Stuart Hall School - Review #5

Read more details about Stuart Hall School on their 2018-19 profile page.
Stuart Hall School
5

About the Author:

College EnrolledUniversity of Virginia
Home Town, State Mount Sidney, VA
Years Attended Boarding School5
Activities During Boarding SchoolVarsity Riding Team- Co-Captain Class Officer-9th-12th grades Academic Committee- President Christian Fellowship- Co-Founder and President Yearbook committee- staff member Social committee- member Ambassador's Club- member Facilities Review committee- member

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Stuart Hall's small class sizes and caring faculty really do give it the "family" atmosphere that it advertises. While at Stuart Hall I had many opportunities to explore the subjects and extracurriculars that interested me, such as independent study art courses and the Varsity Riding team. I am still very close to my classmates at Stuart Hall and I will always appreciate the wonderful friendships I formed there. When I arrived at college, I found I was way ahead of many of my classmates in my writing skills and my ability to handle a heavy work load. I am extremely grateful to the faculty at Stuart Hall for the wonderful preparation for college that I received. I think Stuart Hall is a wonderful school for students looking for small class sizes and lots of interaction with faculty and other students at the school, yet also a strong college preparatory program tailored to meet each student's individual needs. Another high point of this school is the wonderful relationship it maintains with its alumni, whom always feel they have a "second home" at Stuart Hall.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
My experience at Stuart Hall helped me to mature and be ready to face the challenges of college. I learned to be responsible for myself and prepared for the heavy academic load. Most importantly, I formed wonderful lasting friendships that I don't feel I would have formed in any other environment.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have tried to make the most of all my time there because it went by so fast. Do not wait until the upper grades to join clubs or try new activities. Try to stay around on the weekends rather than going home, or invite a classmate home with you. Always go to consultation...it's a great way to get to know your teachers better as well as get extra help on assignments!
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I loved the wonderful faculty and staff, my great classmates, and the caring, family-like atmosphere.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Talk to as many people as possible in order to get a real feel for what Stuart Hall is all about. Check out the memorial gardens behind the school and be sure to go up on dorm and check out the *huge* rooms. Staunton also has a lot to offer so make sure you explore the town.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Academics are strong at Stuart Hall and the curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of each student. I had wonderful professors, especially in the English department. Honors, AP, and Independent Study courses are available. The workload is typical of a boarding school; heavy but not overwhelming. The environment is very supportive, rather than competitive, as each student is pursuing his or her own goals.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Mandatory participation in athletics is required, but students have freedom to pursue the activity of their choice. I did horseback riding independently, as well as being a member of the Varsity Riding team. Some sports are club activities and do not compete, while all JV and Varsity sports compete against area private schools. Coaching is usually done by local coaches or faculty members.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The Visual Arts, Music, and Theatre program has developed into a full-fledged preparatory program for students pursuing entrance into competitive university level art programs and top-ranked art schools. This program was not available during my time as a student, but I greatly enjoyed my opportunities to take independent study art classes and participate in drama productions. The school is extremely committed to the arts and has many local art venues, including The Blackfriar's Theatre for Shakespeare productions downtown.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I liked the freedom to be a member of many clubs and the time built into the school schedule for club meetings. There is an organization for everyone and many volunteering activities locally and regionally with other schools.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Almost every boarder has their own room and every hall has a prefect and a dorm parent. Prefects have bathrooms and mini-refrigerators in their rooms, while other students share hall bathrooms, a hall kitchen, and a hall TV room. Students are free to spend time on other halls most hours of the evening before study hall or lights out. Rooms are selected by students selection by seniority. Vending machines are available throughout the school for late night food access and students may order out for food during certain hours.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining hall is cafeteria style several days a week during lunch and family style the other days. Breakfast and dinner are always cafeteria style. There are many dining options, including vegetarian and low-fat. Seating is only assigned on days students sit with their advisors.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
There are many wonderful shops, restaurants, and boutiques in downtown Staunton, as well as a movie theatre and Blackfriar's Playhouse. The school arranges many opportunities for students to go shopping or do activities outside of school. Students are able to walk to many of the shops and restaurants downtown.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The school plans many activities for students on the weekends including mixers, ski trips, college basketball games, hiking, camping, etc. Great friendships are formed within the school, yet there are many opportunities to meet students from area boarding schools.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
1:00 AM7:30 am Breakfast
1:00 AM7:50 am Morning assembly
1:00 AM8-8:45 am Consultation
1:00 AM8:45 am-12 pm classes
1:00 AM12pm-12:45 Chapel
1:00 AM12:45-1:30 lunch
1:00 AM1:30- 3:50 afternoon classes
1:00 AM4pm-6pm athletics
1:00 AM6pm-7pm dinner
1:00 AM7:30-9:30 pm study hall
1:00 AM9:30-11pm free time
1:00 AM11 pm in room
1:00 AM12 pm lights out
Weekend
1:00 AMsaturday afternoon-evening: mixer with another boarding school
1:00 AMsunday am- church
1:00 AMsunday afternoon-- spend time downtown, hang out with friends
1:00 AMsunday evening- study
Read more details about Stuart Hall School on their 2018-19 profile page.

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