Stuart Hall School - Review #2

Read more details about Stuart Hall School on their 2019-20 profile page.
Stuart Hall School
5

About the Author:

College EnrolledWashington University
Home Town, State Hanoi
Years Attended Boarding School2
Activities During Boarding Schooln/a

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The close-knitted environment is unique to Stuart Hall. All teachers, faculty, and students hang out in the arcade, discuss inside and outside of classrooms, participate in school's activities (red/white tradition...). The teachers are all very nice people who seek to help you improve. The school is also very rich in traditions: Juniors/Seniors, Ring Ceremony, Chapel Talk...
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The best thing that's happened to me was the people I have met during my time at Stuart Hall. Some examples: Mrs. Nava's AP Statistics class with her quote on the wall: "Chances favor the prepared minds." Mr. Arnold and his hard exams as well as in-class tasks for AP Government and Philosophy, which prepared me well for college level classes and personal reading enjoyment. Madame was the French teacher and my dearest friend, who would listen to you patiently, support you unwaveringly, and always prompt you for improvements personally and academically.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would attend more activities on and off campus such as hiking trips, apple picking, pumpkin painting, DIY sessions. You don't get to do a lot of such things in college.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I love the close-knitted community made up of Stuart Hall teachers and students, as well as the small endearing downtown Staunton.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Definitely check out Split Banana on Beverley St! They have the best gelato flavors! Also the Shakespeare theater downtown.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Stuart Hall offers a rigorous academic program which prepared me well for college. The diversity and depth of classes available are standard compared to the national average. However, there are some great and dedicated teachers who would go above and beyond. You got to really put in the effort for those teachers. The workload was light to medium in my opinion. If you are taking AP classes and aiming for a 5, my advice is to really put extra effort on your own, do more practice problems than what is required, and use some supplementary sources (Khan Academy, BozemanScience, and practice prep books).

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I am not very athletic. The athletic scene to me was pretty good. There are quite many sports offered: basketball, cross-country, badminton, soccer...

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I love the plays the students put up! We frequently had plays and programs on Fridays and weekends. Mr . West and his students put a lot of effort into these.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
i heard there have been many changes extra-curricular wise. When I went there, I did PEP club, involving drawing and decorating signs.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life was fun! I heard they just renovated the dorm, which was pretty awesome. I never had problems with space when I was there. The buildings used to be super old though. Light out at 11PM. Shared bathrooms and toilets at the end of the hall. Caring dorm parents and generally good border kids.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining hall was quite small for the growing population of students. There were two separate lunch shifts: middle school and upper school students. When it is lunch time (somewhere around 11AM-1PM), you would line up and get your food in a buffet style and have around 45 minutes to eat at round tables (maybe 6-7 students/table). There are advisory lunches where you sit with your advisor and your advisory friends. Each advisory group is assigned to do lunch duties (wiping tables, moping floor...) in alphabetical order.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Staunton is forever a home in my heart! I love the area. It is pretty all year round, very small city but we don't run out of fun and activities (library, park, shops, stores, restaurants...). the local families are wonderful.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I like the border community at Stu. We had theme dinners, engaging activities at weekends with dorm parents (cookie decorations, fudge making...) while still having our freedom and personal space.
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    Class of 2017
    5 Stars  
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    Unlike most boarding schools in the United States which tend to have large campuses in rather rural or otherwise secluded areas, Stuart Hall School has a rather small campus located inside a small town and. . .
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    Class of 2016
    5 Stars  
    Washington University
    The close-knitted environment is unique to Stuart Hall. All teachers, faculty, and students hang out in the arcade, discuss inside and outside of classrooms, participate in school's activities (red/white tradition...). The teachers are all very. . .
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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