Brandon Hall School - Review #2
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2019-2020|
|Sports and Activities:||1) Volleyball Team Captain 2) Tennis Team Captain 3) Student Leadership and Diversity Council 4) Assistant choreographer of a dance group for middle and high school students 5) All School Assembly Host 6) National Honor Society Member|
|College Enrolled:||Fordham University|
|Home Town, State:||Jacksonville, FL|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
1) The campus is on a nature preserve and so beautiful... but also close to Atlanta and all the boarding events that students could want to do near a big city. All athletic facilities are on the grounds and the small school environment really helped shape me as both a competitive Volleyball and tennis player.2) Leadership opportunities for kids are everywhere... I was a member of the Student Leadership and Diversity Council and co-hosted weekly assemblies and impacted policy. There is also a Center for Global Youth Leadership that pushes kids to do some amazing entrepreneurial projects.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I was raised in boarding schools since Kindergarten, but high school at Brandon Hall was the first time I actually lived in a dorm for 4 years. There are so many advantages to dorm life but the people and friends from around the USA and globe really stands out for me. I learned how to work through issues with floor mates and also what it means to live in community but also grow as an independent student.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Take advantage of all boarding has to offer... get out of your room as often as possible and get to know your dorm mates. Participate in dorm life to the fullest.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The community and the opportunities to try on different things...from leadership to sports to clubs!
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Take more advantage of the natural setting...there are so many deer and birds. Spend more time walking down to the river and just being outside.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
There were many classes that set me on a new course for things I would study later in college. One of these was astronomy and also the other sciences (STEM). The teachers pushed me to compete in state and regional competitions and STEAM Fairs. The small classes really helped me focus on making connections and feeling like I could go deeper into subjects. BHS - with its global student community - is an incredibly diverse school!
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Had I attended a really large school, I'm not sure I would have discovered my deep love for tennis. Brandon Hall developed me as a player and person and gave me many scholarship opportunities for continuing my play at a college level.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
There were always really high-quality theater performances and arts shows. The school now has a major partnership with the Atlanta Workshop Players so even more stuff is happening like a TV studio for filming.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I was more focused on sports after school as a 3 season athlete for most of my 4 years at Brandon Hall, but there are also many clubs like Robotics, Music Production and Engineering, Math Team, E Sports, and the Arts!
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I made some of the best friendships as a resident in the dorm. Atlanta offers so much to boarding students on weekends and I tried to do everything I could in my years there including many Saturday service opportunities!
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Atlanta is within a 20 minute drive, but there are also great north Atlanta communities like Roswell and Alpharetta... shopping, theaters, and outdoor tennis areas and parks!
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The movie nights, dorm trips, and assemblies.
Alumni Reviews Review School
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- N/A What makes Brandon Hall so unique is the people there. The people are all so welcoming and kind. Which was something I wasn't used to when I first got there? The teachers are very involved. . .
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- Gwinnett Tech The fact that Brandon hall made your weekends something to look forward to is amazing. Whether it being a bonfire out of simple or going to six flags, the dorm staff always made it so. . .
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