The Thacher School - Review #2
About the Author:
|College Enrolled||University of Montana|
|Home Town, State||Hailey, ID|
|Years Attended Boarding School||4|
|Activities During Boarding School||Chamber singers Varsity Volleyball Gymkhana Team Captain Western riding Horse packing|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The horse department at Thacher is both unique and outstanding. Unique because the school strives to keep the cowboy culture alive with over 100 horses and a fully outfitted western riding center. It is outstanding because this program teaches students responsibility, cooperation, and ultimately offers a life-long bond between man and beast.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I have learned so much responsibility and independence through my experiences at Thacher.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Don't be afraid to reach out for help. The faculty and staff are there to help you learn and grow- use them!
4.) What did you like most about your school?
How unique a school it is. I always thought I would end up at a big high school with lockers and bells, but the reality was so much better.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Buy cake mix from the student store- it's a great and quick way to do something for a friend who has a birthday! And you can get eggs and oil from the dining hall.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The most impactful and important part of Thacher academics is the teachers. Nearly all teachers live on campus and are always willing to have you over to their house to help you edit an essay, craft a hypothesis, or work through a particularly challenging calculus problem. They are also extremely understanding of personal issues and offer individual help for students who may learn in specific ways.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The chamber singers choral group that I sang in sang in many concerts and competitions all over Southern California. We also toured to Italy and Cuba, singing with local choirs, in churches, and with music schools.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Town buses offer the opportunity to go into town 3 times a week to shop, get lunch, go to the farmers market, or just hang out with friends.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Events every weekend night and social time every school night.
Alumni Reviews Review School
- Review Description
- Pitzer College The tight knit community is a really rare quality at high schools in general but especially boarding schools. The relationships with teachers and students is so close and the fact that there is very few. . .
- University of Montana The horse department at Thacher is both unique and outstanding. Unique because the school strives to keep the cowboy culture alive with over 100 horses and a fully outfitted western riding center. It is outstanding. . .
- Yale I loved Thacher because of the deep, respectful, and genuine connections in the community. Students, faculty, and staff were all so supportive to ensure I was the happiest and most challenged I could be. During. . .
Social media is an essential part of a boarding school's marketing strategy
Parents considering schools should read New York Times columnist Frank Bruni's book about college admissions entitled Where You Go Is Not Who You Will Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania. Much of what he says applies in the private K-12 world.
Readers send dozens of questions via Facebook, Twitter and email. What do they ask? Readers want to know which is the best school in a particular country or region. A close second is figuring out how to pay for a private school education. Here are some readers' questions with my answers.