Woodberry Forest School - Review #1

Woodberry Forest School
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About the Author:

College Enrolled Brown University
Home Town, State (Country) Chestertown, MD
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School I played three sports throughout high school-- soccer, lacrosse, and basketball. I was the team captain of the lacrosse team.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
WFS was pretty unique in that it was an all boys school. This aspect of the school really scares off potential students, but I can't even remember the number of classmates I had my freshman year who were trembling about this fact and then a month or two later completely understood why this all male environment was good for them. The environment breeds close relationships with your classmates, and by the end of the four years, your classmates feel like your brothers. Another aspect of WFS that is unique is its honor code. The school doesn't just give lip service to this code, but uses the system to build an environment of trust within the school. Many friends who went to other prestigious boarding schools can not believe that I never cheated nor knew of anybody who did at my high school. The honor code not only requires its students to do their own work and actually learn the material but it provides a good back bone for the student to develop a strong moral sense of what is right and wrong.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I have a strong sense of what is wrong and right, which is one of the most important things an adolescent can experience. The school also makes a student learn how to use his time during the day to get work done because of the required lights out time. This lights out time seemed to be awfully military-like when I was at school, but now that I'm in college, I think it is a terrific rule because it allows kids to get a good night's sleep.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have worked harder the first two years of high school. At the time I felt like college was a million years away, but those grades affect your transcript when applying to college. Make sure to visit as many different types of school as possible, and don't leave out a type of school just because you don't THINK you will like it, make sure you KNOW you won't like it.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The student body. I will never forget the times I spent with my friends. The students make the school, and I have my best memories with them. There were numerous nights that I remember just talking with friends down the hall that I would have never experienced if I was at home trying to stop my mom from yelling at me.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Go to a football game or any other sporting event. This will display the incredible school spirit present at the school, and sell any interested student immediately.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
No girls in class and the strong honor code really contributed to how much I learned. The teachers not only were available but made sure struggling students met with him or her to improve a certain area.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
You never lose. The athletic program is incredible. The coaches are all very knowledgable, I had a three-time collegiate Division I lacrosse coach. Their knowledge and expertise is given to the athletes they teach, and the teams I played on were all dramatically better then they were the first day of practice. They have incredibly nice athletic facilities, and students are required to participate in athletics their first two years. I played on two nationally ranked sports teams during my four years.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I was not too involved in these departments, but I know the school just built a multi-million dollar theatre department, which I have heard is very nice.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
The school requires the student to complete 100 hours of community service, which most students complete and then exceed, because of the feeling such opportuinities provide.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The dorms are better then they are in college. The dorm life at an all boys school breeds unity. Shy kids, outgoing kids, athletes and actors all get to know each other beyond what any other day school can provide. Kids learn about different types of people and cliques are few and far between.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
I thought the food was above average at the school when I went there, but after experiencing college dining hall food, I would have to say that WFS's food is excellent. They have a snack bar that provides all the burgers and bacon egg and cheeses a kid could dream about.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
WFS is in the middle of nowhere which creates a situation where the students don't get into any trouble. A student can take a weekend and go to Charlottesville, VA which is 45 minutes away.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
WFS has mixers where a student can meet girls. Most people after their sophmore years have built relationships with boys that live close by and go home with them or go to their own hometown. This social life gave me a taste of my own high school's typical weekend, but I got to branch out and meet plenty of different people.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
8:00 AMFirst class
9:00 AMSecond class
10:00 AMBreak
10:30 AMLab
11:30 AMThird class
12:30 AMLunch
1:00 PMConsultation
2:00 PMFourth Class
3:00 PMFifth class
4:00 PMPractice
6:45 PMDinner
7:30 AMBreakfast
7:45 PMStudy hall
10:00 PMFree time
11:45 PMLights out
Weekend
10:00 AMBrunch
11:00 AMFly fishing on the Rapidan River
1:00 PMCooking steaks at the river
2:00 PMBasketball with my friends if cold, outdoor volleyball in the spring and fall
5:00 PMGo back to dorm, and check out the stories that my friends have who left for the weekend
6:00 PMDinner with Advisor at his house
7:00 PMChapel
7:45 PMStudy hall
10:00 PMStudy hall over
11:45 PMLights out

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