Howe Military Academy - Review #6

Read more details about Howe Military Academy on their 2018-19 profile page.
Howe Military Academy
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About the Author:

College EnrolledDyke College
Home Town, State Chesterland, OH
Years Attended Boarding School3
Activities During Boarding SchoolI primarily attended Howe for the education so I limited my outside activities. I was on the track team and ran the two mile though I did not letter. Militarily I held a position of platoon Sergeant. This put me in charge of the daily disciplinary and military activities of about 30 cadets. This activity occupied quite a bit of my time in the barracks. Each squad competed against each other weekly in military activities so I had to teach and encourage them to do the best they could against all squads in the company each week. Much of this was accomplished by meeting regularly with individual squad leaders as opposed to meeting with everyone of the 30 cadets regularly.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Howe Military Academy was a unique, once in a lifetime experience which I thoroughly enjoyed. Class sizes were small which made class participation very mandatory. Additionally, the teachers were very interested in a students success. However, in a military school, the learning process goes far beyond the classroom. You are taught other skills that will benefit you through your entire life. Discipline, organizational skills and leadership are very important to learn at an early age. They very much contribute to molding you into the type of person who will succeed in the business world and generally in life beyond Howe. You will become the kind of person your family will be proud of and will develop the confidence that will enable you to be proud of your accomplishments.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
You learn to grow up faster in a boarding school. You cannot lean on your parents to help you through dilemmas you may have. You mature faster, you develop discipline, you figure out how to accomplish your goals. You are not totally on your own. The school does have an adult overseeing each barracks. If you have an issue, you can talk to this person for guidance. You learn to become independent at an earlier age. I learned a lot about discipline and what it takes to achieve goals on your own. You just have to put your mind to it and you can accomplish good grades, a good military performance, literally anything. When you get to college, for the first time, you can just tell you have the advantage of a boarding school. So many college freshmen have never been away from home and they struggle with the things you have already succeeded at. They get homesick, you don't. You have study habits and discipline many college freshmen wish they had.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
If I could do it again, I would have gone to Howe for more than three years. I learned so much. Take it all in, do what it takes to maximize your positive experience, learn all you can about discipline, work hard. You have an opportunity most will never have. Appreciate it.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Howe was more than a boarding school. It was a college preparatory school, a well disciplined military unit, and a religious school all in one. It was not just about going to school. It was about learning what is important in life.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Take full advantage of the opportunity. It is a unique, once in a lifetime experience.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The Howe faculty I knew was very dedicated and caring. Classes were small so a lot of individual participation was expected of all students. You wanted to perform well in front of your peers and this gave you every opportunity. With small classes, the teacher had more time to teach. He or she did not have to do much prodding to get students to pay attention and participate. The discipline taught in such a school as Howe assisted the teachers with this process. Students were attentive. Extra help was available for students. Sometimes a teacher would assign someone who was struggling to extra help. Sometimes students would voluntarily seek out extra help to make sure they were understanding the subject. During evening hours in the barracks, there was a mandatory study period five nights a week.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
All cadets had to participate in athletics be they varsity or intramural. This was part of the structure of the school. We could not simply go back to our rooms after classes were over for the day and just sit around. This system assured that everyone got much needed exercise; a very important thing in the developing bodies of children of any age. Daily athletics lasted two hours, five days a week.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Personally I was not a participant but the programs and facilities were second to none. There was a marching band with about 50 members. In the military scheme of things, they had their own company. The school has a large auditorium. School plays would be presented there and the school also used this facility for outside speakers and entertainment which occurred from time to time.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
My participation was limited to being a member of the non-commissioned officers club. This was a group of the higher ranking non-officers (1st. Sergeants, Platoon Sergeants, and Supply Sergeants). They would meet periodically and discuss issues going on in the various companies. Others would share there experiences so that problems, where they existed, could be resolved.Academically there were other activities such as the speech team, National Honor Society and other such organizations.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Life in the barracks was excellent. This was largely due to the fact we were all there for the same purposes and goals both academically and otherwise. The various companies competed in intramural athletics and competed militarily in major competitions four times a year. Each company was more like a family. You knew your own company members much better than those in other companies. Being a military school, all rooms were set up the same and we had no late night food access. We were allowed to keep some snacks in our rooms but it was our responsibility to eat at meal times and meals were a mandatory activity. A cadet could not just decide to skip dinner for example. You had to attend.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
For a boarding school, the food was not bad. We never heard of many complaints. From a group of teens, that alone is compliment enough.We were fed three meals a day, and in the true military spirit, attending meals was mandatory. Meals were served at very specific times and all companies marched to and from the mess hall accordingly.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Howe is a very small town of less than 1,000 people. As the cadets at a military school we were not allowed to leave campus without permission. We were allowed to walk into town on a Saturday during free time but there was not much there. We simply stayed on campus all the time.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
At a very military school, your social life greatly revolves around your company and the friends you have made there. During free time you get together. You may go outside or to the gym to play a sport, you may just gather in small groups in a room.There are significant weekends each year where school activities such as a dance will take place. In the fall we had Founders Day Weekend. In the spring we had Mothers Day and Commencement weekends.We could not simply leave and go to a nearby town that may have more to do. A military school is just what it is and cadets could not just come and go.
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