Campus Life

Campus Life

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Unlike a day school, a boarding school becomes a 24-hour-a-day community. This is where the students and faculty eat, sleep, work, and play every day. Every member of this community comes to see it as something more than a school, it is, at least temporarily, their home. Our goal is to provide a safe and comfortable home, a place where all members of the community can grow both socially and academically. The faculty that live in the dorms are called dorm parents for a reason. No, they can’t truly substitute for a student’s actual parents, but they must perform many of the duties of parents. When a new student arrives it may be the first time in their lives that they have had a roommate. It’s the Dormitory Parents that provide help, compassion, and support along with a watchful eye. They also provide much-needed supervision and guidance during the evening hours. It’s dorm parents that ensure that the dormitory rooms are neat and clean and that everyone is accounted for each evening.

A Typical Day

On a typical school day, students wake for classes at 7:00 AM, giving plenty of time to put on their uniform, tidy their rooms and make their beds, before coming down to the dining hall for breakfast. Breakfast is from 7:30 AM to 7:55 AM on school days. Room inspection is conducted first thing in the morning while students are in their first classes. Students take all their school books and materials to classes from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM daily, with a half-hour lunch from 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM.

Students take part in daily athletics from 2:15 PM to 4:15 PM. Dinner is served from 5:15 PM to 5:45 PM. Students have an evening two-hour, mandatory study hall proctored by SVA teaching staff. They work independently on homework assignments in a quiet and calm setting. Students who have earned a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher may have the opportunity to study in their dormitory rooms.

Residential Life Curriculum

Students gather once weekly for dormitory meetings in which they can express concerns or issues of general interest, and dormitory parents can relay feedback to students. Students also rotate on Kitchen Crew, where they work as a team for after-meal cleaning chores. Students serve on Dorm Crew to take out trash and ensure cleanliness of shared common areas. SVA’s Residential Life curriculum is an extension of the SVA mission to foster the importance of community service and involvement.

“What I like most about SVA is the fact that I know everything about my students- where they are from, what their interests are, and even what kind of learners they are. Having all this information makes me a more effective teacher.”

– Paul Otis, Assistant Head of School

To read more about Paul’s teaching experince, click here