Stuart Hall School - Review #5

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

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School: 1997-2000
Sports and Activities:Softball, basketball, theater, art, equestrian
College Enrolled:Ashworth College
Home Town, State: Williamsburg, WV

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Every student was required to take part in intramurals. This usually consisted of at least two sports with one fine arts over three semesters.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I know it sounds cliche, but really the best thing about boarding school is the lasting friendships you make. I speak to my dormmates every day, and it's been almost 20 years!
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Get a therapist. The biggest fault is the lack of emotional support and coping skills that so many kids are just expected to develop without guidance. Many kids end up flaking and leaving before they graduate, because they just can't handle the despair of feeling like you are in this alone. There needs to be mandatory therapy.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The feeling of family that has endured long after I attended.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Bishops way was my favorite hang out. Be sure to utilize red flags, and try not to leave your stuff lying around, because we alumni like to stop in every now and then, and like to sit in our old haunts without feeling like we are sitting in a dirty gym locker room, lol.


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Our academics were structured so that we had four cores and three electives per semester. Cores were not just English 9 or Science 11. We had more diverse options, such as Western European Literature, Biology, Religion and Philosophy, Latin, and Ancient Civilizations. The most wonderful thing was that the class sizes were fewer than 8 students, so we developed close relationships and a wonderful support structure with our instructors, and remain close to this day. The work load was decidedly heavier than public school, however the support was greater which offset the burden.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved the diversity of sports offered at our school. Stu offered soccer, field hockey, equestrian, soft ball, basketball, tennis, track and volleyball. While mandatory, the exercise program offered opportunities to draw otherwise introverted girls out of their shells. Stu has fantastic facilities. Only downsides were the smell in the bus after a game, and the difficulty of keeping coaching staff.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Stuart Hall offered an eclectic selection of theater, music and art. Mrs. Davies was classically trained, and offered us excellent teaching in methods such as Seurat's pointillism and Japanese chiaroscuro. I did not partake in the musical courses, but thoroughly enjoyed theater. Prop building was a wonderful opportunity for the art students to practice with mixed media. Acting coaches were excellent.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I did not participate in extra curriculars. Honestly, I was too busy with just the basic requirements.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorms at Stu are classic. First years usually have a roommate. Each hall had a student prefect, and a dorm parent. Morning room inspections may earn you demerits, so cleanliness was next to godliness. The rooms are heated with old radiator heaters covered in a thousand layers of paint so they stink when they are on. The windows tend to stick due to paint and are hard to open. There is a snack machine in the common rooms, but access is limited.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Stu has excellent food. They have a wonderfully trained kitchen staff that offers restaurant quality meals three times a day. You have to dress for dinner.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Staunton is lovely. There is great diversity of shopping and entertainment with the entire town participating in themed weekends, like Harry Potter weekend. There is definite boundaries, and locals will report back to the school if you wander out of bounds. You have to sign out in groups to leave campus.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Prior to the change to co-ed, we would arrange mixers and socials with other schools like RMA and BMA. They would also take suggestions and try to arrange for us to attend concerts, trips to New York and foreign travel.
Read more details about Stuart Hall School on their 2020 profile page.

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