name a few. First, you get the opportunity to go abroad in high school! A four year student can have the opportunity to go abroad up to three times (we have 5 different Abroad programs) in their Proctor career, in addition to summer service trips offered abroad as well. Our programs are very unique, and my experiences abroad through Proctor most definitely shaped me into the adventurous, caring person I am today. Lastly, the faculty-student relationship is very close. Your teachers, dorm parents, and coaches all prefer to be on first name basis with all of their students. This was one of key factors that allowed me to create such strong relationships with all the faculty members I was involved with, leaving me feeling like I was leaving a family when I graduated.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
As I mentioned before, my experience on both Ocean Classroom and in Cambodia shaped who I am today. I ended up writing my college essay on a revelation I had in Cambodia; I grew to appreciate the small things. Seeing all of the children and adults in the villages so happy with so little monetary worth was such an eye opener. When I got home, I gave away most of my clothes and items that I don't use very much anymore, and I now live a pretty minimalist life. I found that by surrounding myself with people I love instead of things I love is much more important in life. I learned a similar lesson while on Ocean Classroom, except I also fell in love with the ocean. Having an experience this unique in high school ended up landing me an opportunity to be a Watch Captain delivering an 80 foot maxi yacht to the Caribbean my freshman year of College. And from there, I landed a summer job in the Caribbean as a Mate-Medical Officer for Sail Caribbean. I couldn't have done any of this without the amazing opportunities Proctor gave me.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would say spend the first couple of weeks of school being the most social person you can possibly be. Everyone is looking for friends the first few weeks, so you are not alone. Don't spend any time by yourself watching Netflix in your room, ask someone to come get food with you in the Wise Center, play some ping pong with whoever is in there. Once you've settled in, take advantage of absolutely everything at Proctor. You have the opportunity to be the most well rounded person out there, so don't waste however many years you have here!
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I love how Proctor feels like a family. You grow so close to your teachers, dorm parents, coaches, and fellow students. When I graduated from Proctor, I sent out 50 hand written thank you notes to the various faculty that have impacted me during my two years there. I know of many people that did the same. Proctor prepared me so well for surviving both college and adult life, but they didn't prepare me for how much I would miss Proctor!
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Take advantage of the Proctor Woodlands! It is absolutely necessary to take a class with Dave Pilla before you graduate, you will not regret it. He is the most knowledgeable person with everything that involves Mother Earth, and he will tell you all of the beautiful places to visit on the weekends in the Proctor Woodlands.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved the flexibility of academics as a student-athlete. With ski racing we traveled almost every Thursday-Monday in the winters. Since most of our material for classes were online or on our personal iPads, it was very easy to complete my work and submit it while on the road. All of the teachers were very helpful in offering extra help after school and sports hours if I had missed any class time, or just needed clarification. Transferring from my public school to Proctor, my grades increased dramatically even though I was missing more school with skiing. My teachers understood my learning habits because of our small class sizes. It is very easy to get to know your teachers.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved that it was mandatory for everyone to do a sport every season, and we all practiced at the same time every day after class. I was able to participate in sports that I had always wanted to try, since we have such a diversity of sports offered. Since I've graduated, they have added a few more sports too. Each coach I had was motivating, friendly, and understanding of the Proctor lifestyle (as far as completing schoolwork and such). And if you weren't the sporty type, you could be a part of "Woods Team" and work with the notorious teacher Dave Pilla to take care of the Proctor Woodlands.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I spent most of my senior year in the ceramics studio and the photography studio. I took ceramics and black & white film photography, and once you have taken the class you have free reign of the studios. I learned how to develop film photos, and create some pretty cool pieces in the ceramics studio. I must have made up to 100 bowls, mugs, dishes, plates etc. by the time I graduated. I got to take the film camera with me to the French Alps, so I have some beautiful photos that I have developed from there. The teachers in the studios were like mothers to me, I loved hanging out with them on sundays. Proctor really brought out the artist inside me.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Student leadership was so much fun because we could bring up issues that our peers expressed to us, and we could physically do something about it. We got to organize big events like formal in the spring. We also have something called senior project, and your last month of your senior year consists of doing something of interest to you. I spent my senior project observing my Athletic Trainer at Proctor. He taught us how to tape ankles and brought us to some games to be the medic on call, and he organized for me to shadow three ACL surgeries at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital. This senior project alone has managed to nail me quite a few internship and shadowing opportunities with people in the field I'm looking to go into after college.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Our dorms were very spacious, I had no issues with amount of storage nor did my roommate. I loved that we had a dorm parent almost always available to talk to. My dorm parent my senior year was like a second mother to me. We would have dorm meetings after study hall at least once a week and sometimes more. She would always cook something sweet or savory for us, it was a great bonding experience for the dorm. Dorms are very small, usually around 10-15 students, so it really felt like a family.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Since I've graduated they have built a brand new state of the art dining commons, and I've heard the food is absolutely delicious. The food was delicious when I went there, so i cant imagine what it would be like now! The dining hall is always open from I believe 7am- 8pm, so you can come and go without checking in to get some cereal, sandwich, toast, etc. The tables are family style eating, and often times students can eat with their teachers, coaches, advisors if they choose, but since dinner is right after sports time students tend to sit with their teams. You rarely see someone sitting alone, it is a very friendly atmosphere and very cozy.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
There isn't much of a town surrounding Proctor, but that is what I love about it. Proctor owns pretty much all of the woodlands from peak to peak around Proctor. There is so much space to hike, and there is a multitude of swimming spaces in Rivers within walking distance for warmer days, where you will find many students. There will always be people outside in the spring!
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
It was easy to make friends because I was never really in a situation where I was alone. You are constantly surrounded by people in your dorm, in class, at meals, in study hall, and all of these places were often full of different people. As a Proctor student, there is a lot going on in just your day to day business and things to look forward to in the future, you never really run out of things to talk about. Also, everyone at Proctor is from a different town, state, or even country. Every person has so many stories to tell, and it's your job to find your similarities!

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
8:00 AMBreakfast
9:00 AMClass
12:00 AMLunch
1:00 PMClass
3:00 PMSports
5:00 PMDinner
6:00 AMFree time
8:00 PMStudy hall
11:00 PMLights out
Weekend
9:00 AMBreakfast
10:00 AMClass
12:00 AMLunch
1:00 PMSports
3:00 AMFree time
11:00 PMLights out

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Proctor Academy Alumni #1
    Class of 2015
    5 Stars   5/31/2017
    Montana State University
    Proctor is unique in way too many ways to describe, but I will name a few. First, you get the opportunity to go abroad in high school! A four year student can have the opportunity. . .
  • Proctor Academy Alumni #2
    Class of 2015
    5 Stars   6/5/2017
    Queen's University
    Called teachers by their first names. Had 5 unique abroad programs including Mountain Classroom, Ocean Classroom, Proctor en Segovia, Costa Rica and Euro. Also had learning skills. More of an experiential learning school. . .
  • Proctor Academy Alumni #3
    Class of 2015
    5 Stars   3/9/2018
    Saint Michael's College
    Proctor's use of experiential learning really sets it apart from other boarding schools. I took wildlife science and forestry, and we were out in the field many days. As well, I participated in Proctor's Ocean. . .
  • Proctor Academy Alumni #4
    Class of 2013
    5 Stars   6/13/2017
    Endicott
    Not a strict dress code, Call faculty members by first name.. . .
  • Proctor Academy Alumni #5
    Class of 2012
    5 Stars   6/12/2017
    Loyola University New Orleans
    The two factors that made my experience at Proctor Academy so unique were the incredibly high quality recording studio, and travel abroad programs. As a musician, the recording studio set Proctor apart from all. . .
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