Hebron Academy - Review #1

Read more details about Hebron Academy on their 2019-20 profile page.
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About the Author:

College EnrolledArizona State University
Home Town, State Amesbury, MA
Years Attended Boarding School4
Activities During Boarding SchoolField hockey, alpine skiing, lacrosse, rock climbing

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Hebron encouraged us to serve the surrounding community with designated community service days throughout the school year, as well as celebrating the diversity of our school by themed dinners and cultural events.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Boarding school gave me such a unique experience that I feel gives me a huge advantage now that I am out on my own. I learned how to work hard towards goals, and how to manage time. I find myself following a very similar schedule even now that I don’t have mandatory study halls or meal times. I have so much experience with other cultures and have been able to take that with me while traveling or when I am introduced to other people from different parts of the world. Having teachers that truly cared about my success and well being made a huge impact on me, and I often still contact them for advice or just to catch up.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Don’t be afraid to make friends! Leave your door open, sit with people in the dining hall, ask everyone’s name. I consider everyone I went to school with a part of my family. It can be overwhelming and scary, and sometimes it is so difficult, but I don’t regret a second of it. Everyone is in the same boat!
4.) What did you like most about your school?
It had such a family feel to it, and the teachers were amazing. It still feels like home.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
A union breakfast sandwich can cure almost anything.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The classes were small and intimate, largely discussion based with most classrooms set up in a circle shape. Teachers were always available for extra help and to ensure your success. We were given many opportunities to be hands-on through labs, field trips and other unique opportunities.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Everyone is included in athletics, which encourages those who are less experienced to find a new hobby/passion. While some teams are more competitive than others, there is a level for everyone and the long drives to away games are some of the best bonding experiences.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The arts are celebrated just as much as the athletics at Hebron, everyone is encouraged to show their own interests and talents! They have recently even created an “artist of the week” feature, whereas previously there was only an “athlete of the week”. This is a great addition to help celebrate the diverse talents of the students!

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Anyone could start a club, and there were also leadership opportunities such as student government and student proctors. Everyone was invited and encouraged to participate, and it was always easy to find someone who shared your interests.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life is a huge adjustment, but I loved it. I got to know so many different people from all over the world, and it was so easy to transition to a college dorm setting. We had weekly “life meetings” to discuss any problems or concerns in the dorm, and to do fun activities in small groups. I had the best dorm parents, who always celebrated birthdays and other milestones with us. And there were dogs!

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
While eating in a dining hall for every meal can get old, the staff made a huge effort to give us the best possible food and include everybody’s culture in dining hall options. There were gluten free and vegetarian options as well, and we even grew some of our produce on campus! Locally sourced food was used whenever possible, and the homemade bakery items were the best.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
There is pretty much nothing around the school itself, but I find myself missing how quiet, safe and serene it was. There were great trails for hiking and running, and we were given plenty of trip opportunities to Portland or Freeport to get a taste of the city.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The school was so small that you knew everyone’s name so quickly, and a friend is always within arms reach. Lunches and dinners are full of great conversation and back at the dorm there were so many movie nights and sleepovers. When you were homesick you always had someone to lean on, and day student families would frequently “adopt” you for weekends.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
8:00 AMBreakfast
8:30 AMFirst class
12:30 AMLunch
3:30 PMAfter school activity
5:30 PMDinner
7:30 PMStudy hall
11:00 PMLights out
Weekend
Read more details about Hebron Academy on their 2019-20 profile page.

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Hebron Academy Alumni #1
    Class of 2017
    5 Stars  
    Arizona State University
    Hebron encouraged us to serve the surrounding community with designated community service days throughout the school year, as well as celebrating the diversity of our school by themed dinners and cultural events. . .
  • Hebron Academy Alumni #2
    Class of 2017
    5 Stars  
    University of Oregon
    Hebron was so transformative for me. The main things that I can accredit this to are the the population of international students on campus and the community among women. In the upper school (the high. . .
  • Hebron Academy Alumni #3
    Class of 2009
    5 Stars  
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Hebron is my home and the home of hundreds of my peers. It is a tightly knit community filled with a highly engaging and focused energy. It is the kind of place where. . .
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