Hill School - Review #5

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Hill School
5

About the Author:

College EnrolledNYU
Home Town, State Cresskill, NJ
Years Attended Boarding School4
Activities During Boarding SchoolDance Committee, Hilltones, Glee Club, yearly Gilbert & Sullivan productions.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The Hill was not only crucial to my education as a student, it also afforded the pleasure of learning how to be a gentleman. While I retain my "book knowledge" to a great degree, my overall approach to life remains grounded in truth in large part due to The Hill's "family" aspect.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Discipline may sound harsh to a 13-14 boy however, the boy that entered The Hill in 1973 became a young man in four short years!
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I was horribly homesick my first few months. Stick it out if you find you're homesick. Much, much better and joyful things await!
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Every single person I met from The Headmaster and his wife to guest speakers. I feel privileged and proud to have attended The Hill.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
In forty years I'm sure much has changed. However, if Welsh Rarebit is STILL on the menu, AVOID it at all costs!

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Small class size and individual attention whenever needed. Encouragement from Masters. Interaction with parents.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Diverse, inclusive, team spirit whether Varsity or intra-mural.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The encouragement, joy, absolute FUN of honing my voice!

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Our opinions and choices matter. Dance Committee was a blast organizing "regular" dances to Square Dances!

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Camaraderie. No matter your background, every dorm hall was united.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Sit down, formal meals. No "devices" back then as I'm sure they're off during meals now. We interacted with people from campus we might not have otherwise gotten to know as well, especially first year!

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Pottstown was diverse...Sunday brunch was nearby, as we're numerous fast food places, and Sunday van trips to the malls etc.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Making friends who are still friends forty years later!

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
7:00 AMBreakfast
8:15 AMClass
9:30 AMClass
10:15 AMChapel
12:00 AMLunch
1:15 PMClass
2:45 PMSports
5:15 PMSit down dinner
7:15 PMIn dorm studying
9:00 AMEnd study
Weekend
7:00 AMBreakfast
11:00 AMHalf classes 7-11
12:00 AMLunch optional
1:00 PMFree till Sunday chapel
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  • Hill School Alumni #1
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars  
    Colorado Mesa University
    A smaller number of students attend the Hill School than most other boarding schools that I know of. This allows a more personal approach to be taken by the teachers and dorm parents, the. . .
  • Hill School Alumni #2
    Class of 2002
    5 Stars  
    Pepperdine University
    The two aspects of The Hill School that make it unique are the professors' relationship with the students and the traditions at The Hill. First off, professors are involved in all aspects of school life. . .
  • Hill School Alumni #3
    Class of 1980
    5 Stars  
    College of William and Mary (B.A., MBA)
    It's been 50 years but the school has developed a partnership with the town of Pottstown which is unique across the country. Several alumni (in my class of '67, including the Governor of Pennsylvania). . .
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