Stuart Hall School - Review #7

Read more details about Stuart Hall School on their 2020 profile page.
Stuart Hall School

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School: 1983-1985
Sports and Activities:Choir, theater, social committee, cross country, field hockey, was published in the school magazine for a poem along with other students.
College Enrolled:Emory & Henry
Home Town, State: Roanoke, VA

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Stuart Hall ("Stu") is co-ed and has both a boarding and day school option. It covers the entire educational spectrum from K-12 in a historic setting (founded in 1844) in the small town of Staunton, Virginia. The advantage of a safe community coupled with interesting restaurants, history, shops and friendly people, make it a perfect place to get a quality boarding school education.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I loved making great friends that lasted me a lifetime, felt more prepared for living on my own in college, and got to be a part of a wonderful and historical family of students that goes back to 1844!
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have just done the things that interested me, kept my room neater so I wouldn't have as many demerit points and miss out on week-end trips, LOL!
4.) What did you like most about your school?
History and Location tie for first.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
The park is great (hopefully still safe), and make sure to check out the local gourmet sandwich shops and Rita's Cantina if it's still there- great Mexican food and they treated students well!


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Loved the low student:teacher ratio (~ 8:1) as well as the small class sizes (~ 15). They had great teachers who really poured into each student. They encouraged competition but in a healthy, balanced way. We also had a small magazine published with our written works that we did, which gave the students pride in their accomplishments.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
It was mandatory at the time to have a certain number of electives, with at least 2 being physical (either aerobics, cross-country, etc.) Basketball, Cheerleading, Field Hockey, Dance, Aerobics, Cross-Country, Soccer, Riding, etc. some of the offerings.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I participated in the theater program for one semester. We had an instructor who was top -notch and we even assisted in making the program and doing stage set-up.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Liked the opportunities to work in a team-like fashion with other classmates to achieve a student/school benefiting outcome.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Loved the friendships and feeling of camaraderie. We also had dorm parents (teachers/college students) who looked out for us to keep things running smoothly. It prepared us for college campus life. They were flexible in rooming situations and tried to make compatible pairings. Vending machines were available for late-night snacks if needed.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
We had family-style buffet dining most nights. It was nice to sit at a round table with your friends. We had a time period in which we could eat (1 hour) and so we just needed to make sure we made it down to the cafeteria within that time-frame. No assigned seating and we had dinners occasionally with our teacher mentors who were split among the classes.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Stuanton is an ecclectic mix of cute restaurants/shops and a movie theater- very safe with nice local folks who help to keep an eye out for you as well as having Mary Baldwin College up the road.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Loved hanging out with friends and going to "mixers"---dances with other schools as well as athletic competitions. Also, we had an annual "Luau" which several other schools came to, and it was a fun time of afternoon activities followed by a dance in the evening.

Daily Schedule:

8:00 AMM-W-F: Assembly
10:00 AMUsually had weekend dances, field trips or student could just hang out
Read more details about Stuart Hall School on their 2020 profile page.

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