Suffield Academy - Review #1

Suffield Academy
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled Northeastern University
Home Town, State (Country) Los Angeles, CA
Years Attended Boarding School 3
Activities During Boarding School Varsity Tennis, Varsity Squash, theatre, RA (2 years)

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
It's centralized location to a (sudo) urban city- Hartford while at the same time maintaining the quintessential large open landscape that boarding schools are known for.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I became an adult at Suffield. Simple as that. There were metaphoric "security nets" in place if you were having trouble with a subject or detention if you messed up but for the most part, Suffield provided me with the foundation I needed to grow.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have started freshman year instead of sophomore.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The family ties that were formed. The positive attitude that enveloped the school coupled with the dedicated leadership of our headmaster Mr. Cahn.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Get a bagle at the student store. You won't regret it.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Everything is open to discussion. From math to English to athletics- there wasn't a teacher or faculty member that I felt I couldn't open up to. Separately, the diversity of classes which were offered were incredible. I could have my honors English class in the morning then have my forensics class in the afternoon. How many other schools offer that?

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
There was something for everyone and every sport was supported by the entirety of the whole school. When I attended, one of our strongest sports was riflery and when those victories were announced, there was the same sense of pride and excitement as when our football team won state champs.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I took part in the theater program and even directed my own play. Regardless of having little to no experience beforehand, the teachers gave me the support and tools necessary to put on a great show!

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved being an RA at Suffield. It was a highly coveted leadership position at the school and for two years it gave me the opportunity to be a liaison between faculty and students. That leadership role also allowed me to interact and befriend may people who I otherwise would have never had the opportunity to interact with.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life has its ups and downs. Pro: you're living with your best friends all year round. Con: you're living with your best friends all year round. During the winters, days are short and tensions tend to be shorter but living in a dorm prepares you for college in a way no class or formal discussion could.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
If you wanted breakfast, it was available to you. If you wanted to sleep in you could. Game. Set. Match.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Honestly one of the best things about the school. I went to a Jr. Boarding school before Suffield where I had to get on a bus for 20 mins just to get to a Cvs but not so at Suffield. You could walk to get a haircut, get ice cream with friends, watch a movie at the end field mall. You had choices and freedom.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
You get to know the people you live with very well. Their quirks and behaviors. This did cause a sudo divide between day and boarding students simply because the boarders knew each other more intimately because we were spending every waking moment together.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
Weekend
9:00 AMClasses
1:00 PMSports
7:00 PMDinner and relaxation

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Suffield Academy Alumni #1
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   10/18/2017
    Northeastern University
    It's centralized location to a (sudo) urban city- Hartford while at the same time maintaining the quintessential large open landscape that boarding schools are known for. . .
  • Suffield Academy Alumni #2
    Class of 2015
    5 Stars   6/1/2017
    Tufts University
    Suffield is an extremely tight-knit community. I knew every single person by name and could hold a decent conversation with almost everyone. The teachers are like second parents who will listen to all of your. . .
  • Suffield Academy Alumni #3
    Class of 2015
    5 Stars   12/3/2016
    University of South Carolina
    Mandatory leadership class Freshman and Sophomore years Mandatory work-job for each student as well as mandatory leadership position for seniors. . .
  • Suffield Academy Alumni #4
    Class of 2014
    5 Stars   12/29/2016
    University of Miami
    I applaud Suffield on several things but perhaps the most important is the way they have modernized. I have attended other schools that stick to the traditional boarding school model and do not stray an. . .
  • Suffield Academy Alumni #5
    Class of 2011
    5 Stars   7/19/2011
    Columbia University
    Suffield Academy has the a very close teacher- student relationship. The accessibility of getting extra help or having a adult to talk to is very easy at Suffield. The faculty is very understanding and open. . .
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