Foxcroft School - Review #4

Foxcroft School
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled Tufts University
Home Town, State (Country) Unionville, PA
Years Attended Boarding School 3
Activities During Boarding School I played soccer, tennis and lacrosse. I was also head of the outdoors club and Head Prefect.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The Fox/Hound tradition at Foxcroft is perhaps the most unique aspect of the school. It's something that encourages students to give their all outside of academics and fosters a loyalty to the school that is unparalleled. The sleeping porches are another great part of Foxcroft. Though they're much nicer now than when I was there, I found it very helpful to have the place that I slept in a separate room from where I did a fair amount of school work.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
When I arrived at Foxcroft, I was insecure and didn't think I was particularly intelligent. When I graduated, I was Head Prefect (one of the top leadership positions in the school), had been inducted into the Cum Laude Society, was an AP Scholar with Honors, and Varsity Soccer captain. While there is no one specific thing that "happened" to me at Foxcroft, it was a place that encouraged me to reach my full potential.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Talk to everyone when you first get to school, even if it terrifies you. Everyone else is just as scared and you never know who you might end up having a great conversation with. And call home more often, your parents will appreciate it.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The weeping cherry trees blooming in the spring. As trivial as that may seem, it's one of the most beautiful things in the world.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
The Reeeses cups at the PX are the main reason I was never stick thin at Foxcroft. That and Miss Barton's monkey bread is to die for

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Foxcroft was a challenging school but if you felt like you needed an additional challenge, the teachers were usually more than happy to accommodate you. I took Art History as an independent study my senior year and it working one-on-one with my teacher was an incredible experience--I ended up majoring in the subject in college.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Foxcroft does require that you participate in some athletic activity but I think that helps strengthen the sense of community between the students and faculty. The new gym is outstanding and Foxcroft consistently ranks high in their athletic division. Foxcroft's riding department is also exceptional and allows students to spend the winters in Florida competing at Wellington.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Foxcroft has a strong tradition of supporting the arts. I only participated in the visual arts but I enjoyed the teachers and curricula thoroughly.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved that we all had the opportunity to explore Foxcroft's 500 acre campus with the outdoors club, improve our cooking skills with the cooking club, and learn about other cultures with the International Club.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The sleeping porches are one of the most unique aspects of the school and I can't stress how wonderful they were. It was the perfect way to separate your sleeping quarters from your working quarters (which is not the case at most boarding schools).

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining hall is in a gorgeous old building that was once belonged to a cousin of George Washington. Seated lunches were a wonderful way to get to know other students and faculty members.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Middleburg is a very quaint (but still kind of ritzy) town that centers around horses. Foxcroft itself is on a 500 acre campus outside of Middleburg so it is relatively isolated. That said, the campus is beautiful and there are always weekend activities and trips into Middleburg.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Because Foxcroft was a girls' school, I found that girls were far kinder than they were at my co-ed middle school. It also helped empower girls to take on leadership roles. When I was at Foxcroft, I never felt unwelcome to sit at a table or not cool enough to talk to an upper class man

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
4:00 PMPX closes!
5:30 PMDinner in Brick House
7:00 PMStudy Hall
Weekend
8:00 AMBreakfast
11:00 AMBus to Middleburg

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  • Foxcroft School Alumni #1
    Class of 2014
    5 Stars   1/16/2017
    Gettysburg College
    Located a short 10-minute drive from the luxurious small town of Middleburg, VA; Foxcroft School is the heart of a place that makes positive upbringing of their students the center of their priority. With special. . .
  • Foxcroft School Alumni #2
    Class of 2014
    5 Stars   3/19/2015
    Lynchburg College
    Foxcroft School is a place of sisterhood and traditions, which is pretty fitting seeing as it just celebrated 100 years in 2014. There are many traditions that stems from years of culture and beliefs. The. . .
  • Foxcroft School Alumni #3
    Class of 2014
    5 Stars   3/19/2015
    UCLA
    First of all this is an all girls boarding school with very rich tradition and uniqueness of the Fox-hound community that creates a very strong between friends and school faculty. This bond forms a family. . .
  • Foxcroft School Alumni #4
    Class of 2009
    5 Stars   5/31/2017
    Tufts University
    The Fox/Hound tradition at Foxcroft is perhaps the most unique aspect of the school. It's something that encourages students to give their all outside of academics and fosters a loyalty to the school that. . .
  • Foxcroft School Alumni #5
    Class of 2008
    5 Stars   2/27/2013
    University of Southern California
    Foxcroft School is unique in that it provides an all-girl educational environment that allows girls to freely express themselves without having to worry about what other boys might think. Girls are encouraged to become leaders. . .
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