Tabor Academy - Review #1

Tabor Academy

About the Author:

College Enrolled Middlebury College
Home Town, State (Country) Cazenovia, NY
Years Attended Boarding School 2
Activities During Boarding School I participated in six seasons of theater at Tabor, from main stage to black box I was able to work with multiple talented directors and even produce and direct my own show. I also served as a residential dorm proctor and as a big sister of greater New Bedford.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Tabor Academy's waterfront setting is what makes it so unique. With a strong marine science program and multiple research opportunities, its relation to the water and "school by the sea" motto makes it one of a kind.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Tabor taught me so many things--not just about school and academics, but about myself. I constantly found myself asking questions or asking for help from the trusted adults in the community. I found myself asking my peers for advice when I couldn't navigate a tricky situation. Tabor has nourished my passion for the stage and classroom, I wish I could do it all over again just to be back on that beautiful campus.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
No matter what, try new things. Always push yourself to get out of your dorm and talk to new people. Be kind and offer help to those struggling, Tabor is all about kindness, never forget those times when you needed a friend.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The people, I can't say that enough, the people make Tabor great!
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Wake up for the sunrise and go down to the waterfront with your friends. Go to the library and get to know the librarians. Say hi to everyone you walk by, after all we're all seawolves!


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The academics at Tabor are rigorous and the teachers are engaged. My peers were intellectually curious and always up to date on current events. You essentially chose your own course load at Tabor, and all teachers are willing to help make your schedule the best for you. I often found myself asking my dorm parents or other well respected adults for help in certain academic areas. Every faculty member at Tabor is committed to the student not only learning the material but also developing other life long skills along the way.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I only participated in one season of athletics--I rowed spring of my junior year, because of the passion I had discovered for the theater it was hard for me to be totally invested in something else. Nonetheless, I tried something new and it was rewarding. My teammates were always willing to help me and put in the extra hours when learning a new skill.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I could write forever about the theatre department at Tabor. There is always an opportunity to get your feet wet in any aspect of theatre at Tabor--from fall drama to the winter musical and to one acts in the spring--theatre is a large part of community life at Tabor. This past spring I was able to travel to Europe with the drama department and tour different schools with a show, an opportunity I will never forget.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Community service opportunities at Tabor are plentiful. Tabor truly teaches each student what it means to give back to he community that is constantly giving to them. There are volunteer opportunities weekly and certain days set aside each semester for a school wide day of service. The best part of these days and this work is getting to give back with your peers and learning from each other.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life at Tabor was by far one of my favorite parts of my boarding school experience. I lived in a dorm that housed 11 students--we all became very close and kept a common mindset of inclusion and acceptance throughout the year. My senior year I served as a dorm proctor, my whole dorm would talk nightly with dorm parents and go over daily struggles or triumphs, we would share food and laughs and it really always felt like home.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining hall has options for everyone. With a gluten free section and a wide array of healthy options I always had something to eat. Some of my friends had certain dietary restrictions and the dining hall staff remained in constant contact with them to make sure their needs were being met.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Marion is quiet and cozy. With an awesome sandwich shop and general store right across from an ice cream shop, it is perfect all year. I would run through Marion down to the beach often, it was nice to feel like I was getting away from campus for a little and clearing my head.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Boarding school is a unique experience with a really intimate setting. I was almost always around my peers--from the library to the dining hall, there was always a friend near by. After a while, these friends became family. It was overwhelming at first, being a new junior I was worried about making friends, but the community welcomed me with open arms.

Daily Schedule:

1:00 AMbreakfast
6:00 AMclass
2:00 PMtheater
1:00 AMdinner
1:00 AMrest
2:00 AMstudy
2:00 AMbreakfast
1:00 AMrest
3:00 AMstudy
3:00 AMgames/practice
4:00 AMdinner/hang out

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Tabor Academy Alumni #1
    Class of 2017
    5 Stars   6/16/2017
    Middlebury College
    Tabor Academy's waterfront setting is what makes it so unique. With a strong marine science program and multiple research opportunities, its relation to the water and "school by the sea" motto makes it one of. . .
  • Tabor Academy Alumni #2
    Class of 2017
    5 Stars   6/16/2017
    Northeastern University
    Tabor's campus is on the ocean- the School by the Sea! This means two things. One, we get to enjoy a beautiful view- seeing the ocean through the windows, walking across beautiful green grass between. . .
  • Tabor Academy Alumni #3
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   7/17/2017
    UC Berkeley
    The location on the water is one of the most unique and special parts of Tabor Academy. It enables students to swim in the spring, sail, row crew, and delve into marine science in a. . .
  • Tabor Academy Alumni #4
    Class of 2015
    5 Stars   7/17/2017
    Bucknell University
    One of the most unique aspects of Tabor is the location, while other schools may be close to the water, Tabor is ON the water. This is a great asset to the school in terms. . .
  • Tabor Academy Alumni #5
    Class of 2010
    5 Stars   3/19/2015
    Washington and Lee University
    The location on the Marion waterfront is definitely Tabor's most distinct and unique feature. For any students interested in marine biology, nautical science, or a related field, Tabor offers great courses that take advantage of. . .
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