Oldfields School - Review #1

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

College EnrolledSt. Lawrence University
Home Town, State Virginia Beach, VA
Years Attended Boarding School3
Activities During Boarding SchoolI've ridden horses all three years that I've been at Oldfields. This has been an amazing experience for me and it helped me grow as a horsewoman and a person. I've learned so much from the riding program and I would highly recommend it to anyone of any experience level. During the winter trimester of my senior year an amazing opportunity was presented to me, I could be in the winter play, Steel Magnolias. I had not ever been in a play before or even thought of doing theatre, but with the help of the teachers and the students around me I played a huge role in the play and it helped me believe that I can do anything in life if I really set my mind to it.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
I would say that the two most prominent thing that make Oldfields unique is May Program. May Program is a learning opportunity for all students whether that be at Oldfields, in the United States, or abroad. My first year here I did the World War II Program which is where we traveled around Europe for the two weeks of May Program. My second year here I did Outdoor Experience in this we went throughout Maryland and did different activities exploring the outdoors, we went canoeing, hiking, kayaking, zip lining, we went through an obstacle course, and so much more. My final year at Oldfields I went to Iceland and rode horses, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity in which I bonded with the girls with me and the land around me.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Oldfields has helped me figure out what I’m passionate about and it has made me realize that I have a voice and a choice in life.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have tried harder to make friends. The school is very accepting but I tried to close myself off to everyone when I first got here. Without the help of my peers and the faculty I would have never come out of my shell.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The riding program because it has given me an outlet to figure out who I want to be.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out here to make new friends and meet new people.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I love the academic schedule, we have three classes a day and each class is eighty minutes long and has about an hour break in between each class. Oldfields really encourages their students to seek extra help which is something that my old school didn’t do. Through Oldfields I learned to talk to my teachers if I’m having problems, not just struggle throughout the whole year. The break in between the first and second class periods is called extra help specifically so that you can talk to your teachers if you need to. The class sizes are quite small which allows for a lot of one on one learning and makes it hard for you to fall behind in your classes.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
My favorite thing about the athletics program is that since we are such a small school it makes it easy for students to try any sport they want to, nobody has to worry about not making the team.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The teachers that are at Oldfields for the visual and performing arts are phenomenal. They all know what they are talking about and they have a huge passion for what they are doing. They would always put in extra hours to help you achieve your goals. The facilities are very nice.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There are volunteer opportunities every weekend which makes it easy to fulfill your community service requirements. There is never a time at Oldfields where there isn’t something for you to do, you don’t always have to participate in them, but They are there if you would like to participate in them.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
My experience with dorm life at Oldfields has been amazing, the dorm parents are incredibly kind, accommodating, and they even frequently make us treats when they are on duty. I have yet to find a dorm parent that doesn’t love what they are doing. The dorms are very nice and they keep doing renovations during the summers to make them nicer. If you are having a problem with your room or your roommate the school will help you as much as they need to and will switch your roommate if necessary.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The food at Oldfields is amazing, there are so many options to choose from and if you don’t like the food that they made then you can make yourself a salad or a sandwich. I am allergic to gluten and the dining hall staff has been very accommodating for it, they make me my own meal when the normal food contains gluten and they are always willing to answer any of my questions about the food.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The thing that I like most about Oldfields is that it is in the middle of nowhere, except it is just a ten minute drive to Hunt Valley (a shopping center) which has anything you could ever want or need. It is really peaceful here and makes you closer with your peers.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The thing that I like most about the social setting are Oldfields is that everyone is from different places so no matter where you are from or what you are like you will always find a place here. It is easy for people to make friends here since there is a huge diversity amongst the students.
Read more details about Oldfields School on their 2019-20 profile page.

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  • Review Description
  • Oldfields School Alumni #1
    Class of 2019
    5 Stars  
    St. Lawrence University
    I would say that the two most prominent thing that make Oldfields unique is May Program. May Program is a learning opportunity for all students whether that be at Oldfields, in the United States, or. . .
  • Oldfields School Alumni #2
    Class of 2018
    5 Stars  
    Shenandoah University
    One aspect that O.S has that no other school is how our school is split into Green or White Teams. These team all year have a friendly competition that not only helps you make friends. . .
  • Oldfields School Alumni #3
    Class of 2017
    5 Stars  
    Muhlenberg College
    I don't know what other boarding schools are like, but the teachers and coaches at Oldfields cared about me learning, growing, and being happy in a way I never could have imagined. I was surrounded. . .
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