Kent School - Review #3

Kent School
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled RPI
Home Town, State (Country) Waltham, MA
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School Crew Orchestra Math team Robotics team

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Our campus was right next to a mountain and a river, so hiking or playing in the river was a very common activity when the weather was good. We also had mandatory chapel service three times a week.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
When I was taking my CS course my senior year, thanks to my great teacher, I found a passion in computer science, which is what I'm pursuing in college. I also learned a lot of social skills, and it definitely prepares a person for dorm life.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would pay more attention to the things that I could only do in the school, such as swimming in the river with my friends, or any other sports, or the clubs that I was interested in but never joined.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I liked how it was a very tight community, especially the fact that everyone said hi to each other when passing by, although we didn't even meet each other formally before.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
If you go to the snack bar, get big breakfast. I would recommend hoerle, but you can only live there as a junior or a senior. Field dorm is also a good call because you don't have to walk outside to go to the dining hall when it's raining. Also make sure to check out the little creek behind the lacrosse field.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I liked how the teachers were always very accessible for the students, because most of them lived on campus with us. I did not think the workload was overbearing, and I was satisfied with the diversity and depth of classes provided.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Before graduating, every student would have done at least two terms worth of athletic activities, and I liked the fact that everything was so close by, so that we could head right to the field after classes.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The dance team had some interesting performances, and there was one mandatory art course. The music department also offered private lessons for instruments and singing, and one term of music theory was also mandatory - or two terms of orchestra or concert band.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I liked the robotics team a lot, we were one of the only boarding schools to have a FIRST robotics team. We received a lot of support from the school as a part of the STEM program. There were also a lot of different activities, ranging from bell ringing to adventure club, so I would say there was enough diversity.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I liked living close to my friends, and the fact that we got to choose our dorms after the first year. There was a vending machine in the common room of the dorms, so we could get snacks at night.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
There was always an open cereal bar, and during meal times, the dining hall had a salad bar, stir-fry station, sandwich station, pizza station, dessert station, and the regular food station. Even when I got tired of the food, I could always cook up meals from the stir fry or the sandwich bar.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The town was very accessible, and had a lot of quality stores. We could go shopping in thrift stores, or go out to eat in a diner when we wanted brunch.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Because it was a small school, everyone was always everywhere. You at least learned the name of everybody in the school by the end of the school year, and usually knew everybody at least secondhand from all the activities/classes they took together.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
8:00 AMA block
8:45 AMB block
10:00 AMConference
1:00 AMC block
1:00 AMD block
1:00 AME block
1:00 AMF block
1:00 AMG block
1:00 PMH
3:15 PMSports
Weekend

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Kent School Alumni #1
    Class of 2017
    5 Stars   10/24/2017
    Brown University
    Kent's emphasis on individualized education is one of the elements that sets it apart from other boarding schools. The Studies Office allows students to choose classes that interest them the most, when they have completed. . .
  • Kent School Alumni #2
    Class of 2017
    5 Stars   12/8/2017
    Dartmouth College
    Campus is beautiful and landscape around it. It was very relaxing walking around campus and looking at the beautiful mountain algo and Housatonic river. Teachers and advisors were available 24/7 and always happy to give advice. . .
  • Kent School Alumni #3
    Class of 2017
    5 Stars   12/27/2017
    RPI
    Our campus was right next to a mountain and a river, so hiking or playing in the river was a very common activity when the weather was good. We also had mandatory chapel service three times. . .
  • Kent School Alumni #4
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   11/5/2016
    Eckerd College
    The physical campus and surrounding areas of Kent School truly brought the campus to another level that few other schools had. The campus itself is set up so that the academic and residential buildings are. . .
  • Kent School Alumni #5
    Class of 2015
    5 Stars   5/31/2017
    Albion College
    I hadn't attended any other boarding schools besides Kent, so I don't know much about other schools beyond what I saw when I visited other campuses for sporting events. From what I understand, Kent is. . .
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