Christchurch School - Review #3

Christchurch School
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled Ohio Wesleyan University
Home Town, State (Country) Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Years Attended Boarding School 2
Activities During Boarding School In my two short years at Christchurch I had the opportunity and privilege of playing on the soccer, indoor soccer and lacrosse teams while being a captain of the lacrosse team my Senior Year. I also was able to explore my writing and photography interests as a contributor and editor of the yearbook and school newspaper. Lastly, I was exposed to the Christchurch's Marine Science program which eventually led me to a fulfilling career in environmental sciences.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Christchurch helps all of their students truly find out "who they are" and what their strengths are. As a college and life preparatory environment, Christchurch succeeds in every way preparing their family of students to be successful, and valuable members of our communities.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Without a doubt, I believe the boarding school life at Christchurch prepared me for college life in a way that many of my peers who did not have this experience didn't have. I believe I entered college with not only a true sense of who I was and all that I could accomplish, but also with a rich moral compass and stong sense of values.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would encourage any students going to boarding school to get to know students from far away places and to step out of their comfort zones and experience new opportunities you probably wouldn't have access to at home. Take the time to truly discover "who you are" and what makes you tick.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Because of the opportunities that presented themselves at boarding school, I took great pride in the positive sense of self-confidense that I developed at Christchurch.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Christchurch is fabulous place to call home while in high school. The campus offers many opportunities to enrich your highschool experience. That being said, take advantage of as many opportunities as you can to travel from school with other students to places both near and far from school. Whether it is a canoe trip on one of the near by tributaries or school-sanctioned trip to Asia, get out there!

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The teaching methods at Christchurch differed from other schools I attended in that I learned how to find, analyze and apply information rather than just memorize it. This method truly prepared me for the rigors of undergraduate and graduate studies later on.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The concept of "team" is part of the culture throughout the Christchurch community. When you play for a team at Christchurch you are not just a member of the football squad or sailing team but rather a representative of the Christchurch family. The values that are part of all aspects of the Christchurch high school experience are the values that bring out the best in ALL their athletes. The diversity of available sports and co-curriculars ensured that all students they belonged.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
While at many schools, the participation in visual arts, music and theater becomes a separate community within the school, at Christchurch, the entire student body feels a connection, whether they are participating or not.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Being able to get out and practice Marine Biology in the diverse habitat that is Christchurch's backyard gives students a sense of belonging to the environment they are so fortunate to be surrounded by. To add to that, Christchurch ensures that there are many opportunities to volunteer in the nearby towns of Urbana and Saluda.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
As a young adult, the dorm life at Christchurch gave me one of my first true opportunities to feel that I was connected to something more than just my world as I knew it. Having friends from not only around the entire country, but also the world, all connected to the culture of family that is part of dorm-life at Christchurch prepared me to be part of any team I came across after high school.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The food offerings at Christchurch were both healthy and diverse. I had the opportunity to try and develop tastes for foods from different regions and cultures. Can you say Oysters!

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The proximity to not only the culturally and bio-habitat diverse Chesapeake region as well as the Metropolis of Washington D.C. provides all students with opportunities to enrich themselves in ways they may not have in the places they call home.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Inclusion! Cliques and selective friend groups were non-existent at Christchurch High school. Everybody is a member of the family.

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  • Christchurch School Alumni #1
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   5/31/2017
    Radford University
    Our focus is revolved around the health of the Chesapeake Bay especially the Rappahannock River. We have a Cans for Oyster drive where we plant oyster seeds in the mouth of the river to clean. . .
  • Christchurch School Alumni #2
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   8/2/2017
    Wesley Theological Seminary
    I attended Christchurch School (CCS) from 1973 - 1976. I was one of the first African American students to attend and the seventh black to graduate from the school. I graduated with the distinct honor. . .
  • Christchurch School Alumni #3
    Class of 1988
    5 Stars   6/5/2017
    Ohio Wesleyan University
    Christchurch helps all of their students truly find out "who they are" and what their strengths are. As a college and life preparatory environment, Christchurch succeeds in every way preparing their family of students to. . .
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