Blair Academy - Review #8
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||1982-1984|
|Sports and Activities:||At Blair I played on bothe the basketball and golf teams. I served as Captain of the golf team during my senior year. I also participated in debate with the Society Of Skeptics and served as a Prefect for Juniors during my senior year.|
|College Enrolled:||Kenyon College|
|Home Town, State:||Dayton, OH|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Blair Academy provided me with the foundation to pursue serious academic study in college, medical school and what I learned at Blair continues to stand me in great stead as I practice medicine. The Blair experience is one of rigorous academic requirements combined with a very nurturing(often described as "family like")environment. The teachers at Blair are fully dedicated to their craft and they care deeply about their students. Many of my former mentors at Blair still remain after years of selfless dedication. Of all the institutions which I have attended, from college to medical school, The Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinc, none were as meaningful to me as was my experience at Blair. I owe the school much.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The best thing to happen to me at Blair was what the school did for me in the classroom and as a human being. I left the school as a better student, confident in my abilities, but as importantly with as sense of fairness and concern for others. I now practice medicine. So many times I have had to call upon skills which had their genesis at Blair.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
My advice is to look for a nurturing environment, one which suits your personaliy, and a school which can help you gain admittance to the finest colleges. I don't regret anything about my experience at Blair.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Wonderful academics, wonderful teachers who are also wonderful human beings, and bright, articulate students who have remained great friends! I certainly hope my daughter will attend Blair!
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Just make the most of your time at Blair!! This school will not let you down!
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The academics at Blair were very challenging. I came from an excellent public school to Blair, but was not at all prepared initially for the increased work load or the seriousness of the academic environment. However, I fairly quickly came to terms with the demands, helped by wonderful teachers, and quickly became an honors student. The classes are small, averaging around 10 students and individual accountability is always demanded in class. I had never seen a blue book exam until I entered Blair and I never saw a multiple choice test again after I went there! Classes were always a dynamic place and the teachers made learning fun, while demanding our best. The depth and breadth of offerings have both improved since I was there. They offer everything from Chinese to honors in just about every science. They recently procured a Thermal Cycler which will allow advanced biology students to perform DNA sequencing experiments....highly advanced and unuasual for a secondary school!
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I like athletics at Blair because, while an important part of our educational experience, athletics never took precedence over academics. Just about everything imaginable is offered including Crew, Ice Hockey, Squash and the more usual sports. Blair has the best prep school wrestling team in the nation and currently has graduates playing varsity basketball at Duke, UConn, Stanford and Texas.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The performing arts are incredibly strong at Blair. The Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the arts was built a few years ago and is widely considered one of the best prep school facilities of its kind nationally. Choral music is particularly strong. The Blair Academy Singers have performed at the Kimmel Center with the Orpheus Club and are scheduled to tour Italy this Spring.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The dorm was great. Each dorm has a Housemaster and ours had 2 additional junior faculty living in apartments within the dorm. The dorms are now all wired for internet access. Faculty are always available to help with academic questions or personal support no matter what hour of the day or night. My dorm was East Hall which was steam heated...quite nice during the cold N.J. winters!
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
There isn't much in Blairstown, either good or bad. That fact never really meant much to me as the school is completely self contained.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The social life at any boarding school has some common characteristics, I'm sure. The student body was and I believe still is collaborative rather than competitive. This really promotes closer ties among students. The usual dances, movies and so forth are held. Basketball and wrestling are big at Blair so sports events also attract a lot of student interest.
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