The Gunnery - Review #2

The Gunnery

About the Author:

College Enrolled University Of Rochester
Home Town, State (Country) Ann Arbor, NY
Years Attended Boarding School 3
Activities During Boarding School Prefect, Community Service Group, Field Hockey, Crew

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
What really sets The Gunnery apart from other schools is the tightly knit community. It is very easy to (and impossible not to) find yourself developing close relationships with faculty members and students alike. During my time at The Gunnery, I saw a lot of people ‘blossom’, as you might put it—academically and more generally, as people. More than anything I felt myself blossom. I credit my growth at The Gunnery to the relationships I built with a diverse group of people, including outstanding faculty members. I never felt smothered, as you might imagine a small school would make you feel. I always felt encouraged. The faculty is able to treat you as an individual with individual needs and ways of growing. The other thing about a small school like The Gunnery is it’s a great place for ambitious students with ideas. You have the flexibility to start a club or after school activity, as an independent study project or as a group activity. I was involved in the founding of a Community Service Group that became very successful and my brother who also attended The Gunnery built a hovercraft with another student as an independent study project. They actually got it to work and it was able to hover over Lake Waramaug.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I remember my best singular moment at The Gunnery was when I was walking back from a class to my dorm on a path and the sun was flickering through the trees. It was one of those times when you're reflecting on your life and everything seems to be going your way. I was doing well academically, I just found out a few minutes earlier that my Junior Research Paper on Delia Bacon had been nominated to be published, I had a good community service project going, I had an established social life that ‘fit’ me really well. I remember feeling accomplished and genuinely happy.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would say come with an open mind and be ready to experience new things.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The people, and everything that I learned both academically and about myself.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
If you are a girl, Bourne is the place to be. I spent all three years I was there living in Bourne and I wouldn't have it any other way. It's a beautiful tudor mansion. Bourne Gardens is behind the building. This is a great place to hang out with your friends on a sunny afternoon or for a midnight snowball fight in the winter.


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The teachers were very knowledgeable and encouraging. I had many teachers at The Gunnery who stand out in my mind as great teachers. If you choose to participate in it, there is a competitive academic environment. I chose to participate and by pushing myself to compete in certain classes, I was able to excel in ways that I didn't know I could


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Sports teams are a great way to get exercise and become friends with people outside of the classroom. You can learn a lot from being involved in team sports.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The visual arts program is really flexible. There are many options available to students who are interested. One of my good friends at The Gunnery was a really amazing opera singer. She had a teacher who came to campus to be her voice coach. She is now at Columbia and Juilliard pursuing a dual degree.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
If it isn't already there, you can start it. I was involved in community service, which turned out to be a great opportunity.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life is really fun. The girls I lived with were great. I can't count how many fun nights we had just spending time together and being silly. I found I had to find a secret hiding place to get my work done but that's not hard in the dorm I lived in which is an old tudor mansion.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining hall at The Gunnery was recently redone. It's really beautiful. People hold wedding receptions there during the summer when school is out. Even though we are a small school there are a lot of options in terms of food, including vegetarian.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
There is a really cute town with shops that you can walk to. Also the hiking trails are amazing.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I have yet to make friends like the ones I made at The Gunnery. It's a great place to spend your high school years and it's the people who make it that way. The fact that the school is co-ed is a plus.

Daily Schedule:

8:00 AMGet up and go to breakfast
8:30 AMEconomics class
9:15 AMFree block (nap, excercise, or homework)
10:00 AM15 min snack break
10:15 AMEnglish Class (long block)
11:45 AMLunch
12:45 AMMath class
1:30 PMSpanish class
2:15 PMsports practice, dinner, homework, hang out with friends, bed
9:00 AMspanish
9:45 AMbiology (long block)
10:30 AMfree block
11:15 AMlunch
12:00 AMhome or away game
3:00 PMhome, to a friends house or the the city for the night

Alumni Reviews
  Review School

  • Review Description
  • The Gunnery Alumni #1
    Class of 2000
    5 Stars   11/18/2005
    Cornell University
    The Gunnery is unique in its approach to learning and growth. I had never before and never since experienced an environment that was so meticulously tailored to the individual student. From the moment you arrive. . .
  • The Gunnery Alumni #2
    Class of 1999
    5 Stars   8/10/2006
    University Of Rochester
    What really sets The Gunnery apart from other schools is the tightly knit community. It is very easy to (and impossible not to) find yourself developing close relationships with faculty members and students alike. During. . .
  • The Gunnery Alumni #3
    Class of 1997
    5 Stars   6/8/2005
    University of Pennsylvania
    I initially chose the Gunnery as my high school because of its location. After my first visit to the school, I knew I would enjoy being amongst the rolling hills of Litchfield County, hiking and. . .
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