Linden Hall School - Review #5
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2003-2005|
|Sports and Activities:||International Night Quiz Bowl Tennis Team Ledger (newspaper) Echo (literary magazine) National Honors Society|
|College Enrolled:||Ursinus College|
|Home Town, State:||PA, PA|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Linden Hall has a mandatory number of personal development points (PDPs) that students must get throughout the year. They come in the categories of off-campus and on campus community service, life-long learning, and cultural. Through the year the school offers many activities to help the students fulfill these requirements and become a more rounded person. In addition, a majority of the teacher live on campus and are only steps away from boarding students. They are always there to help with school work or life problems, and are happy to do it. The faculty become like family and not feared adults.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Best thing- I learned how to ask for help and not be skeptical if people are nice to me. I've grown so much, but I honestly can't say exactly how. I know that I am much more confident in the classroom to ask questions, and to open up to people who I can trust. I also learned how to deal with conflict and avoid/subside drama in the dorms!
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
For those worried about going to boarding school, DO NOT WORRY!!! You will make the greatest friends, and have support from everyone at the school. Everyone is there to help, and wants to help. If you get lonely, open your door and walk towards the nearest booming voice or music!
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I loved the sense of community and belonging.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
GO TO CAFE!!! Be on time for Wednesday dinner. Sitting outside near the tennis courts is a great place to clear your head. Bring some food in case Chef Bob prepares something you don't like. Mosey around the dorms - you'll always find someone to talk to.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The academics at LH are as difficult as you and your classmates can handle. The teachers teach in various styles to help all students learn and grasp concepts. If a class is not particularly good at the subject and has a rough time, the class can be brought down a step so the general lessons can be learned without overloading the students with too much information that they do not even grasp. Teachers are always available to help at sometimes all hours of the day. Special efforts are made in every case to get special help for students that need it. The teachers become your friends, almost like family, so no one feels scared to ask questions. Many classes are fully taken up by students questions, which I found to lead to further understanding, and allowed the teachers to understand the class's learning styles. For those who have a hard time formulating their questions, the teachers and other students will work together to solve the problem and help them out. No student is left behind to fail, or do horribly. But in addition, it is up to the student to try. The diversity of classes is pretty fair for such a small school. Honors and AP classes are offered, and grades are often combined in such classes. The workload all depends on the classes taken and the students interest taken in the subject. There is little or no competition between students. Everyone supports one another and accepts each others strengths and weaknesses.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Everyone is required to take gym class the entire year, but students on a sports team are waived and do not need to take a gym class during the school day, and thus have a free period. Linden Hall is best known for its equestrian program, where it has won numerous awards against other private schools in the Region. Soccer, basketball, volleyball, and tennis are also popular. Swimming, track, lacrosse, field hockey and other sports are offered through the relationship LH has with the local public high school. The school has a beautiful gym and dance studio.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Linden Hall has VERY strong art, music, and theater programs. The teachers all have many years of experience and are willing to go out of their way and spend ours of their own time to help students, prepare for performances, direct plays, and arrange for the Scholastic Art Awards. Linden Hall won the most awards at the awards with the least students participating. Two of last years seniors won prestigious awards for their art portfolios, which had a focus on photography. In theater there is a fall play and spring music, a competitive drama team, and mock trial team. There is a bell choir and choir available, along with lessons for instruments. Every year they travel to Hershey to compete in a competition.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There are many opportunities to start a club, or join what is available. There are many school traditions such as international night and Blue and White in which students get involved after school and practice and prepare.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
There is ALWAYS someone to talk to! All students have a roommate in either the middle school (6-8) or upper school dorms. Once a student will be entering 10th grade they can apply for their own room in the ILD (Independent Living Dorm). For the normal upper school dorms, you must be in your dorm by 10:15 and lights out by 10:45, unless you ask for late lights to finish homework. Many students order food from a local Chinese place, pizza place, and Pizza Hut. It can be ordered anytime before 9 pm, except on Wednesdays. I lived with a roommate on year, and in the ILD the next. I certainly recommend the ILD because it has its own lounge and you really bond with your dorm mates. In addition, you have your own sink in your room, can stay up as late as you want, and don't need to study during study hall hours, which is from 7:30-9:30 Mon-Thurs for normal upper school dorms, and 8-9pm on Sunday.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Dining is like a buffet, always with cereal, bread for peanut butter and jelly, oat meal, soft drink fountains... Wednesday night dinners are formal and everyone has assigned seats, and two students are given the jobs of server and clean up. Chef Bob can prepare just about anything for you if you ask. Some students like the food, while others don't! But some meals are loved and are looked forward to.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The town is quaint. There are a good many little shops with knick knacks (good for gifts), two pizza places, a subway, ice cream shop, a park, pharmacy, and a new chocolate cafe! The people are very nice.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The social life is very good because wherever you go there is normally someone around and willing to talk. There are so many different kinds of students that attend Linden Hall, yet they all find respect for each other, despite their difference. There are so many international students and it is great to live with them and learn their customs.
|8:00 AM||school starts|
|11:00 AM||gym/choir/free hour|
|3:15 PM||school ends-academic help|
|3:45 PM||sports/activities/hang out|
|7:30 PM||study hall|
|9:30 PM||hang out|
|10:45 PM||lights out|
|11:00 AM||hang out/go to town/homework|
|2:00 AM||go to movies|
|5:30 AM||order food/dinner|
|8:00 AM||hang out|
|11:45 AM||lights out|
Alumni Reviews Review School
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- Washington & Lee University 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. . .
- Davidson College Linden Hall is very unique in its high level academics. I felt completely prepared for college through standardized test prep and challenging coursework, as well as interactive class discussions and effective writing assignments. The teachers. . .
- Princeton University Linden Hall undoubtedly has great academics. However, what I believe truly sets it apart from other schools, especially other schools offering similarly rigorous course loads, is the community. We are a small school. . .
Several things make boarding school special. The learning, the community, the sports. All these and more.
A private school in its infancy is quite different from the mature community it becomes over time. I wonder what the founders of these five schools would think about them today. I bet they would be very proud of their creations.
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