Tabor Academy - Review #2

Tabor Academy
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled Northeastern University
Home Town, State (Country) Marion , MA
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School In my time at Tabor, I played two seasons on the JV Girls Tennis Team, did drama for 8 seasons, musical for 4 seasons, wind ensemble for 2 years, and Ceramics for 2 years. I was a peer counselor, tour guide, and participated one year in student council.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
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 academic buildings, and living on a beautiful and well maintained campus. Two, we get to participate in an amazing marine science program, including astronomy and navigation, lifeboatmen coarses, marine biology courses, ship design courses, schooner trips to the Caribbean for research, the offering of Naval Honors, and more.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
My biggest personal growth at boarding school was finding my independence and sense of self. Tabor was an environment for me where I was allowed to explore my interests and the opportunities that came with them without fear of being judged. It's such a supportive environment. I really feel like I grew into my personal interests and came to peace with who I was and what I loved to do at boarding school.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would've been less timid! Everyone at boarding school is in the same boat- we were all in a new, scary place not knowing anyone. We're all in this together!!! I would've stuck out my hand to more people and introduced myself. Shyness is just a barrier- when I overlooked it I made lifetime friends!
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I loved the community feel the most. Teachers, students, faculty- we were all a family, supporting each other and commending each other's accomplishments. No way I would've accomplished the things I had done at Tabor without 500+ family members supporting me the whole way.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Check out the waterfront/Marine science!!!!! Best and most beautiful places on campus- not to mention extremely unique to Tabor!

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
One of my favorite and a very unique aspect about Tabor is it's close teacher student relationships. Because of the small class sizes, the classes were very discussion and participation based, which means you didn't only learn from the teacher, but also from your peers. Teachers also have less students at a given time than a teacher who may teach at a school with larger class sizes, which makes them extremely accessible for extra help and any questions that one might have about their class. The accessibility and teaching environment set up by small classes makes Tabor's programs really unique, and allows students to get so much more out of academics- it is a true understanding of the material, rather than just a knowledge of facts.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Though I wasn't much of an athlete at Tabor, I was definitely a Seawolves Super-Fan! I had so much fun being Sammy the Seawolf, our mascot, and just cheering at all of the games in general. It is so fun to see so many students at all of the games, no matter what the sport, bringing so much team spirit and enthusiasm to the sidelines. The school spirit was definitely one of my favorite parts of Tabor!

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The Arts facilities were where I spent the majority of my Tabor career, and they really became a home for me. I participated in the performing arts all four years of my Tabor experience, and it was always so much fun because, especially in the acting classes and after school activities, you'd see the familiar faces, but you'd also see many new people each season. Maybe an athlete, or a musician, or someone you wouldn't expect to try drama. But most people who tried it ended up loving it, so when we did get new people it was so much fun. Not only did you get a variety of experience levels, but you'd also get a really diverse and fun group of people and interests. This also goes for my experience in the visual arts. I did Ceramics my last two years at Tabor, and I found it so fun to see who else would be in the studio during the day- often people who I didn't expect! Tabor does have an artistic requirement, but I think a lot of people who tried a class simply to fulfill their art credit requirements found themselves loving what they tried so much that they stuck with it, which means there is also a very diverse and fun crowd in the visual arts as well. I'd say that this goes for all the arts. People are so willing to try them, that it's common and very fun to see a new face on the stage, dance floor, or in the studio!

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
My favorite extracurricular on campus was Nightingales, an all female a capella group that I participated in. There are many choral groups on campus, including two student led a capella groups. I was lucky enough to participate for three years, and it was so much fun. It was really cool to see what an independent group of students could do when they worked hard and had fun with some awesome music.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I was a day student at Tabor, but I was often referred to as a "pretend boarder" because I was on campus so often- in fact I spent a lot of weekends staying overnight in the dorms. It was fun for me to experience dorm life. There were dorm parents on duty at all hours, and living in the dorms. There are common rooms in each dorm, where students would hang out with friends, watch movies, and more. Everyone in the dorms were all really good friends as well, they all got very close from living with one another.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining hall has the best food- I had the option as a day student to eat at home and I often still ate at school anyway. There was no assigned seating, buffet style, all you can eat food (included in tuition, no payment made in the dining hall). It was also open all day for snacks, cereal, PB&J's, etc. Every year we'd have international dinners where international students would cook traditional foods from their countries and share with the rest of the school- so much fun.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Marion is such a cute town. It's on the ocean, with beaches a five minute walk away. It also has multiple really cute restaurants within walking distance, a few convenience stores and more. There was also trips every weekend to neighboring towns, Boston or Providence, and more- it's a close drive to many cool places.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved how, because there were so many things to try at Tabor, I got to meet people across so many areas. I became friends with people who do sports, arts, and everything in between, not to mention of all races, genders, and from countries around the world. I met so many remarkable people, and my peers were always doing amazing things with their education- so many people to look up to and befriend! 500 people is pretty small, everyone at Tabor knows everyone!

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
8:00 AMClasses start
9:45 AMBreak for meetings, All School Meeting, or Chapel
10:45 AMClasses resume
12:00 AMBreak for Lunch
3:15 PMClasses finish
3:45 PMAfternoon activities begin
5:30 PMAfternoon activities end
6:00 PMDinner, any night meetings
8:00 PMStudy hall
10:00 PMStudy hall end
Weekend

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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