The Stony Brook School - Review #3

The Stony Brook School
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled University of Hartford
Home Town, State (Country) St. James, NY
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School I was a member of the Varsity softball team for all four of my years at Stony Brook, I was a captain as well. I was involved in a few other sports as well as some plays. I was on the Admissions Council, which gives tours and helps with prospective students. I was on O'Staff(Orientation Staff) which helps out the new students move into their dorms, show them around campus, and guide them through registration. I was on the H.E.A.R.T. council, which is the school's community service council as well as the Activities Council which plans various activities for students. As a senior, I was asked to be a tutor as my work job. (A work job is another aspect of Stony Brook that makes it unique.Every student is assigned to a one of the many 'work jobs' for the year and give back to the community in that way.) I was a mentor my senior year. I was also the Prom Committee Head and we had a very fun & successful prom at the W Hotel in Manhattan

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The Stony Brook School was built not only on academic excellence, but also on a strong Christian foundation. I really feel this helped to build the person I am today. As a senior we were required to take a course called "Faith in the 21st Century." This course truly made me re-evaluate myself not only as a Christian, but an individual living in society today. The Christian environment really made us a family and it truly is a part of high school that I sorely miss. At Stony Brook, being involved in a sport is also mandatory as we didn't have physical education classes. I feel this also helped build our community to what it is, we all had each others backs, whether it be in the classroom, on the athletic field or in prayer. Our Prefect Board is another thing that makes Stony Brook so unique. The Prefect Board is a group of seniors who are pretty much the student leaders of the school. There is a prefect for nearly every aspect of student life; there is a head prefect, one for each of the dorms, as well as activities, admissions, academics & culinary services.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I feel Stony Brook truly shaped the person I am today. I have set standards for myself as well as for the people I surround myself with that I do not feel I would have been able to do if I had attended another school. I've really come into my faith, or at least started the path that I feel is planned for me which is something I was encouraged to do at Stony Brook.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
My advice would be to embrace all that boarding school has to offer. You may not realize it at the time but your really fortunate to be in the type of situation you're in. Most kids don't experience such diversity in their lives until the college-level, but at Stony Brook you have the opportunities to make friends from across the nation as well as across the globe. I think I would have taken part in the ISP program at school. The International Student Partnership is a program where an American student is paired up with an international student and at various points over the year each takes a trip to the homeland of their partner. It truly would have been amazing to visit another culture and I wish I could go back and take this advantage.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I really enjoyed the closeness of our school's community. Every teacher knew my name and I knew they would help me or guide me if I sought after them. I enjoyed the fact that as a senior I could have interaction with students from every grade, whether it be on the athletic field or as a tutor or mentor. I really miss going to chapel every day as well.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Meet the teachers when you visit! Some of my teachers (like Mr. Johnson, my 10th grade honors English teacher and my senior AP English lit teacher) is one of my favorite people ever! The teachers at Stony Brook are truly remarkable and intelligent people, who also have a strong faith. Sit in on some classes and attend a chapel.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The academics at Stony Brook were, in my opinion, tougher then the academics at my local public school. I've come to that conclusion not only from my own observations, but from those of my friends who attended that public school. Our workload may have seem large at the time, however now in college I have in fact less work then I did in my junior and senior years at high school! I am very grateful of the work ethics that were developed during my time at the Brook. It is quite surprising to me that many of my peers in my freshman class do not know how to write a research paper, something that was a mandatory part of the Stony Brook curriculum! I really miss my teachers from Stony Brook. With such a small student population, the teachers truly get to know each and every student. A stronger and more mature relationship is reached between the faculty and student body. It may sound corny, but we truly are a family at The Stony Brook School.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
As Stony Brook does not have a large student body, our athletics are not our strongest quality. We have a variety of sports teams, however certain ones are notoriously better then others. Our basketball teams are known throughout Long Island. I really enjoyed the fact that my teachers were my coaches. It shows how involved everyone in the community is.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I cannot truly describe this aspect of my school in great detail because I was not involved in a large part to the Arts program during high school. However, some of my friends were AP art students and their work was truly remarkable. The plays put on at Stony Brook are top notch as well!

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There are many extra-curricular opportunities at Stony Brook, and it is quite easy to become involved. Community service is a big thing at Stony Brook. (During senior year, students are required to do 40 hours of community service as part of a graduation requirement.) Every week there are at least two community service activities. There is a large spectrum of student organizations to participate in, such as the Admissions Council or Choir, nearly any thing you could be interested in there is an organization for you! As Stony Brook is a Christian school we have various Christian organizations as well.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I was a day student, however I really enjoyed the relationships I was able to form with my boarder friends. I had friends from all over the world, an opportunity that is not available at public school.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The food was pretty amazing as far as school food goes! We had a very good food service prepare all of our meals. At lunch there was always a hot meal option with a variety of sides as well as a fully stocked salad bar and a sandwich bar. I really enjoyed lunch at school. Our dining hall was set up in a traditional style, tables were set for 10 and after meals we cleaned up after ourselves. As a 9th grader or a middle school student, you attend second lunch and set the tables for dinner, another part of the community experience at Stony Brook.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
I lived 15 minutes away from school so I'd say the town surrounding my high school was really great! Long Island is truly a really beautiful place to grow up. We are a train ride away from the city which is great but there is an abundance of attractions all over the island. Stony Brook is about 5 minutes from the mall and movie theater as well.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
There was always a plethora of activities going on at school. Whether it be trips to the mall or the paint ball yard, there was always a way to entertain yourself. The school's schedule allows students to have free periods which provide a means of relaxation and a social break during the academic day. I looked forward to my frees to catch up with friends or study for a test.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
7:45 AM(7:50) Bible 12
8:45 AMPre-Calc
9:30 AM(9:35) AP English
10:30 AM1st Chapel
11:00 AMFree Period
11:45 AM1st Lunch
12:45 AM(12:40) AP US
1:30 AM(1:25) Free Period
2:15 AMMarine Science
3:00 AM(3:05) End of Academic Day!
Weekend

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