Brooks School - Review #6

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Brooks School
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About the Author:

College EnrolledProvidence College
Home Town, State North Andover, MA
Years Attended Boarding School4
Activities During Boarding SchoolI was definitely not the all-star athlete that you hear about at Brooks. I was basically mediocre at all sports, captaining JV Soccer and Basketball and giving JV Lacrosse a shot. However, I found my place to be more in social activities and groups, such as Gospel Choir, tour guiding, community service, and Senior Gift Committee. One does not necessarily need to be a great athlete to give back to Brooks.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
This may sound utopian to some, but I wholeheartedly believe that what makes Brooks so special is the quality of the people who go there. I am not just talking about the students' and teachers' personal achievements, although they are certainly noteworthy. I mean to emphasize the type of community Brooks fosters; you cannot leave Brooks without being a better person. Everyone is friendly and genuinely concerned for the welfare of the rest of the community. There was never a day that I was not thankful for the support system I had while at Brooks, and I find that my friends from Brooks are still there for me now that I am in college. Brooks was the best thing that ever happened to me, and I owe it to the wonderful people who impacted my life while I was there.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The best thing that happened to me was forming valuable friendships with students and teachers. I worked hard, and as a result consistently made the High Honor Roll and attended the New England Young Writers' Conference at Middlebury College; I owe these achievements to the amazing teachers I had at Brooks. I have grown into a better, kinder person and I have learned to value relationships with others.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have been more talkative at first if I could go back in time. I was a bit shell-shocked by the requirements of hard work and athletic participation that Brooks has for its students, but once I was used to it I appreciated the rigorous schedule.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Overall, my favorite thing about Brooks was the entire package of academic, athletic, and social preparation that I received. Chapel twice to three times a week never failed to move me, and by senior year I realized that I would miss it the most while in college- I was right.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Words of wisdom: Shadow a student for a day if you can. You'll immediately see the community atmosphere that I am talking about. By senior year, I was sad to leave Brooks, and I would not be lying to say that many people have felt the same. If you decide to attend Brooks, cherish every moment of it; there is nothing else like it.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
As far as I know, Brooks is academically one of THE most challenging schools in the nation. With a wide variety of AP and honors courses, Brooks can definitely be challenging for anyone. I found the small classes (freshman year Algebra had 4 kids!) to be beyond beneficial in terms of the individual attention students received from teachers. Teachers were always willing to meet with students outside of class and offer help.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
As previously mentioned, I was not a stellar athlete but I enjoyed the athletic atmosphere at Brooks. Very few students are out of shape because freshmen and sophomores are required to play two sports a year, while upperclassmen must play one sport. It was fun for me to watch all the Varsity games and to be in the presence of future National Team soccer players, for example.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
During my four years at Brooks I witnessed a growth in the arts. Some students even wrote and produced their own plays! The spring concert was always a hit among students.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Because Brooks boasts of the close-knit community it is, a great focus is placed on commitment to one's school and to the surrounding community of the Merrimack Valley. From fundraising clubs to tutoring at the Boys & Girls Club, Brooks offered numerous ways to help out.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I was actually a day student at Brooks, but by senior year I felt that I practically lived there; I arrived at school by 8 am and didn't leave until 10 pm. Brooks was my home, regardless of whether I physically lived there or not. I had friends who were boarders who would stay with my family over breaks or long-weekends, and I felt that there was not too much of a difference between day students and boarders.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Brooks food is unbelievable compared to my college food! I miss it soooooo much! Lots of variety.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
North Andover is a quaint town without much trouble. Most people are upper-middle class, so the town's facilities are nice.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I felt that everyone truly cared about everyone else. It was easy to make friends from all facets of society and the international world. I feel that the friends I made at Brooks will be there for me forever. From on-campus weekend activities like indoor soccer to off-campus trips to sporting events, etc., there was always a lot to do.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
8:00 AMMath Class
8:45 AMAP Spanish Class
9:30 AMAP History Class
10:15 AMChapel
11:00 AMScience Class
1:00 PMLunch
2:00 PMEnglish Independent
Weekend
8:00 AMMath Class
10:00 AMScience Class
11:00 AMAP Spanish Class
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    Be prepared for a 6-day class week at Brooks. While Saturday classes are a requirement, schedules even out with a half day schedule on Wednesdays. . .
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