American Hebrew Academy - Review #4

American Hebrew Academy
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled Kennesaw State University
Home Town, State (Country) Alpharetta, GA
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School I played volleyball and participated in countless volunteer projects. I was the leader of the Zumba club. Having the ability for my school to host the Special Olympics, I served as the concession stand captain for 3 years. I loved interacting with people and seeing people smile.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
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 personal environments and allowed students to get the help in each subject they needed. Another aspect that make it unique from other boarding schools is its religious aspect. For 8 out of the 12 weeks of a trimester, students were required to attend Friday night and Saturday morning Shabbat services and dinners/lunches. I felt that attending services with my friends made my Sabbath so special.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The best thing that happened to me in boarding school would be gaining my independence. At boarding school, it was my first time living without my family, shopping for groceries by myself, and doing laundry. I was weary of these tasks at first, but I learned to enjoy them because I knew that everyone around me was going through the same thing as I was. I most definitely feel that boarding school made me grow as a person and become more independent and self-reliant.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Something that I would have done differently during my boarding school experience would be preparing to apply and look into colleges. Because I started my freshman year of college as an undecided major, I did not really have specific preferences for an college or type of college. I just knew that I wanted to go to college. My advice for kids going to boarding school would be to take advantage of all of the offers given to you. Being in college now and looking back at my time in boarding school, I feel like I was so spoiled...and I loved it. I was able to get help in any subject within hours and had quick access to my teachers, housing staff, and friends 24/7. Everything that I needed was really surrounding me.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Overall, I loved the size of my school. I am a person who loves to get to know teachers, faculty, staff, and students very well. I loved that I knew the facilities workers' names and was able to see them on a frequent basis. I really enjoyed how close-knit everyone was. If something happened to someone (whether good or bad), everyone felt it and was there for you and want and willing to help 24/7.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
My final words of wisdom for incoming students at the American Hebrew Academy would be to check out the gym facilities and take advantage of weekend basketball, volleyball, soccer, etc. scrimmages with other students. The soccer field is a really good spot to star gaze at night! Also, get involved in volunteering and see how many different activities you enjoy doing that help other people.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The academics were college-level and definitely helped prepare me for college courses. In fact, some classes that I have taken in college have been easier than some of my high school classes/subjects! The professors were amazing, especially the English and math teachers, and cared deeply about each student not only in their class, but outside of class, too. Depending on the class, the workload was intense. I did not like that in the moment, but really appreciate it now!

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The athletics program at the American Hebrew Academy was competitive. Each trimester included different sports that were only played during that trimester. While our teams were not necessarily the top in their conferences, we were not awful by any means. Multiple students from different sports teams won national-level medals and are currently at different colleges playing their sports on a D1 level. I liked that when you played a sport, you were able to communicate healthily with your teammates, who were usually your close friends. If they were not your close friends at the beginning, they were by the end of the season! The coaches did a great job of bringing students together.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The visual arts, music, and theatre programs had a lot of effort put into them and were presented very well. While I did not participate in any plays or productions, I went to every single one of them. The sets and costumes were always so well thought out and put together. The different art teachers were very knowledgeable about their area/s and always pushed students to do and be their best. Many families donated money to help support the continuations programs.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Even with a small student population, the American Hebrew Academy was able to offer every student an extracurricular activity option. There were countless weekly volunteer options that many students took advantage of. Each trimester, every student was required to complete at least 18 hours of community service. I loved that there were so many different options of volunteer activities and that they were able to happen so often. Because students could not have cars on campus (unless they lived right around campus and were "day students"), the school did a great job in getting together students and staff to get to and from activities.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The dorms were diamond-shaped and had about 10-12 rooms per dorm. Two students (or one) lived in each room. Roommates were selected at random by the staff at first, but students were able to request a roommate (or roommate change) soon into the trimester. Each dorm included a shared bathroom with countless toilets, sinks, and showers, a fridge, microwave, upstairs lounge area, and downstairs "guest study." At the American Hebrew Academy, I loved living so close to my best friends. Being able to walk down or across the hallway to spend time, ask for advice, or share ideas with friends was amazing. I love how living so close to my friends created such a strong and loving bond that is still prominent in my life (and theirs) today.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
There is only one dining hall on campus and it is buffet style. In our dining hall, I loved that there were always so many options. There were countless fresh fruit options, different entrees for vegetarians/vegans/meat eaters, and some type of dessert! I liked that it was buffet style so people were able to decide which food and how much of it they wanted each time they approached the bar. I also liked when the kitchen staff would have waffle and/or smoothie stations near where the students sat.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The small city of Greensboro was great in so many ways. It was small enough to feel safe in, but big enough to be able to explore. There are countless shopping opportunities, restaurants, and leisure activities. to enjoy. I was grateful that I was able to walk to the grocery store (Target and Fresh Market), the close public library, and to Starbucks. I felt that everything that I needed as a student was within 1-10 miles of my surroundings.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Since there were about 150 students total in all four grades (9th-12th) per year, everyone knew each others' names, making it a personal environment. My favorite thing about the social life at the American Hebrew Academy was the ability of every person on the campus to get to know one another on a personal level. Each student knew a lot about each other and were able to relate and talk about their similarities and differences in healthy ways, whether in class, programs, etc.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
6:45 AMWake up
7:30 AMBreakfast with friends
8:15 AMClass starts
3:45 PMClass ends
4:15 PMVolleyball practice
6:00 PMDinner with friends
8:00 PMStudy time begins
10:00 PMStudy time ends; free time begins
10:45 PMFree time ends
11:30 PMSleep!
Weekend
8:45 AMWake up
10:15 AMSaturday morning Shabbat services and lunch
1:30 PMLunch ends
2:00 PMGo to gym (Zumba leader with friends)
4:00 PMLeave gym
4:30 PMRelax in friends' rooms
6:00 PMOut to dinner with friends
9:00 PMStudent union time (playing pool, ping pong, spending time with friends)
12:00 PMIn-house time

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