Tabor Academy - Review #4

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Tabor Academy

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School: 2012-2016
Sports and Activities:Cross Country (Team Captain) Newspaper (Editor in Chief) Proctor Academic Honor Committee Photopool Track
College Enrolled:UC Berkeley
Home Town, State: New Bedford, MA

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
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 way that few high schoolers can. It adds both to the beauty and functionality of the school, and is one of the aspects of Tabor I miss most.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The best part of boarding school for me, and many others, are the connections with teachers and faculty. Tabor is unique in its size and ability to cultivate deep, personal connections between students and faculty. Never before and never since have I had so many adults care about me, encourage me to grow, and shape me into the person I am today. My advisor, teachers, coaches, and even people in the administration are still very close to me, and I credit them with a lot of my success and growth in boarding school and beyond.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have tried more things. Tabor creates a comfortable environment where it is okay to fail, because you always have someone picking you up. I wish I had gotten involved in more activities and electives that I didn't realize were so special to the school, like ceramics or marine science.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The most impactful part of Tabor was the people and experiences that prepared me exceptionally for the challenges of higher education. Now that I attend a large school with no safety net and endless career and academic options in front of me, I am thankful that I had the preparation and personal growth to feel that I can handle the challenges ahead.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Make at least one teacher friend who is willing to drive you to Uncle Jon's during a free block to get a cup of coffee.


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
For those students who wish to be challenged and pushed in their academic life, the opportunities are there. Tabor has some incredible classes with thoughtful, involved, creative teachers that are deeply invested in the students' success and growth. There are also opportunities, however, to take the "easy way out" in academics, and not strive for more or push yourself further. I grew as a writer, thinker, scientist, and speaker at Tabor, because I wanted to put the effort in and because I sought out classes that would force me to grow. It is easy to find ways to be challenged, but only if the student is dedicated.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I came into Tabor never having defined myself as an athlete. I joined cross country because I needed a sport to satisfy the athletic requirement, and the team quickly became my family. I developed a deep love for running, made friendships I still hold dear today, and gained a coach who cared about me both in and out of a cross country setting. The team mentality is very strong at Tabor, and being able to work towards a goal with a team was something I had rarely experienced before. For many, Tabor life centers around athletics–Saturday bus rides to games, long practices, the growth and camaraderie that comes from that. Your team often becomes some of your best friends, but even for those like me who didn't expect to be athletes at Tabor, there is a place and a sport for everyone to enjoy.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I was involved in Photopool, an after school activity which involves taking pictures of events, games, performances, and more. I also took a lot of Photo classes at Tabor, and learned how to use a darkroom and shoot with old film cameras. Through photopool, which was incredible on its own, I got the chance to witness a lot of the behind-the-scenes of plays and art exhibits because I shot them during the year. I got to watch artists work at the ceramics wheel and see actors practicing solos, and witness the passion with which a lot of my close friends practiced their arts. The ceramics program is especially popular, and many of my friends in the visual arts ended up going to art school to pursue their dreams. While sometimes less visible on campus, the arts have a strong contingent of talented students and professors creating great work.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Tabor life is very scheduled--everyone has to have a sport or an after school every season--so it is sometimes hard to cultivate student-run organizations. I loved the after school activities that I was a part of, which were Cross Country, Photopool, the newspaper, and Track. These activities all keep students very busy and give them a chance to bond with people while exploring something they really love. There are options from working on the Tabor Boy, our large sailing vessel, to doing after school ceramics, to practicing sports at all levels. It does, however, leave for little time to do activities outside of extracurriculars and homework.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I was a day student, so did not live in the dorms.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
There were always a lot of options. Salad bar, panini press, main dish, pasta, soup, etc.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Marion is a very quiet town, with few activities nearby. There are a couple good restaurants, but mainly students stay on campus when in Marion.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Tabor is a small enough school that you will always see someone that you know while walking down the hall. It is definitely a close-knit community, but not so small that you are not able to expand your circle and meet new people each year. In a lot of cases, people build their main friend group through their extracurricular activities, and to a lesser extent through their classes.
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  • Tabor Academy Alumni #1
    Class of 2017
    5 Stars  
    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  
    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  
    Boston College
    I had an amazing four years boarding at Tabor. What really separates Tabor from any other school is it's location. Being located right on Sippican Harbor allows the students to have so many. . .
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