Stoneleigh-Burnham School - Review #10

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Stoneleigh-Burnham School

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School: 1988-1992
Sports and Activities:Field Hockey- Captain, All star basketball- Captain, All Star Softball, Captain, All star Octet- President (2 years) Chorus Debate Team Student Council, Class President, Representative Key Club Tour Guide Academic Tutor
College Enrolled:Bucknell University
Home Town, State: Turners Falls, MA

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
SBS is unique primarily due to the fact that ONLY girls may attend. Without the distractions of boys in the classroom, students may focus on finding, creating, and speaking their powerful voices. A great deal of support is available for the students who dare to succeed and challenge themselves.The single sex education theory is what attracted me to the school, but the staff motivated me and inspired me to stay. The athletic teams, music department, and riding departments are world famous and excellent sources of expressing talent for both students and teachers.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I know I found my voice at SBS. I know I became an individual who was strong, assertive, and influential. The experience is hard to express in words; it is just worth giving it a try.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have tried more activites and branched out more with my electives. However, all the hard work pays off later!
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The experience... overall was what I liked the best.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Get to know PB while you can. He is a great guy! Say hi to Emily and John Whitney who just had a baby boy- Emily, a grad of SBS, works in admissions.


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved the challenges it provided to me. I remember sitting in front of a computer in college, typing away, while my roommate struggled with grammar, organization of her thoughts, and spending countless hours learning the structure of written material. My life was easier due to the hard work I did at SBS.There were challenging AP courses, countless electives, and so many options from which to choose. I found my interests and talents and was able to fit it all in a schedule.I also really enjoyed the advisor relationships that we could have. There were 2 days a week where we would have an all school meeting and 1 day a week reserved for advisors. Even though a lax week would end in a conversation with my advisor, I am so grateful for the opportunity.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I LOVED sports at SBS. The tradition of success and teamwork have been unmatched in any other levels of athletics since. I went on to play College Softball and Basketball. Without the sports at SBS, I would not be where I am today. The coaches were outstanding motivators and professionals. I loved it!

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
While singing in Octet and chorus, and playing trumpet in the musials, I realize that I was one of the reasons the music program excelled. We traveled to England and multiple cities in the Northeast to perform, receiving countless standing ovations and praise.For a small school, SBS has a phenominal Music Director in Cyndee Meese.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There are many extracurricular activites from which to choose at SBS. There are many avenues where students can be a part of their education and be respected for their ideas. Each extracurric is a challenge in and of itself, but all the work is well worth it in the end.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I did not live at SBS, I was a day student, but I lived there during the summer when we held softball camp since 1991. The rooms are big enough to have your own space, but small enough to call home.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining hall was excellent!!!! There was always a ton of choices and plenty of time in which to eat. We had a chef (while I was there) who could really cook!

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
I like the town so much, I eventually moved back into it! The town needs to grow, but still offers small town New England life with all the comforts of a larger city.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I liked being able to call and hang out with my border friends all weekend, but having games on weekends made it difficult for them to go home. I know that boys are located at other local schools, but this was the area where we had to initiate the most contact.

Daily Schedule:

7:45 AMCHeck in at Breakfast
8:00 AM1st period begins
9:00 AM2nd period begins
10:00 AMbreak!!!!!!! Octet practice
10:30 AMClass Meeting or Octet
11:00 AM3rd begins
12:00 AMLunch begins
12:15 PMLab classes get out for lunch
1:00 PM4th begins
1:45 PM5th begins
2:30 PM6th begins- CHORUS
3:30 PMPractice begins
6:00 PMDinner!
7:00 PMMeetings for STUCO etc
7:30 PMStudy hall begins
9:00 AMBreakfast
12:00 AMLunch
1:00 PMGames, travel to games
5:00 PMReturn from games, call friends, make plans for food, movies
11:30 PMweekend check in
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