Brooks School - Review #9
About the Author:
|College Enrolled||American University|
|Home Town, State||Boxford, MA|
|Years Attended Boarding School||4|
|Activities During Boarding School||Appreciated the mandatory sports requirement - got me out of my comfort zone and interested in different sports. Participated in Squash (Co-Captain), Tennis (Co-Captain), and Theater.|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Strong sense of community, lack of judgment for unique individual qualities (bullying because of different personalities), adaptive teaching techniques for individual needs.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Learning French and getting a chance to do a summer abroad in Brittany, FR. I would never have had that opportunity in public school.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Nothing that I can think of.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The campus was beautiful and idyllic. The education was stellar and kept me motivated. The access to "normal teen" experiences was captured in the best way possible. Access to teachers always. Extra help when needed. Generally a very happy and beneficial time of my life that prepared me for adulthood very well.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Honestly, it's been so long, and so much may have changed - but at least one sunset on the dock at Lake Cochichewick is highly recommended. Also, going back as an alum for reflection.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Varied and in-depth. Honestly, my high school education, in some ways, was more thorough and interesting than my college education. Access to teachers was fantastic, and small class sizes allowed for a flowing and organic conversation.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
A strong sense of family in the dorms. Parent-like relationships with our dorm parents. Fun activities. This was, however, before most of our modern technology like the internet and cell phones so our lives were a little more interactive.The dorms (at least mine) were modern and clean and felt homey. I never had an issue getting placed where I wanted to be and with whom I wanted to room.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Again, a true sense of family with our dining facility people - some stations even taught some cooking skills! Varied selection made sure that our meals were never boring. Seated dinner every week was also fun and enhanced the sense of community.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
There really wasn't much nearby. This was before Uber, so we took cabs to neighboring towns to go shopping, get food, and see movies.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Again, there was a wholesome sense of community and diversity was embraced.
|8:30 AM||Breakfast and Uniform Inspection|
|9:00 AM||Classes (to the best of my memory)|
|11:00 AM||Meetings, Chapel, Etc.|
|2:30 PM||Classes End|
|11:00 PM||Lights Out (for 5th and 6th formers)|
|8:30 AM||Breakfast and Uniform Inspection|
|11:00 AM||Classes Over|
|11:00 PM||Lights Out|
Alumni Reviews Review School
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- Bates College Be prepared for a 6-day class week at Brooks. While Saturday classes are a requirement, schedules even out with a half day schedule on Wednesdays. . .
- Boston College The community at Brooks, including teachers, staff and students, all share an extremely tight-knit bond that I've never experienced at any other institution. Teachers care about the students, and get to know them extremely well. . .
- Lake Forest College One quality of Brooks that I am not sure is unique but will always stick out in my mind is the quality of the college counseling office. I do not believe I would have had. . .
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