Westtown School - Review #41

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Westtown School
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About the Author:

College EnrolledUCLA
Home Town, State Washington, DC
Years Attended Boarding School4
Activities During Boarding SchoolAmerican Friends Service CommitteeSwim teamPeace advocacy

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
A Quaker education Emphasis on applied spiritual values and social justice Education in current areas like climate change, clean energy and LGBT rights.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Although I am not a Quaker, I have absorbed social values that have remained with me throughout my life. They influenced me in my career as a college professor, they shaped my activities as a social activist, and they have had a powerful influence on my role as a husband and a father. Besides my Mom and Dad, it was my Westtown education that has helped to love and care for people. My wife and I have had 42 wonderful years together, and we are both active in our churches. Now that I am retired, the spiritual values that I obtained from Westtown have helped to pass through the changes in my later life.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I think I would have taken more advantage of the extracurricular activities.My advice is that you don't adequately appreciate the constructive influences of your family and your school until you have later challenges in life.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Aside from my parents, it was the most important single formative experience in my life.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Westtown has changed significantly in the past 60 years, and it currently offers even more than when I was there. Try to appreciate as much as you can, and try to take advantage of as much as you can, and recognize that joy and sorrow are both vital parts of life. But the most important thing that a school like Westtown can leave you with is a strong intellect, and a strong sense of character.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
teachers encouraged class discussions (Teacher Agnes Finnie)in-depth reading and class projects (Master Tom Brown)school-sponsored programs that supported classroom work (Master Al Hay)

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Emphasis on soccer; no football

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I did not participate much in these activities, but they were very extensive.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
We had winter activities like maple syrup making, and social justice projects like Weekend Work Camp

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Students interacted with each other in a democratic sense of community.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Dining room tables were supervised by a teacher who facilitated discussion. Table seating was rotated regularly. Boys and girls interacted.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
We didn't go into town very much, and I didn't mind.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I was not a very social person at this point.

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  • Westtown School Alumni #1
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars  
    Bard College
    Two aspects of Westtown that stand out in particular are its sense of community, and the education driven towards social change. Its sense of community is in part due to the fact that Westtown is. . .
  • Westtown School Alumni #2
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars  
    Bucknell University
    It is a very family oriented place. We're all living, working, and learning and a small space despite the acreage of the campus. Everything that happens at the school falls within a mile and a. . .
  • Westtown School Alumni #3
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars  
    Temple University
    Westtown had an extremely unique sense of community. One thing that helped to foster this was Work Program. This is a system developed at Westtown during World War II when most of the school. . .
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