Linden Hall School - Review #1

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

College EnrolledWashington & Lee University
Home Town, State York, PA
Years Attended Boarding School4
Activities During Boarding SchoolStudent Council (President) Varsity Basketball (Captain) Student Ambassador Orchestra (Co-President, Section Leader) Sinfonia Choir (Section Leader) Musea Noteworthy (Leader)

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Linden Hall's community is unlike any other. Although the students come from completely different backgrounds and more than 30 countries around the globe, they are all friendly, caring, engaged, hard-working, and driven. They are passionate about being members of a global community, and they push themselves and others to think differently and learn more.Being at an all-girls' school for grades 6-12 means that younger students have female role models, including most of the faculty, and learn very quickly that there is no limit to what someone can do. Girls can be in any and all leadership positions and work in any field, even science, math, or technology. So many events involve the entire community that life-long bonds can be formed between the youngest students and the oldest students.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I was confident before I came to Linden Hall, but Linden Hall gave me the skills I need to be successful in college and gave me the space to explore my interests. I know myself better than I think most graduated high school seniors do. Being in this community, I've formed so many strong relationships with younger and older students. A relationship I formed as a young student provided me with an internship opportunity during my senior year. Linden Hall will forever be my home and my second family.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
My advice for kids going to boarding school or any school really is to get involved. There are so many opportunities to do new things and try new things. Don't let fear hold you back, and don't be afraid to personally seek out the things that interest you. If the school doesn't have an astronomy program, but you want it, take the steps to create it yourself.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The people. They are friendly, welcoming, and encouraging. From the moment I stepped foot on campus, I never felt like I wasn't cared about by someone. The teachers are like parents, and the students are my sisters. They have celebrated my achievements with me and pushed me through the hard times too. They have loved me and taught me more about myself and the world around me than I ever imagined.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
I would recommend that all prospective students come to see the school during the school year. The people are what makes Linden Hall the school that it is, so it's amazing if you can see the school in full swing. Try to go downtown too and eat at some of the restaurants and cafes, such as the Sturgis Pretzel Factory, Nino's (Italian food), Chilangos (Mexican food), etc.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The teachers are extremely engaged in the day-to-day lives of the students at the school and make sure that their curriculum and classes reflect the interests of the student body. They create new courses, such as Web Design or Plays and Play writing, or come up with new methods to teach the material in ways that connect with the students.There are also so many AP courses offered on campus, but if there is an AP course that is not offered at the school, such as AP Gov or AP Environmental Science, students are able to take the course online through a partnership with an online all-girls' school.The workload is manageable. Students learn how to study and make good use of free time in their schedules.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Although all students are not athletic, it is mandatory to participate in athletics in some way every year, whether that is by participating in a varsity sport or by participating in an after-school P.E. class. If high school students want to participate in a sport that is not offered at Linden Hall such as track and field or lacrosse, they can participate at Warwick High School, the local public school.The competitiveness of the teams depends on the sport. For example, the varsity basketball team is highly competitive. The athletic teams are improving so that phenomenal academics and competitive athletics can coexist.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
If a student is interested in art, there are definitely opportunities for them every semester, even though I wish there were more options. The visual arts options are 2D art, 3D art, ceramics, and photography, but there are clubs for students who want to get more involved, and plenty of students do go on to art schools in college.There is a designated music block during the day so that students can be involved in both music and visual arts. There are tons of performance opportunities for musicians on campus and in the community and a variety of groups for students to be involved in, such as choirs, orchestras, an acapella group, a rock band, and a hand bell choir. Music is probably the area of the arts program that involves the most students.Most of the theater program takes place after school, and there are 3 productions a year: a high school play, a middle school play, and a musical in the spring.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There are a lot of great options for extracurricular activities, and involvement in at least one club is mandatory. There are academic clubs, such as Club Med, Model United Nations, Science Club, and Math Club; business clubs, such as DECA and LaunchX; and other clubs, such as Chinese Cooking Club, Piano Club, Project Noire, Gender and Sexuality Alliance, etc. Student Council and the Honor Council are two ways that students can work with the whole student body and with the administration. All the clubs host events and help keep students informed and involved on campus and in the world.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
As a day student, I didn't spend a lot of time in the dorms. However, I never felt like I was missing out on anything because I wasn't on campus 24 hours a day. Day students are able to go on all the weekend trips and are invited to join the boarding students for breakfast and dinner.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
I appreciate that we eat all of our meals together. There is no divide between middle school students and high school students, and day students can eat at any meal with the boarding students. During lunch, the teachers also eat in the dining hall with us too.There are tons to eat. In addition to the three designated meal times, the dining hall is open all day and has two designated snack times. The actual food during meal times was decent. Even if I didn't like what was being served in the hot food line, I could just make myself a salad or a sandwich. As a senior, we had the privilege of walking down the street and grabbing food from any restaurant in town during lunch.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Lititz is a small town. It's extremely safe. Luckily, Linden Hall is right on Main Street, so within walking distance, there are pizza shops, cafes, restaurants, a pharmacy, a candy store, ice cream shops, a bank, a post office, a park, bakeries and more. Sometimes, it can get a little repetitive going to the same places over and over again, but there are still a lot of options to exhaust before you might get bored.Lancaster City is close by and Lancaster County has some cool things to see and do. The school offers weekend activities to go out to these places.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The social life at the school is pretty typical. Girls hang out on campus, play games and go out into town together to get food or relax. We have Homecoming, Prom, and some other dances with boys schools nearby. Students go to the sporting events on campus and support each other. I like that even as a day student, I could always be involved at school with my friends, even if that meant me sleeping over on-campus or taking them out somewhere with me, such as to the mall or to the city.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
7:00 AMBreakfast opens
8:30 AMClasses begin
12:15 AMLunch
3:30 PMClasses end
4:15 PMSports/PE begin
5:30 PMDinner opens
7:30 PMStudy hall for boarding students
10:30 PMIn room (high school)
10:45 PMLights out (high school)
Weekend
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