Eaglebrook School - Review #1
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2009-2010|
|Sports and Activities:||I played soccer, water, varsity ice hockey, varsity lacrosse. I was also in the choir and played piano.At Eaglebrook, all 9th graders are expected to be role models to the younger students in the community.|
|College Enrolled:||Boston University|
|Home Town, State:||Sapporo|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
There are numerous aspects about Eaglebrook School that make this "pre-prep" or "junior" boarding school truly unique. While the rigorous academic program, the beautiful, up-to-date campus, the diversity of students and faculty, and low student-teacher ratios are worth mentioning, these are only a fraction of what makes Eaglebrook great. The education Eaglebrook offers extends beyond textbooks and classrooms. What truly defines Eaglebrook School, regardless of physical infrastructure or location, is the close bond that students develop with their peers as well as faculty members. Teachers, coaches, and other students become family at Eaglebrook.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I had become more independent, capable of making certain decisions, and did not rely as much on my parents (except tuition of course). I really matured throughout my time at Eaglebrook. I was exposed to different cultures and perspectives, and I truly felt 'international'. It really opened my mind. I was able to discover new sides of me that I did not know I had. I became a person that could draw his own conclusions rather than have certain beliefs and stereotypes instilled in me.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I wish all the time that I could go back in time and enjoy the EBS days again. When you go to a boarding school at such a young age as I did, it may seem like you're out on your own. But that was never the case. Embrace the EBS life!
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The best thing that happened was meeting some of the people that are still in my life today, from places all around the world. Eaglebrook isn't just a school. It's a family.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Try different things! You won't have an opportunity like this later on in life. To quote the late Stephen Hawking, "Be curious."
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Eaglebrook School is all about growth of the individual and this philosophy is well demonstrated in their academic program. Students who have the credits for secondary school courses have the opportunity to take those courses. For those who do struggle with certain subjects, receive the attention and tutoring that push them towards success. This aspect of the academic program is certainly possible due to the smaller number of students in each class. The individual attention I received from my teachers definitely helped me move forward in my academics. Teachers are most often available outside of the classroom, and these are not simply Q&A sessions. They took the time with me to make sure I understood the lessons and was actually retaining the material. Another aspect I truly find valuable in the academic program is that it also expanded my educational horizons. A great education does more than reinforce strengths and improve weaknesses; I was able to discover the art of fly-tying, stone carving, and ceramics--classes I would not have been able to even consider had I not attended Eaglebrook.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Eaglebrook offers various sports throughout the fall, winter, and spring seasons. Students have the choice of participating at a competitive level (varsity) or playing for fun. There are also options for those who are not into athletics, but Eaglebrook values physical wellness, working within a team, and spending time outside. Therefore, technically, athletics are mandatory, but there are a diverse range of options. The facilities are great! I loved playing under the wooden arches of Alfond Arena, an ice hockey rink that may be better than what most secondary schools have. There is also a six-lane pool that students can use recreationally during designated times, and numerous fields on which students play baseball, lacrosse, soccer, and football. The gym has been renovated ever since I graduated, but it looks very nice. Oh, and I almost forgot: students can use the Easton ski area during the winter. Aside from the facilities, what I liked most about the athletics program is that I was able to start a new sport. I began playing lacrosse at the beginner's level, but thanks to the great coaching staff I had, I was able to gain the skill to compete at a higher level, and it became one of my main sports.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I was not too involved with the performing arts at Eaglebrook (which I regret), but I have taken multiple classes in visual arts including digital photography, stone carving, ceramics, and painting. The facilities are phenomenal: the woodworking shop has various machinery which you could learn how to use. I had the choice of taking certain art classes through electives each trimester, and also learned to play the piano my graduating year. Friends who have participated in the theater have loved the experience. The visual and performing arts classes at Eaglebrook is truly where you breakaway from certain stereotypes, and can express ideas and emotions you would have a difficult time showing. I truly found the arts an important part of my education, allowing me to discover interests and hobbies that I still pursue to this day.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
As a student at Eaglebrook, my average weekday was taken up by classes, athletic commitments, and study hall. We did not have clubs or student organizations that were a large part of our school life. However, every Saturday, we would have several activities offered by various faculty members that students had to sign up for. These activities ranged from raking leaves around campus to picking up litter on public roads. I have also gone on a camping trip instead. Again, these are methods that push students to try new activities.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
When you first arrive on campus, new roommates are randomly assigned together. You may be allowed to change roommates after a semester (if it is truly necessary). The atmosphere of the dorms really depend on how strict your house parents are. There are bed times, and they are really there for your benefit. At times I have had to go to the bathroom late at night, past 'lights out'. If you are quiet, respectful and not causing a ruckus, you will be fine. It's important to remember that there are families that live in these dormitories. Majority of the time, I was outside the dorms, and I was only there to study and sleep. House parents will wake you up for breakfast! There is no sleeping in! I hated it at the time, but I have to say, I'm glad they did get me up for every commitment. Now what I love about the dorms is also what I can't stand: we all became brothers living under the same roof. That being said, brothers do butt heads at times.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
There are three sit-down meals a day. Each student is assigned to a different faculty member's table every two weeks (at least when I was there). On Sundays there is brunch, followed by a formal dinner. Students will be designated 'waiters' and 'assistant waiters' who bring out the food and the drinks. When I was there, the food was decent. Outside of the dining hall, junk food and soda isn't allowed, so the school promotes a healthy diet.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Other than Deerfield Academy, there truly is nothing surrounding Eaglebrook School. It is in a secluded area of western Massachusetts. There were trips to the Hadley and Holyoke Malls. There is forestry all around, but it was nothing compared to the Forbidden Forest I saw during my years at Hogwarts. Being away from cities and towns was a good change for me, because it gave me an environment where I could focus on achieving academic and athletic goals without distraction and hindrance.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Eaglebrook is an all boys school with a small student population. Many of the friendships are very close ones and some are forged into a brotherhood that lasts beyond Commencement, or the graduation ceremony. And although it is a small school, the diversity of students is tremendous. It's a place where children have the opportunity to learn from those of different backgrounds and perspectives, and have a wider view of the world.
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