Oldfields School - Review #4

Read more details about Oldfields School on their 2018-19 profile page.
Oldfields School
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About the Author:

College EnrolledSalisbury University
Home Town, State Chevy Chase, MD
Years Attended Boarding School4
Activities During Boarding SchoolRiding, art club (co-leader), gay-straight alliance

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Many of the staff members would go out of their way to help you out if you were struggling. You make unique friendships with both the staff and the students when you live on campus as you see people at both their best days and their worst days.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Teachers and faculty pushed me to better myself for myself and no one else. Each may we we're given an opportunity to do something for two weeks and one year I was able to go to Ireland with my friends. I furthered my love of art and horses through my years and improved my skills greatly.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would not change anything about what I did. I think when students start to go to boarding school they should be prepared to learn a good amount of Independence. They should be prepared to make friends and learn you can't get along with everyone.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I loved the feeling of family, and the life long friendships I made through the school. Overall I was more prepared for college then any of the friends I made here.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
When visiting Oldfields, check out the art rooms and the Barn. Also make sure to visit multiple dorms because each is different, and talk with the teachers to learn what classes you have interest in!

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Oldfields small class sizes and involved teachers give students a chance to figure out what they enjoy doing. The small class sizes allow for teachers to help students when needed during the 80 minutes class period. There are breaks between classes that allows for students to go speak to teachers or to have a few minutes to prepare for the next class. There are only 3 classes in a day, which allows the class periods to be longer and for teachers to cover more material in each class. Most teachers are aware of what a reasonable homework amount is and if you are struggling will help.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The athletic program at Oldfields gives the students a chance to try multiple sports and activities. Each student is required to pick s sport for each trimester. The sport I chose was horse back riding. The riding program gives student the opportunity to explore different aspects of riding, such as groom the horse or cross country jumping. The instructors give each student individual attention when needed and pushes the students to do the best they can.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The visual arts program is amazing. The current head of staff, Dori Reigner, is dedicated to helping each student to be the best they can. From painting to digital arts the school is equipped with facilities and materials that help you improve your self as an artist.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Each weekend, students are given the opportunity to go on a variety of trips. In the fall you can go apple picking and in the winter you can go skiing. There are also opportunities to go shopping or to see a movie, which the school pays for. For the riding students, often weekends will be spent at horse shows.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Most of the rooms on campus are doubles, but some are singles. Every week day there are quick room inspections to help students learn how to keep organized, and as an underclassman you are required to studying for an hour. Each dorm is equipped with WiFi. Phone service can be difficult to find.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining hall gives students a chance to try a variety of food. Each week there is a different menu which is posted online. The hours are long enough for each student to eat as much as they want as it is buffet style. During the week there is assigned seating, which allows you to learn about and meet students you hadn't before.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Town life is not very active around Oldfields. The closest town is Hunt valley and that is 15 minutes away. Baltimore is about a 45 minute drive.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
At Oldfields there are students of all ethnicities and backgrounds. Living on campus gives the opportunity to get to know students better and make life long friendships.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
7:30 AMBreakfast
8:00 AMAdvisory
8:15 AMMorning meeting
8:45 AMFirst class
10:00 AMBreak
11:15 AMClass two
12:30 AMLunch
1:30 PMClass three
2:45 PMSports at three
6:00 PMDinner
Weekend
10:30 AMBreakfast
12:00 PMCheck in
12:45 PMLunch
1:00 PMTest or homework
6:00 PMLunch
Read more details about Oldfields School on their 2018-19 profile page.

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  • Oldfields School Alumni #1
    Class of 2017
    5 Stars  
    Muhlenberg College
    I don't know what other boarding schools are like, but the teachers and coaches at Oldfields cared about me learning, growing, and being happy in a way I never could have imagined. I was surrounded. . .
  • Oldfields School Alumni #2
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars  
    connecticut college
    Oldfields is incredibly diverse as well as very supportive while still allowing girls to branch out and be who they want to be they are still supportive. . .
  • Oldfields School Alumni #3
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars  
    Spelman College
    Oldfields School was super unique because of many reasons, but I'll choose 2. The class sizes were extremely small, giving students a large amount of one on one time with the teachers. I think at. . .
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