Tabor Academy - Review #3

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Tabor Academy

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School: 2012-2016
Sports and Activities:I played crew, basketball, lacrosse, and football. During my senior year, I was a proctor. I also started several clubs on campus including the investment club.
College Enrolled:Boston College
Home Town, State: Boston, MA

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
I had an amazing four years boarding at Tabor. What really separates Tabor from any other school is it's location. Being located right on Sippican Harbor allows the students to have so many unique experiences. During my time at Tabor, I took many marine science courses which were absolutely fascinating. They were extremely hands-on, which I loved as some days we would go into the wetlands or take a trip on the boat. I also had the opportunity to learn how to row crew and sail. Another special thing about Tabor is its diversity. Learning about other cultures was so great as it helped me understand different perspectives within the world in which we live. Tabor really fosters diversity by allowing students to express their culture with things like International Dinners A few more things which I loved where the dorms (spacious rooms and extremely caring dorm parents) and the facilities (beautiful turf fields, sports house, and classrooms). I really love how they are constantly improving the campus to keep in top of the line!My favorite memory is Senior Spring before graduating when my class would spend the day on the dock swimming, tanning, and throwing the frisbee.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I think the best thing that happened to me at boarding school was joining the crew team. Tabor's crew team is extremely close-knit and if you have ever rowed before, you know how mentally and physically demanding it is. I think that the mental strength I have gained from rowing crew has to lead me to achieve many things in my life such as running marathons and starting companies. Rowing crew truly changed my life.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would just say take on any opportunity you see! This will allow you to meet the most people and really become part of the community. Some other advice I would give is to understand you are surrounded by amazing faculty members. Everyone cares about you and your success so if you ever need anything reaches out.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Honestly, the people I got to meet at Tabor was the best part. I was able to develop tight bonds with my classmates over the years which will never go away. I have friends from places all over the world like Thailand, Korea, China, Bermuda, and Canada. Actually, just this week I am meeting up with my friend from Thailand. There are so many opportunity to meet people at Tabor and the bonds I have made are amazing.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
I recommend Pokoik because it is by far the best dorm on campus!!


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Overall, I found the academics at Tabor great! There is no doubt that Tabor is a challenging school, but once you figure out how to organize yourself, you will be great. The school helps kids succeed by having teachers offer plenty of office hour, having a mandatory study hall, and also having classes dedicated to setting students up for success. All of the teachers were very invested in my success which helped me succeed. Also, each student has a personal adviser who can help if any problems occur or questions arise.My favorite aspect of Tabor was it's unique marine science courses. During my time at Tabor, I took several courses in the marine science department which were amazing. The material was fascinating and the majority of time spent was hands-on in the wet lab, out in the marsh, or on the boat. These courses not only taught me a lot, but they also helped set my application apart from others when it came to getting into college.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
There are many different athletic teams offered at Tabor and they are constantly expanding. I personally played crew, lacrosse, basketball, and football during my 4 years there. Tabor has an amazing gym and great fitness coaches to help you every step of the way. Also, the Fish Sports Complex in general offers everything an athlete could desire including 4 basketball courts, top of the line squash courts, the previously mentioned gym, a hockey rink, and also a great crew facility.What I liked most about the athletics at Tabor was that people are not defined by what sport they play. I personally was never the greatest at sports, but I never felt at all lesser than those on varsity teams. I have talked to friends at other boarding schools and they find athletics is very important. I like how you don't have to be a star athlete to do well at Tabor.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I personally was not involved in any of the Visual Arts, Music, and Theatre program. I did, however, go to some performances and they were always spectacular! I heard only great things about the arts programs!

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There are tons of extra-curricular activities available. During my time at Tabor, I was in about a dozen clubs which all allowed me to meet great people and do some awesome things. There are also volunteering opportunities, which were always great.What I really liked is how if you did not find a student organization you wanted to join, you could easily start your own. I started the investment club and it quickly became one of the biggest clubs on campus!

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The dorms at Tabor are great. The rooms are all very spacious whether you have a single room or double room. I had both singles and doubles and loved them both. Pokoik is easily the best dorm on campus, so I would recommend trying to get in there. Each night their are two dorm meetings at 8 pm (before study hall) and at 10 pm (at the end of study hall). These are some of the greatest meetings because they bring everyone together as one. Sometimes the dorm parents will also bring food. If you still are hungry, you can always order food at night.When it comes to the room selection process, it happens at the end of each year. Priority decisions are given to those who want to stay in their dorm and then a random selection process occurs. The dorm parents are all extremely friendly and constantly check in with you.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dinning is great at Tabor. They have a basic line of food which is out everyday such as a yogurt bar, sandwich bar, and fruit bar. Then they add in unique offerings. You can check the food schedule online which is helpful.Also, if you are hungry in-between meals, they have breads, peanut butter, jellies, cereal, and beverages for students. This is something that is rare at other schools.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The town of Marion is beautiful. It only takes a few minutes to walk into town and there are some great shops and restaurants. You are not going to find a more quintessential New England coastal town than Marion. The houses are also beautiful and of course, the views of the water are breathtaking.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The social life was great, there were plenty of events such as dances, magic shows, sports games, plays, performance, open-mic nights, etc. I think the social life of Tabor is what made the school so awesome. There is always something to do if you want to go out, or you can opt to just stay in and hang out with friends or get some work on.
Read more details about Tabor Academy on their 2020-21 profile page.

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  • Tabor Academy Alumni #1
    Class of 2017
    5 Stars  
    Middlebury College
    Tabor Academy's waterfront setting is what makes it so unique. With a strong marine science program and multiple research opportunities, its relation to the water and "school by the sea" motto makes it one of. . .
  • Tabor Academy Alumni #2
    Class of 2017
    5 Stars  
    Northeastern University
    Tabor's campus is on the ocean- the School by the Sea! This means two things. One, we get to enjoy a beautiful view- seeing the ocean through the windows, walking across beautiful green grass between. . .
  • Tabor Academy Alumni #3
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars  
    Boston College
    I had an amazing four years boarding at Tabor. What really separates Tabor from any other school is it's location. Being located right on Sippican Harbor allows the students to have so many. . .
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