The Stony Brook School - Review #5
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||1998-2001|
|Sports and Activities:||I participated in Cross Country and Track all of my years, and I was named the captain of both teams my senior year. I played in the orchestra as well as accompanied the choir with the piano, serving as the music prefect. I acted in the play "The King and I" my senior year and served as maitre'd my senior year for dinner times.|
|College Enrolled:||Boston College|
|Home Town, State:||East Setauket, NY|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The Stony Brook School is a Christian school that truly has a tight knit community. Everyone partakes in a sort of work job, whether it include setting up the dining room, cleaning up after meals, cleaning class rooms, or being in charge of attendance taken at chapel. There are always prayers given before each meal, and chapel everyday but Sunday. All the teachers live by this standard, and if the teachers do not life on campus, they live in walking distance around the school. It makes the teacher and student relationship much stronger this way.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Boarding school has truly changed me as a person. I have learned more about responsibility as well as taking care of myself. In other ways I would not be able to handle myself at college, having to set a time aside in order to study, or to be organized. It truly helps one organize their lives and plan for their future. It was great to be able to accel in both sports and music, and it made me feel involved with the school, and this made an impact on me, and hopefully, the school as well. It has taught me leadership and community as well. SBS is definitely a community in many respects, and it teaches the value of respect and honesty.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Boarding school is not a scary thing. It may not always be a fun thing, but your friends and teachers become your family and this is not a bad thing. There is nothing much I would have done differently. It is important to go into the situation with an open eye, and not be so closeminded about things. Being like this will not create a good situation. It is not good to have a bad attitude, and because you miss home, you should not dwell on it, but make the best of your sitution. It is a great prep for college life.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
SBS was a really tight knit community that truly wanted their students to be good people, above all. It was not so much about grades or the competitivess of academia, but the community and the character of each indiviudal student. All the teachers truly cared, and would be willing to lend out a helping hand so be it. The students all get along well, and the campus is beautiful.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Check out the track, it is one of the best ones in our division. There are also lights on the field, so that the lacrosse team can play under the lights, which add to great nightime activites. The new dorms, Simon and Alexander and really nice and quality dorms. There is an infirmary in the middle of campus that is always open, and always at one's disposal. And lastly, stop by at Strawberry Fields, which is next to the tennis courts, because they have the best sandwiches and muffins.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The academics were unlike public school. Classes were much more thorough and difficult, but not impossible. It was important to always do homework and study during one's study hours, otherwise this would be reflected in the often smaller class sizes. There are not too many classes available as there are a very few number of students arriving, but not so few as to not have enough diversity. Workload was manageable, but there was work to be done every night, there was never a time when there was no work to be done. There was not that much competitveness, as many of the students got along and truly tried to do they best they, as an individual, could do.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
We are in a third division athletics program, so it was a lot of fun competing against schools that we actually had a shot of winning against. Coming from such a small school, we don't have enough people to compete against large public schools that are at the disposal of hundreds of children. This way, sports was a lot of fun, because there were reachable goals, and wins. Coaches are many times one's teachers, so it was great to have a relationship with them in the classroom as well as on the sporting field. It was definitely a great experience. All students were required to do sports so it was a great way to meet other students.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
There is a really nice theatre program that puts out plays all year long, so there is always an opportunity to be involved. It is great for the person that doesn't want to be the star, but participate, OR be the star and shine. The plays that come out are always fun and come out great. There are art classes available, and students have the option of taking AP Art, which is supposed to be very individualistic with a lot of freedom. Lastly, the music program. There is a great choir, as well as an orchestra and jazz band, which has been in the process of growing. There are many great musicians that enter this school, and are always showcased during assemblies. THere is a lot of opportunity for musically gifted students.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Our school always as a whole volunteers at the Walk for Beauty, for breast cancer, as well as "Spring Fling" which is a day of fun for the local school for the mentally ill. A program HEART also runs volunteer nights for soup kitchens as well as habitat for humanity. The school as a whole tries to involve itself in such activites. There is many various clubs as well. While I attended high school there, we were ranked in the USA for our chess team. Although we are a small school, there are still opportunities.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
After your first year at SBS, you can choose your roommate. There are usually two person rooms, and maybe one room for 3, and one room that is split into two halves so two can room together, yet seperately. The room selection is based upon how many years a person has been at SBS, and those people have the first pick. There is no late night food access, only if you order out. There is bed times, which corresponds differently for each student according to age. If one is on honor roll, there are different priveleges.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Breakfast was buffet style in the morning, from about 7-8:30. There was a variety of foods each morning, both hot and cold. It was similar at lunch time, with a buffet style, and there is a choice of a sald bar as well. There are always vegetarian options as well. For dinner, it is a sit down meal with real silverware and dishes, and it is formal. There is assigned seating, so that all students will meet each other, and there is a teacher seated at each of the tables, so that the teachers too can meet with the students. The food is very good, and the dining people are really great to talk with.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
There is not too much in the town surrounding, but across the street from the school is a train that will take you straight to NYC, only 1.5 hours away. From walking distance of the school, there are a few pizza places, mexican, and seven eleven. About one miles walk away there is a little village that has a chain of stores which is a lot of fun to walk through, and many times will be frequented on weekends. There are always buses available to go to the mall and the movies, which is a 10 minute drive away. Dorms will often take monthly trips to fun places like Target as well.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
All the people are really close, and almost everyone is friends with one another. There is not many places to go without a car, so it really makes people get to know one another and use their imagination. There is a lot of fun during meals, when people can relax from a day of school, because it is mandatory to be there for that time period. There is an equal balance of school and social life which is mandatory and it makes the people all a little more sane at SBS.
|7:00 AM||Wake up, eat breakfast|
|8:00 AM||1st class starts|
|9:00 AM||2nd class starts|
|10:00 AM||Chapel for 30 minutes|
|11:00 AM||3rd Class|
|12:00 PM||LUNCH TIME|
|1:00 PM||4th class|
|2:00 PM||5th class|
|3:00 PM||Work Job for 30 minutes|
|7:00 PM||Break for 45 minutes|
|8:00 PM||Study Hours|
|11:00 PM||Bed Time|
|12:00 AM||Go to the mall/movies|
|4:00 PM||Return for optional dinner|
|5:00 PM||Evening activity|
|11:00 PM||Must be in dorm|
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