American Hebrew Academy - Review #1

American Hebrew Academy
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled Indiana University
Home Town, State (Country) San Antonio, TX
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School I was co-president of the Israel club. Because my family is from there, I was given the opportunity to educate others and feel right at home.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
There are so many international students. I met so many people from all around the world each year and was able to learn in classes with them. I had the opportunity to live with them all 4 years and even share a room.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The best thing that happened was that I could be involved in whatever I wanted to and I was able to choose to do what I enjoy. I met so many amazing people and surrounded myself with them learning from them.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Befriend the older kids. It is amazing to be in a dorm with people who are not in your grade because you may have classes with them.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I loved that the staff chose to build relationships with the students.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
There will be many things that feel annoying or unnecessary, but make the most of it. Don't try and bend the rules because it'll just end disastrous.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Some of our teachers lived on campus so we built bonds with them that we wouldn't have if we went to a regular public school. The teachers who didn't live on campus would take us to their homes for some classes to remind us that they are not only our teachers and genuinely care for our well being. The teachers really take into consideration how students learn best because they want us to succeed. The workload is bearable and everyone, the students and teachers, have in depth discussions about topics to truly understand them rather than just testing.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Because I was never on a team, I went out and supported each team whenever I could. My favorite part was when the school would offer to shuttle people to the away games to support them even when we weren't playing on our own turf. Even if you didn't play a sport, the coaches were always there to talk and motivate you to do what you love.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I never participated in extracurricular art activities, but the electives I took were great. My favorite was being able to take electives with my friends who didn't participate in extracurricular art activities because we were all beginner. The teachers understood this and goofed around with us to help us enjoy the classes we took since they are aware not everyone loves every subject.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There were extracurricular activities for everyone and the school allowed anyone to make a club if there wasn't one already. The club presidents understood that people were involved in more than one club so they worked together to meet at times convenient for people.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved that I was able to live with the international students. They didn't separate the US residents from the non-residents so I was able to learn the culture and make friends from all over the world. It was difficult that there wasn't always a solution to switching a room, but the faculty worked with those who were having issues to come up with the best solution.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
There were no cliques. If someone walked into the dining hall then they could sit with anyone and it wouldn't be uncomfortable. The dining hall tended to repeat meals over and over again but they worked to serve things that they know students enjoy.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
There were plenty of shops and restaurants all around campus that were easily accessible. The school also shuttled us back and forth during the week to make it easier for us. I tried new restaurants with my friends every weekend and it was a great way to hang out off campus.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved that even if I wasn't living in a house with all my friends there were plenty of opportunities for us to hang out together. The staff would also come hang out with us and give us advice which was great. Also there's a room in every house which guys and girls can be in together which is very convenient.

Alumni Reviews
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  • Indiana University
    There are so many international students. I met so many people from all around the world each year and was able to learn in classes with them. I had the opportunity to live with them. . .
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    First of all, AHA is a Jewish school. Not only is it Jewish, but it is also not affiliated with any sect or branch of Judaism. The school is accepting of all traditions and customs. . .
  • IDF
    1. Being a Jew and meeting more Jews around the world blowing the bubble you were used to before and showing you more environment and way of life around the planet. 2.facilities and equipments are on. . .
  • Kennesaw State University
    One aspect of the American Hebrew Academy that I feel makes it unique from other boarding schools is the small class sizes. The maximum capacity for a class was fifteen students; this made classrooms very. . .
  • North Carolina State University
    The mandatory Jewish studies aspect of AHA is a very important thing to me. The religious undertones of the school make it very unique. However I think the most important aspect of the Jewish life. . .
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