Stoneleigh-Burnham School - Review #9

Read more details about Stoneleigh-Burnham School on their 2021-22 profile page.
Stoneleigh-Burnham School

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School: 1992-1994
Sports and Activities:I was on the debate team, senior year captain of the tennis team. I competed in horse shows. I was a Key Club member (chosen to welcome & assist new students). I volunteered at as many horse shows as possible & also a telethon on local TV. I was even in a play they put on!
College Enrolled:Regis College
Home Town, State: Shreveport, LA

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
My junior & Senior years at SBS were truly amazing & eye opening. I immediately engaged in every extracurricular activity I could & started my horseback lessons. I couldn't have asked for more informative, thought provoking & fun teachers. I loved my time at Stoneleigh & don't regret it for a second. Thank you to all who made it possible for a southern gal like me to make it & fall in Love With New England! Owls FOR LIFE!
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
SBS helped me in so many ways: boosted my self-confidence, increased my social well being, taught me amazing life lessons & I made friends I'll have for the rest of my life. I am indebted to Stoneleigh in so many ways.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Stay true to YOURSELF & BE YOURSELF ALWAYS. Never follow the crowd if you don't get what they are standing for!
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The loyalty & academia & lifelong friends I made there. I came away from this experience a much more confident, self-assured & understanding young woman.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
As I said before be yourself & also be open to new opportunities & friendships. You'll be amazed at where you will choose (club wise & other extracurricular activities )


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Academics were always FIRST & FOREMOST. I loved my classes. Not only were they fun but also challenging & interesting. I miss the daily challenges! The class sizes are very small & you will get lots of one on one if you so desire. The competition was always challenging but in good sport. Awesome teachers & students!


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved the diversity of the athletic programs. You have so many different sports to choose from. SBS is known as an equestrian boarding school but they have so much more to offer. Soccer, field hockey, softball, lacrosse, riding, basketball, skiing, just to name a couple! We play schools from all over. It's so eye opening & fun. And, the sports facilities are TOPNOTCH!

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I love how Stoneleigh puts music, theater & visual arts up at the top. So many schools are shifting away from this vital part of our schooligans programs. Well, I performed in one play & helped with others. I love their theater department, too. Music was not my strongest suit but I loved going to their performances & supporting them! Another great program. I love art. I did watercolor & my favorite was ceramics - handbuilding & throwing on the wheel. I also loved photography! So many programs! And, such awesome staff!

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I've already touched on this. There's a group called Key Club. You are chosen to help & welcome new students & mentor them, too. I also loved being at the barn! Always something to do & help out there. I'd even get to hack horses that needed to be ridden! All volunteer work. Also, I'm sure I've not mentioned them all. There are so many opportunities at SBS.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved living on campus! At first I was a little homesick but afyer meeting all my new friends & becoming involved in so many fun & exciting activities I felt so much better. I was paired up with another southern girl & we shared a dorm room. The private showers & bathrooms were down the hall & I thought I'd be nervous, it being my first experience like that but everyone was so nice & cool. ALWAYS Clean IN THERE & I thought Stoneleigh did a great job setting up the whole dorm experience. And, there was always a late snack vending area!


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Dining room was very nice but not too ritz, I liked it. Lots of food selections & good food! I loved sitting & visiting with my friends while having breakfast, lunch or dinner. You could sit where you preferred. Thank goodness!

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Greenfield is a great town Now, if you want to shop at a mall I think you still have to go to Natick but not sure. But, Boston is only 1 1/2 hours away! THIS School HAS ALL A girl COULD Ask FOR & MORE! I just wished I had learned about it sooner & had been able to be a 4 year senior!
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The people at Stoneleigh were really awesome I was a southern gal (never really been out of the South) and I was welcomed with open arms. I made friends quickly & to this day I am still close with a lot of my SBS SISTERS!

Daily Schedule:

7:00 AMBfast
8:00 AMClass
10:00 AMBreak
12:00 AMLunch
1:00 PMClass Or Athletics
2:00 PMClass or Athletics
4:00 PMEnd of classes
5:00 PMFree time
6:00 PMDinner
7:00 AMPhone calls home, homework
10:00 AMWakeup, probably miss bfast
12:00 AMGo into Greenfield
1:00 PMCVS shop there
2:00 PMBack to drop of purchased items
4:00 PMGo to NMH a coed school for a sports activity or dance
7:00 PMOr go to dance
10:00 PMBe back & checking in time
12:00 PMDream about a great week & weekend!
Read more details about Stoneleigh-Burnham School on their 2021-22 profile page.

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