West Nottingham Academy - Review #6

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West Nottingham Academy

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School: 2006-2010
Sports and Activities:I was class president for three years, was in drama for three years, and participated in cross country, weightlifting, lacrosse, soccer (2 years), field hockey, and yearbook. I also created the Poetry Club and participated in the Music Appreciation Club.
College Enrolled:Dickinson College
Home Town, State: North East, MD

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
West Nottingham had a lot of international students-- WNA was in a very white county in Maryland, and I had the opportunity to meet people of all different backgrounds while I was there. Also, the teachers were willing to try anything new-- if you wanted to start a new club, they were enthusiastic about helping.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I feel like I became more independent, and through meeting so many different people, my perspective widened.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I wish that I had taken more classes that "scared" me -- like AP science classes.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
It was a comfortable, fun place to live.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
I'm sure it's changed, but East Dorm was my favorite dorm. Also, if they are still offering darkroom photography-- take it.


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The teachers were extremely helpful. When I went to college, I felt prepared.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
WNA has mandatory participation of after school activities. It sounds like a chore, but I enjoyed that I was able to try many different sports. Since it was so small, everyone was able to join. I would have never done sports otherwise.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I did drama for three years. I loved it, but the facility was small, and not too many people were invested. However, it seems like in recent years they have dedicated more time and resources investing in the arts program. I will say-- I did photography my senior year, and it was the best experience. I was able to do an independent study and spend my free time in the dark room-- I loved it. My best moment from WNA.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I liked that you could ask a teacher to sponsor a new organization, and, if you gave them a good enough reason or showed enough passion, they would help you.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Everyone was very close. I was a day student, though, but I would stay over often.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
It was easy and flexible.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Cecil County is very small, nothing to write home about. But WNA is close to Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C., so I was able to go on many day trips to museums or other cultural outings.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Even though everyone was from different backgrounds, everyone got along, for the most part.
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