Stuart Hall School - Review #8

Read more details about Stuart Hall School on their 2020 profile page.
Stuart Hall School

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School: 1980-1982
Sports and Activities:I was involved in the Choir, Year Book, Drama, Art, Public Speaking as a rep on the local radio station. I performed in plays and helped win the silver cup back for the school! It was Stuart Hall that helped me focus on the Arts and pursue an accredited college the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. I was Spirit Girl and Student Body President my Senior year! Stu helped me become a leader! I loved it!
College Enrolled:UNCSA
Home Town, State: Corning, NY

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Stuart Hall is a picturesque school with gorgeous dorms and facilities and well manicured grounds. When I first rode up to the school in 1981 with my mother I was so scared, but I took one look at those big buttercream buildings with white trim and columns and said,"This is the one, I want to go there!"
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Stuart Hall gave me a chance to be the very best me I could be. I came from very traumatic circumstances and yet I grew to be a leader as Student Body President and I grew more importantly as a creative member of the Arts Community. As an artist, I could work through by inner feelings and process a lot of the complex issues I was dealing with. Most importantly, I learned that respect honor and hard work are the keys to success and that teamwork is the best way to get things done. So many valuable lessons learned in two short years. I'm forever grateful to Stuart Hall.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Jump in and hang on! I wouldn't change one thing! Believe in yourself and don't be afraid to fail, be afraid to quit.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Stuart Hall is a stepping stone to the great world of friendship and learning. The connections I made and the lessons I learned are priceless. I am a better person because I went to Stuart Hall.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Explore the whole campus. My friends and I were fascinated with the Civil War history of the school. We had so much fun sneaking into the bell tower which I'm sure is off limits. Enjoy all the many gifts you will receive at Stu! Don't try to count them.


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I still value the lessons I learned at Stu. I was always scared of Math, but having a smaller class and a patient teacher truly made me love math. My English teachers gave me so many vital writing skills. It is in those classes that I read my favorite books of all time. I grew to love the written word so much that I returned to UNCSA to get my BFA in Screenwriting in 1997. Because of the intense workload and the high caliber of courses provided at Stu, I was able to soar through my college experiences. I came prepared to do the work with confidence.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I wasn't able to participate in many of the athletics during my time at Stu. I had a knee injury that required reconstructive surgery so I was more of a cheerleader for all the sporting events on the side lines. As Spirit Girl I encouraged others to support our team.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Stu's commitment to the Arts is what shaped my entire experience. I participated in intense Art studies that prompted me to pursue Arts in college. I learned how to frame my artwork which is one of the greatest things to know as an artist. I developed skills in all mediums, watercolor, oil, acrylic, printmaking, pottery and sculpture. Stu has a top notch stage with great Drama teachers who really brought out the best in me. I won awards with my performances. We competed with other schools in the league and won. Our Choir performed very complex pieces. I was encouraged to sing many solos and absolutely loved my choir teachers. We did a few off campus concerts too. I had so much fun creating and performing at Stu.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved volunteering at the local radio station representing Stuart Hall. I would write about the exciting things going on at Stu and then tell the community all about it. I learned a lot about broadcasting and the power of communication. I also participated in painting a mural on the side of a bank in Staunton. We all wore matching TShirts our teacher made for us and it was really fun. It was a collaborative effort that gave to the community. I remember we took many trips to Washington D.C. we saw concerts and plays and also took a tour of the White house.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life was so much fun. I remember my first room had the prettiest wallpaper. I loved it. My first room was at the end of the hall in the main building. I'm a little sketchy on the details as it was forever ago. I do remember transferring to the Robertson dorm to be closer to my friends. Loved being in an all girls setting very much.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
I loved our dining room. Long tables with trays of delicious food greeted us as we walked in. Truly something for everyone. There were always healthy choices, huge salads and lots of vegetable dishes. We even prompted Vegetarian Meatless Days and the kitchen provided with flying colors. Very accommodating! Plenty of places to sit and enjoy a great meal.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Staunton is adorable. I loved going downtown with friends to get a bagel and a coke and just sit and enjoy.There were beautiful shops and a nice movie theater to back then. I'm sure there is a lot more to do now, but it was quaint and fun while I was there. I loved checking out the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I am still in touch with my friends I made at Stu. We are forever friends. There is something magical about the Stuart Hall experience. You blossom and cultivate relationships with unique people from all walks of life and from all over the world.

Daily Schedule:

8:00 AMAssembly best part of the day
2:00 PMWalk downtown with friends to see the shops and have a Coke.
Read more details about Stuart Hall School on their 2020 profile page.

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