South Kent School - Review #2
About the Author:
|College Enrolled||University of Southern Maine|
|Home Town, State (Country)||delray beach, FL|
|Years Attended Boarding School||4|
|Activities During Boarding School||Played soccer, hockey, tennis at assorted levels, to include the varsity level. Editor of the school newspaper, ran the school's second-hand store, and was student in charge of the library my senior year.|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The Hillside, as SKS is affectionately called, has evolved with the times. The school has always taught its graduates how to survive in our world in such an impactful ways. Boys are taught how to become MEN, and how to make our world a better place. Today, the school teaches, among the normal college prep courses, sustainability via a working farm. Life at SKS centers around the chapel, St. Michael's. In its Episcopal tradition, the school embraces students of all faiths and nationalities. The chapel centers the students, creating a common place where they can all be one.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
SKS developed my character. I think of the school, and my experience daily. My four years there were incredibly impactful. It was an incredible experience, and I do everything I can today to support the school.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Be flexible, and embrace everything this life-style has to offer.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
SKS helped to mold me into the successful person I am today. For that, I will always be grateful!
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Remember, the school centers itself around St. Michael's chapel. Nothing sounds more incredible than the school body singing in its space.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Academically, SKS challenged you at YOUR level. I was not a stellar student, and the faculty recognized this. They helped me to shine in the areas where I was stellar! I enjoyed the faculty because they knew my father, a teacher at a neighboring private boarding school. In short, they 'protected me'... from myself!! Thank God for 'Ma' Brown, Paul Abbott, and the most incredible headmaster ever, George Bartlett.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
There was a team and a level for everyone; in my day, you were expect! Today, SKS has made a name for itself with its prep programs in soccer and basketball. Their top tier hockey teams today are 'select,' which really puts South Kent on the map! Brand new turf soccer field, and brand new hockey arena, named for Admiral and Betty Stockdale.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
These programs are solid. The ground floor of the school's original academic building houses the visual arts today. Bringhurst auditorium handles theater, and the chapel comes alive with assorted student music.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Again, SKS tries to provide something for everyone. You do not have to participate in extra-curricular, but it is encouraged. The school features an incredible TV production studio, and often televises home and away sporting contests because they also have state of the art mobile facilities. As I wrote, above, the school has a working farm on their north campus. A boys ability to involve himself in any area of the farm will make him a better man.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
SKS dorms, save their newest, are small. The facilities have been updated to meet the times. The school's newest dorm heats/cooled using thermal heating and cooling. When I was at SKS, students were not allowed to have snack food in their rooms (kept down the vermin population). Today, however, snack for is available at all times. The school dining service, FRICK, cooks and serves restaurant quality food to the school community. On campus life is family oriented.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
When I was an attendee, the school employed its own kitchen staff. The food was poor at best. You learned to eat what was served, something that has served me well in the now 40 ears since my graduation. Today, however, the school employs FRICK food services; keep the boys fed with incredible food and everyone is happy!
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
South Kent is in the middle of NO WHERE. The quaint town of Kent is 4 miles away, but is it more suited to New England tourists. The school provides transportation to Mew Milford, some 10+ miles from the school. There, the boys can take in a weekend movie, etc. Because SKS is in such a rural place, mother nature becomes your best friend, and more importantly southern New England seasons make 'The Hillside' special.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Social life in the 1970's was all but non-existant. There were the requisite home and away dances with neighboring girls' schools.... they were a trip! focus was always on supporting whatever sport team was 'home.' SKS taught me to be self-sufficient, and it has served my incredible well over the years!
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