American Hebrew Academy - Review #1

American Hebrew Academy
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Home Town, State (Country) Greensboro, NC
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School Student Government, Social Action Board, Special Olympics Games Management Team, Hot Dish for Hope, one theater production each year, Resident Adviser.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
First of all, AHA is a Jewish school. Not only is it Jewish, but it is also not affiliated with any sect or branch of Judaism. The school is accepting of all traditions and customs and embraces any and every student, giving each an opportunity to practice as they choose. Next, all of the classrooms have round tables. This means that no student sits in the front or the back; everybody sits together and learns using discussion and conversation. This gives each student an equal opportunity to learn as well as to voice their opinion. Over all, AHA is a diverse place with accepting and bright teachers and students.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The best thing that happened to me was becoming a Resident Adviser my Senior year. It was an incredible opportunity to help other students who are going through struggles that I went through as a Junior. I feel like at AHA I grew socially as well as academically, getting a Student Life award for always being positive and helpful. If I were at another bigger school, my achievements would not be recognized as much and I might have even felt like my efforts were going to waste. I'm glad I had AHA to build me up and give me the confidence and skills I need for college.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have gotten my work done ahead of time instead of waiting until the last minute. Boarding school is a lot of fun and you always have your friends around, but you need to learn how to balance all of that fun and excitement with your work load and other requirements! It teaches you LOTS of independence figuring that balance out all on your own (with the help of teachers and advisers of course)!
4.) What did you like most about your school?
My favorite thing about AHA was being with my friends on the weekends. Shabbat (Saturday) is a lot of fun when you take the time to relax and get to know people even better than you already do. I loved how close everyone was and how there was always someone to say hi to!
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
AHA. IS. THE. BEST. SCHOOL. EVER. It will be your home and your family. You will grow to love it so much and miss it when you go home on breaks. A pro tip is to keep food in your room for late study nights. Also, hanging out on the soccer field at night and looking at the starts is a must. Get involved in something you've never tried before and expand your horizons!

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The academics at AHA are incredible. All of the teachers are bright, caring and willing to help. Class is discussion based which means teachers can teach detailed and complicated material effectively. As the classes are challenging and tailored to each students needs, the workload is also pretty heavy. But everything is manageable due to mandatory study time each night (usually from 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM) to allot students specific time to study amidst extracurricular sports and activities. Overall, the students are helpful and supportive of one another and do not try to bring each other down, rather to help their peers.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
There is a mandatory sports credit to get every year which you can get in a multitude of ways. I personally did after school fitness and worked out in the gym. Other students play on varsity sports teams or participate in swing dancing or boating and sailing to get their credits. Our teams and coaches are top of the line and very enthusiastic about the teams working together as a family. We also had state of the art facilities such as an indoor basketball court, half sized olympic pool, rock climbing wall, tennis courts, a baseball field, a softball field, and two soccer fields. The only issue would be that due to the small student body, all of the students are in sports and there aren't too many students who can cheer in the stands.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
All in all, the arts programs were good. There were three plays a year, a comedy, a musical, and another student choice. Teachers offer voice and piano lessons. There are many AP and normal art classes such as drawing, painting, and clay. About half of the student body is involved in the arts.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
All of them are great because they are super tight knit. There are over 30 clubs at AHA and you can easily create a new club if you have 5 people who want to participate and a faculty adviser. The thing I liked most about extracurricular activities at AHA is that there is a big diversity of clubs and organizations (from hiking club, to programming committee, to Student Government)!

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The dorm life at AHA felt like a family. There are two to a room in a house with about 13 rooms. The rooms are very large and spacious and come with a desk, a closet, and a dresser for each student. There is a houseparent in every house as well as a college graduate (fellow) and an associate who does not live in the house on the house team. Students are allowed to have food in their rooms and to organize them however they'd like. The thing I liked the most was the large size of the rooms and how close everyone in the houses is!

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
All food at AHA in the dining hall is Kosher which is great for the Jewish student body. There is breakfast from 7:00-8:30, lunch from 11:30-1:00, and dinner from 5:30-7:30. Students may attend meals whenever they can and would like to. Although students love to complain about food, the food was really good in my opinion. There were always many options for protein, carbs, and fats, as well as a salad bar.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Greensboro is an awesome city! There is a shopping center with a Target less than a mile away from campus. There is also a large shopping center about 3 miles away. There are Shuttles available to these centers and students can also walk to Target or take an Uber/Taxi to surrounding attractions, parks, and restaurants. Overall, there is a lot to do.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Since AHA is a relatively small school, everyone knows each other. That was my favorite thing about AHA. People are always nice and friendly and happy to get to know one another. There are always activities going on on campus as well as options to go off campus with friends.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
7:30 AMBreakfast
8:30 AMAdvisory (Homeroom)
9:00 AMClass
11:30 AMElective
12:15 AMLunch
1:00 PMClass
3:45 PMAfter school fitness
5:00 PMShower
5:30 PMDinner
7:00 PMClub meetings and then homework
Weekend
10:45 AMWake up
11:00 AMBrunch
1:00 PMGo to Target and other Shopping Centers/ hang out
5:00 PMCome back to campus
6:00 PMDinner
7:00 PMHouse meetings

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    First of all, AHA is a Jewish school. Not only is it Jewish, but it is also not affiliated with any sect or branch of Judaism. The school is accepting of all traditions and customs. . .
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