Saint John's Preparatory School - Review #3

Saint John's Preparatory School

About the Author:

College Enrolled University of Iowa
Home Town, State (Country) Bangkok, none
Years Attended Boarding School 2
Activities During Boarding School I participated in soccer and tennis. It was more like a fun activities rather than competing with others.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
I think this school is unique in the sense that it is located close to college campus which allow students to use college facilities. The students may also experience some of the college life by going to sport events or attend college classes.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
There is no doubt that this school has changed me in a better way. I was once an awful student who doesn't really focus on study. But with the study environment that school provide, I was able to turn myself around to find the balance point between study and other activities. The school has allowed me to realize my potential and able to get into engineering school at the University of Iowa. Moreover, I was able to create lifetime friendship with other students at the school. Even when the time has gone by, we still keep in touch with each other.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
My for kids going to boarding school is to be self responsible. Surely without the presence of parent, students can freely do thing that they never could. Boarding students should keep in mind the purpose of going to school. They shall be discipline enough to know what is right and what is wrong, as there will affect their future. If students going to boarding school is able to manage themselves, then this school will not only give them a lifetime experience but also prepare them for a bigger world in college.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
What I like the most at my school is the balance between school work and extra activities. The school allow students to enjoy activities while promote learning experience for the students. The teachers at this school are very supportive and are willing to help students learn. These allow me to improve my knowledge in many areas which prepares me for college classes.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
This school will give you a valuable lifetime experience.


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The school offer variety of classes. As with any other school, there are good and bad teachers but the thing that is that no matter how good or bad they are, they are all there to help you when you needed. These is what I like the most about academics here. During my first year, I was struggling with my English class as my English is still poor, the teacher was very supportive and help me throughout the class. As a result, my English skill has noticeably improved after the semester. The workload at my school was standard. There are some subject that would overwhelm you with homework, and some that has very little homework. But overall, the workload is at a very good level to promote learning while allowing students to enjoy extra activities.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I would say that the school sport team is more like a place to have fun than to compete with others. If you are looking for a very competitive sport program, then this school isn't for you. But if you want to have some extra activities other than school work, then joining sport team here would definitely give you that.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I didn't take any art classes as it was not my interested area of study. I mostly focus on science and math classes.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I didn't join any of the organization in the school other that sports team.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I really enjoy the dorm life at my school. During my time there, most student were able to have their own room, but I believed that is not the case anymore, which allow for some private time. There is a few court next to the door which allows students to play some sports during their free time. The room selection process seems fair to me as senior student get to choose the room first followed by lower class students. The only thing I don't like about the dorm is the bathroom. Bathroom seems to be very old and doesn't provide a sense of privacy, which I valued a lot.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The café for breakfast and lunch at the school is very small and doesn't offer much variety. However, students have college cafeteria and dining hall as an alternative. The college cafeteria offer much greater variety of food, although I find it a bit too distance especially during winter time.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
My school is located in a small town which doesn't have much distraction from study. The great thing about this is that the school is very safe to walk around as there isn't much pedestrian around school other than college students. We were also able to use college facilities such as fitness center and libraries. One of the other thing I like is that I were able to What I like about my school is the lake and wood around the school. I would go hiking and hangout with friends after school to enjoy nature and beautiful weather.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
One of the advantages of small class size is that you get to know everyone in your class. With the smaller group of people, each student can create a deeper bond between each others. We become like a family in which I would come over to stay at their houses during holiday seasons.

Daily Schedule:

8:00 AMGo to class
12:30 AMHave lunch
4:00 PMplay sport
6:30 PMDining at college canteen/order food
7:30 PMHomework
9:00 PMHanging out with other dorm mates
11:00 AMgo to the mall via shuttle bus

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