Because the Journey Matters Too often in our busy and stressful world, we look at high school as a way station on the road to college and life. Here at St. George’s we believe that the journey matters, that your teenage years should be a time of joy and discovery. Situated on a beautiful bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the view from our campus is endless. So too are the opportunities available to you. Our students take on new challenges every day. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to design your own class? Travel the globe? Learn to sail? Write songs? Surf at dawn? All of these opportunities, and more, are available at St. George’s. Every year our students propose independent studies, take on internships in cities around the world, sail to new ports, and choose projects and
LEARN, LAUGH, ACHIEVE
service with personal relevance. This journey is not yours to undertake alone. St. George’s is a place where people — adults and students — greet each other by name, say hello, hold the door, smile. More than anything, we are a community, a place that gathers people from all backgrounds and experiences to learn, grow, achieve, explore, and laugh together. And laugh we do! Whether it be our annual Pie Race, Friday Night Lights, or just the silly club games in assembly, laughter and joy are ever-present in our daily lives. Our students have chosen a particular and unique high school experience, one where the experience is judged not just by the outcomes, but by the myriad opportunities available to them along the way. If, like us, you believe the journey matters, come see for yourself what high school can be. - Alixe Callen, Head of School
From a booth under the sculpture of our mascot (a dragon) at the Hamblet Campus Center & Grill to a study table on the second floor of the Hill Library, St. Georgeâ€™s is full of quiet nooks for small-group work.
The ST. GEORGE’S CULTURE Part of what makes St. George’s so tight-knit is that we have a strong academic culture with its own dialect and sense of time – even its own honor code. In terms of lingo, you rise through the ranks as a third, fourth, fifth and sixth former, not a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior. When it comes to time, you’ll organize your day planner for a 6-day week that runs Monday–Saturday. (Wednesdays and Saturdays are half-days, which serve as game days.) Before any official learning takes place, you sign an Honor Book. During this annual rite of passage, you line up with your classmates in chapel to sign your name in a book that becomes the record of the whole school’s agreement to live by the Honor Code. That act creates an academic community built on integrity, respect and trust.
A complete renovation of Nathaniel P. Hill Memorial Library in 2011 created new spaces for studying, teaching and learning. Our library contains more than 30,000 volumes, 1,500 reference titles and an extensive audiovisual collection.
SETTING AN AGENDA
Before every new academic year, an advisor will work with you to tailor your course selections based on your interests and ability.
Afternoon options are endless. After class, you may practice a sport, rehearse for an upcoming play or work with classmates to organize a community service project such as a food drive or a fundraising Dress Down Day.
STUDY SPOTS 1 I love the library! It’s perfect for studying. The second floor works for group study, and the third for independent study. It has a place for everyone! It is modern and has fantastic lighting, too.
RAY, SHANGHAI, CHINA
I’m a very social person, so for me, the best place to study is my room. It is much easier to focus without so many interesting people around me to talk to. 2
“STRONG RELATIONSHIPS EXTEND PAST FRIENDSHIPS WITH PEERS. I HAVE ALSO GOTTEN TO KNOW SOME FACULTY MEMBERS VERY WELL.” ANNABELLE, PROVIDENCE, RI .
BECKY, JAMESTOWN, RI
Zane is where it’s at! My dorm is both my study space as well as the place I can hang out with my friends. 3
MEGAN, CHICAGO, IL
The art room. A big space to spread out all of your books makes the best study space. JILLIAN, WALPOLE, MA 4
Your course plan will include core courses and exciting electives like Good and Evil in Literature, Introduction to Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, and Video Art.
“HONORS CHEMISTRY IS PROBABLY THE HARDEST CLASS I’VE TAKEN – EVER – BUT I LOVED IT. I HAD A FANTASTICALLY SUPPORTIVE TEACHER WHO MET WITH ME EVERY WEEK.” EMMA, WASHINGTON, D.C.
Through the Global Cultural Internship Program, students gain real world experience while living abroad. For some, it can also mean discovering a life’s ambition.
LILLY, FIFTH FORM
ALLISON DE HORSEY
HOMETOWN: Groton, MA INTERESTS: Marine biology, soccer, squash, tennis
ROLES: Global Cultural Internships Program liaison, French teacher
So why did you pick France?
What’s the idea behind the Global Cultural Internships Program (GCIP)?
I don’t speak French, but I went to Paris because some of the internships are with the Curie Institute, one of the foremost cancer labs in the world and I really love biology.
What was it like traveling with Madame de Horsey? She was our guide to Paris. We stayed with host families, but every day we would meet up at a metro stop and she’d take us around to all these incredible places. She knew all the best museums and restaurants. We definitely ate a lot of good food!
Sounds like you became close.
EXPERIMENTS IN TEACHING
Science classes at St. George’s are anything but routine. In biology, your teacher may have you test water samples down at the beach. In physics, you may be asked to play a musical instrument to illustrate the properties of sound.
You interact with faculty on such a deep level when you’re with them all day, every day. There are so many funny inside jokes and experiences, you do become really close.
How was your internship? It was incredible. I did research with intestinal stem cells. Madame de Horsey knew the director in my lab and they had a close line of communication. I made some great contacts, and it helped me figure out that I want to someday go to medical school and become a doctor.
It allows our students to connect what they’re doing in the classroom with real world experiences while at the same time experiencing this really great cultural immersion program.
What are some of the internship opportunities? Interns have worked at PR firms, executive research companies, hotels. Lilly’s, at the Curie Institute, is incredibly hands-on. After thoroughly explaining to students what’s going on in the lab, they say, ‘Now you do it.’ After two weeks, they’re running full protocol experiments.
How does GCIP in Paris help students grow? They arrive not knowing Paris, nervous about what’s to come, but by the end of their three weeks, they’ve got this confidence about them that’s unbelievable. At the end of the trip, they know Paris so well, they’re telling me where to go!
How do you like traveling with students? It’s like traveling with a family – and we become very close as a result.
In addition to choir, orchestra, ensembles, bands, groups and guilds, St. George’s offers private music lessons on all orchestral instruments plus guitar, voice, piano, percussion and bagpipes.
Music is an important part of campus life, bringing people together to play or just to listen to everything from classical to jazz to drumming “100 miles per hour” during a punk rock performance of “Rocky Horror.”
SEBASTIAN, THIRD FORM
HOMETOWN: Washington, D.C. INTERESTS: Music, soccer, tennis
ROLES: Music Department Chair and Director of Instrumental Programs
How important is music to you?
What role does music play at St. George’s?
It’s a big part of my life. A couple times a week, I’ll go into the art center and just let loose, just go and play by myself or with the guys during free periods. It’s nice just to get away from the work sometimes.
It’s just a great outlet for the kids. It’s an integral part of student life, and a very visible part of the community here.
Did music play a role in your decision to attend St. George’s? When I was deciding between two schools, I thought about the music and how phenomenal the program at St. George’s was. I could tell which school had the best music program – and the best teacher.
What’s Mr. Mudrak like? He’s one of the best teachers I’ve ever had in my life. He’s so humorous and just a great guy. And he knows more than anyone about music. He plays trumpet, and he’s so good, it’s unreal.
Do you guys ever jam? Sure! If everyone hasn’t yet arrived at practice, the guitarist starts playing, then me, and then Mr. Mudrak will grab his trumpet. It’s a lot of fun.
What opportunities are there for students who want to play? There are so many! Orchestra, chamber orchestra, jazz ensemble and jazz combo, chapel choir, a cappella groups, hand-bell choir. The choir is even doing a tour of Europe in the summer.
How did you get to know Sebastian? He was in my Music Theory class, and I was directing the winter musical – a punk version of “Rocky Horror.” I needed a drummer. Sebastian turned out to be the MVP of the pit band.
A punk version of “Rocky Horror”? Yes, the kids wanted to do a punk version and it sounded really different than the version everybody knows. There was a lot of really fast drumming and Seb was going the whole time, 100 miles per hour. The kids loved it! One night he even had the flu and probably still played his best show. We called him “Michael Jordan” after that.
“I’M IN A LOT OF DISCUSSION BASED CLASSES, WHERE YOU’RE FREE TO EXPRESS YOUR OPINION AND DEBATE. MORE THAN ANYTHING, YOU’RE ENCOURAGED TO LEARN FROM YOUR PEERS.” MIA, HINGHAM, MA
Our classes are engaging. You’ll find that teachers are more likely to lead discussions than to lecture, which means students often have the floor.
“A ST. GEORGE’S TEACHER IS ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT TEACHING, WILLING TO SACRIFICE THE TIME NEEDED TO WORK WITH STUDENTS, AND ALWAYS PREPARED FOR CLASS.” AYLA, BRISTOL, RI
1 American Studies. The syllabus is extremely diverse and the style of conversation is always different and amusing. SLOAN, RED BANK, NJ
Latin. I love being able to solve the puzzle of translation while learning about Roman history. 2
ALLISON, PORTSMOUTH, RI 3 Marine Biology. Not only was the class itself awesome, but my teacher was truly incredible and very passionate about the subject.
JEFFREY, WEST CHESTER, PA
Precalculus. The best part is finding real-world applications of the material we learn. HARRY, RIDGEWOOD, NJ 4
Get your hands dirty at the William H. Drury and Richard Grosvenor Center for the Arts. Here, you can paint, throw pots and weld sculptures. If you prefer the digital arts, you may make movies or create graphics in the editing suite.
World Religions. The class opened up my eyes to all the different philosophies out there and gave me a new perspective. KATIE, MIDDLETOWN, RI 5
Beginning in your Fourth Form year, you can study at sea on Geronimo, our 69-foot marine research vessel. Or you can set sail sooner with the 7-day Sea Legs Pre-Orientation Program.
Whether you have a question about what you’ve been learning or you just want to check in, you can either schedule one-on-one time with a teacher or bank on an impromptu meeting in gathering places such as the Brown Center, Hill Library or King Hall (pictured).
MASTERS in the ART of TEACHING In students’ words, St. George’s teachers are “incredibly approachable,” “knowledgeable,” “enthusiastic role models” who “support each individual student” in class and out. They are subject experts – just as passionate about helping you understand the material as they are in mastering it. They are educators who are interested in teaching content they love and in heightening the learning experience. That’s why St. George’s developed the Merck-Horton Center for Teaching and Learning, which has worked on research with the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The Center supports research by faculty into innovative teaching strategies – research that has resulted in models used by other schools around the world.
IMMERSED in CHINA
Where’s the best place to learn Mandarin Chinese? China! Who is one of St. George’s favorite guides to the country? Mr. Chen, a Chinese teacher with ties to Beijing.
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AMANDA, FIFTH FORM
HOMETOWN: Santa Ynez, CA INTERESTS: Snapdragons (a cappella); business; Chinese
ROLES: Chinese teacher, Chinese Immersion Program director; Dorm Parent, Advisor
How was your trip to China?
What do you hope students will learn from the Chinese Immersion Program?
Amazing. We spoke almost all Chinese except when we were just with each other. We stayed at a Chinese boarding school for the first two weeks, which was really interesting. It’s vastly different than going to an American school.
Did you improve your Chinese? I really did. This was a remote little village two-and-a-half hours outside of Shanghai. If you wanted to order a cup of coffee you had to order in Chinese. No one would understand you in English.
And do they?
Was it fun to travel with Mr. Chen?
We had a martial arts master who taught our students in the morning. Then we had lessons – language, geography, history – and talked about where we were going. So we’d talk about Beijing’s Temple of Heaven one day and then go there the next. This was not a textbook class!
Mr. Chen is a fantastic guy. He’s honestly the sweetest man I’ve ever met in my entire life. He was so positive the entire trip and he really cared about us. He’s a great teacher, too. Very patient.
Do you speak Chinese with him back on campus?
THE COLLEGE MATCH
To help you find the right match, and to help the right colleges find you, the College Counseling Office hosts representatives from more than 100 colleges at St. George’s each year.
It doesn’t matter how many years you learn Chinese in America, it’s just different over there. There are things you can’t learn in a textbook. It’s a great chance for our students to practice Chinese with local people.
Whenever I see him, we greet each other in Chinese. I recently competed in a Chinese competition and I did really well and he came up and congratulated me. We always smile and wave and have little conservations – always in Chinese.
Absolutely! One day, we visited a park and mingled with Chinese people who invited the students to dance with them! It was so cool.
What was a typical day?
What kind of student is Amanda? Amanda is a very smart student. Very engaged and very involved. I used to work at Radio Beijing and we went to the station one day and some people interviewed us. Amanda’s not shy. She volunteered, “I’ll do it!”
SPOTLIGHT ON THEATER
Show off your dramatic side in the fall play, winter musical or spring dance concert on the Madeira Hall stage. Love theater, but not acting? Make costumes, work the lights and build sets as part of the stage crew.
“ST. GEORGE’S SHOWED ME HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS TO FIND THE ‘RIGHT FIT.’ IT’S IMPORTANT TO BE YOURSELF WHEN CHOOSING A SCHOOL.” BECKY, JAMESTOWN, RI
Beyond taking Chinese, French, Latin and Spanish language classes, students can intern in London, Paris or Madrid or take Global Studies and do field research and anthropological work in Iceland, Poland or Panama.
A Warm Community That Makes You Feel at Home “Thinking back to the first time I set foot on campus, all I remember is four or five smiling seniors waiting for me at the front circle,” says Jordan of Quogue, N.Y. “Coming into a new school and moving away from home can be tough, but at SG there are countless people to make you feel at home.” “Home.” That’s how St. George’s students think of this place. Boarding students build unique relationships with friends and dorm parents. Roommates, residents down the hall, teammates on the floor above, are like family, like “brothers and sisters.” Day students feel the same way. Luc, who commutes from Portsmouth, R.I., says, “I feel just as much at home at school as I do when I’m actually at home.” Students’ sense of warmth and comfort at St. George’s builds over time. Visitors get the picture when they peer into a classroom and watch a handful
THE SOCIAL SIDE
of students bouncing ideas off one of their favorite teachers. They see it on the sidelines at a Saturday game, where teachers are out in force to watch those students play. For students here, comfort comes from something as simple as a dorm parent baking cupcakes for a first-year student from Taiwan on her birthday, or an advisor giving a beaming junior a ride into town to get a corsage for the Winter Formal. It’s the product of the hard work and leadership of students themselves – dorm prefects, team captains, club presidents — all of whom work in their own ways to make sure everyone feels included. If the choices you have on the academic side foster a sense of growth and independence, the reassurance you find on the social side provides the support you need to take advantage of that. St. George’s will push you to step up and make the most of being here. And you will, because you’ll know that your St. George’s family is always behind you.
THE ST. GEORGEâ€™S SPIRIT
Our students hail from 31 states and 23 countries. Differences aside, all find the courage to take risks â€“ to try new activities and make new friends.
“I’VE BEEN A PREFECT, HEAD OF CHOIR, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF THE DRAGON AND A CAPTAIN OF TWO TEAMS. I LEARNED THAT I LOVE TO LEAD, AND ST. GEORGE’S FOSTERS THAT.” HANNAH, CARBONDALE, CO.
TAKING THE LEAD
Leadership positions on Student Council and Honor Board reward students with confidence and growth. Aspiring Senior Prefects address their peers before votes are cast. Current prefects announce the names of their successors through original skits at a special annual assembly.
IMPRESSIONS 1 All I could think when I looked at the chapel, was ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve done it. I’ve gotten into Hogwarts.’
MEGAN, CHICAGO, IL
The first time I stepped on campus, students and teachers I had never met before smiled and greeted me with a sincere ‘Hello.’ 2
JULIA, CAPE COD, MA 3 I was completely stunned when we first drove onto campus. I loved it at first sight. This school left me speechless, with the Atlantic on my right and the beautiful, traditional buildings on my left. Incredible.
IZZY, FORT IRWIN, CA
I loved stepping onto campus and immediately feeling part of the community. Everyone was so welcoming and helpful during my first few days. TOMMY, WAYLAND, MA 4
MEET THE “PARENTS”
Nothing says home like a platter of warm cookies delivered by a dorm parent. Dorm parents host fun events throughout the year and offer up fresh advice daily, creating a family atmosphere.
LIVING ON CAMPUS
Boarders live on campus in 11 dorms. Day students have dedicated study, storage and hang-out spaces, and they frequently stay as late as 10 p.m. on weeknights.
The ST. GEORGE’S STUDENT Ask current students to describe someone who’s a great fit for St. George’s (as we did) and you’ll hear adjectives like hardworking, talented, adventurous, amiable and genuinely nice. Then there’s funny, bubbly and sociable. And don’t forget moral, responsible and independent. No one person can be all these things all the time. But you’ll quickly learn that participating is the key to making friends; being kind and funny lightens the atmosphere for everyone; and taking responsibility makes it easier to juggle academics, athletics or the arts, and a lively social life – which may, at times, include playing Frisbee on the quad.
JOIN THE CLUB
Interested in reporting? Check out St. George’s campus newspaper, The Red & White. Like to cook? Try the Barbecue Club. These are just two from a list of around 40 clubs you can join – and someday lead.
“THE FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS FOOTBALL GAME WAS SURREAL. THE WHOLE SCHOOL GATHERED, PAINTED FROM HEAD TO TOE IN RED AND BLACK. IT SEEMED LIKE RIGHT OUT OF A MOVIE.” JEFFREY, WEST CHESTER, PA
Ninety percent of faculty members at St. George’s coach as well as teach, creating bonds with student-athletes in the classroom and on the court. In this case, it’s the squash court.
MOUDY, FIFTH FORM
HOMETOWN: Cairo, Egypt INTERESTS: Squash, soccer
ROLES: English Department Head, Dorm Parent, Advisor, varsity squash coach
What’s your relationship with Mr. Mort like? He’s my advisor and my squash coach. We have a great relationship on and off the court. I’ve had a very successful time at St. George’s, and I’m sure it wouldn’t have been the same without him.
What kind of a coach is he? I’m a really hard person to coach, especially during the games, because I’m so nervous. But he speaks to me so calmly, with a lot of confidence. He’s one of the few people who can reach out to me when I’m playing.
Do you guys ever play each other?
COME OUT WINNING
St. George’s fields 53 teams in 15 different sports. Depending on your skills and talents, you can start out on varsity or work your way up to the highest level. St. George’s competes in the Independent School League (ISL).
Sure! Sometimes he’ll just text me and say, ‘Hey, Moudy, do you want to play?’ I’ve never lost to him, but if I can play like him when I’m his age, I’ll be very, very satisfied.
How has Mr. Mort helped in your transition to the United States? He’s really helped me, being so far away from my family. He’s like an older brother who gives you good advice, a teacher when necessary, and a strong coach when I’m not practicing well. I’m very lucky to have someone like him.
What kind of student is Moudy? He’s very charismatic, interested, and engages with everyone he meets. We hit it off immediately.
How do you help international students adapt?
Percent of students who live on campus
With Moudy, it was a lot of one-on-one conversations. It’s usually the small things – what to eat in the dining hall, expectations as far as homework, being places on time – anything that’s affected by a new culture, which is pretty much everything.
What kind of a squash player is he? He’s honestly one of the top 10 players in the world in his age group, but he’s very coachable. A good athlete always recognizes that a coach is important.
How do you typically get through to kids? I try to know the kids as well as I can, so I can help them in as many situations as possible, whether that’s in the classroom or on the court. My goal is always to get kids to do their best work, and I find that getting to know them as well as I can is the best way I can do that.
As a boarding student, you form especially close bonds with your peers because they’re more than peers. They’re roommates, hallmates and friends who make you feel like family.
CATCHING a WAVE
Surfing with the school chaplain isn’t as unlikely as it sounds. At St. George’s, it’s just another day at the beach.
CAMERON, SIXTH FORM
REV. JEFF LEWIS
HOMETOWN: Middletown, RI INTERESTS: swim team, track, soccer, Red & White student newspaper
ROLES: Chaplain, ethics teacher, dorm parent, assistant swim coach
Do you and Rev. Lewis surf together much?
How did you and Cameron first connect?
We sometimes surf together informally. I’ll see him down at the beach.
We realized we were both surfers, and I quickly took a shine to him. I coached him on the swim team, too.
Have you ever met a surfing chaplain before?
So you got to know Cameron through surfing?
No, never! He’s pretty good.
I get to know our students in so many different ways. I teach, so I get to know them as their teacher. I coach, so I get to know athletes really well. I’m also a dorm parent, and as chaplain, I’m meeting kids for all sorts of reasons. It happens naturally here.
What kind of a guy is he? I consider him one of my better faculty friends. He’s an allaround nice person. He’s straightforward with what he thinks and how he acts and what he says. He’s just a good guy.
Besides the chance to surf, what else makes St. George’s a unique place? The choice of what classes I want to take is great. In public school, everyone takes the same thing. At St. George’s, it’s about the individual. They personalize your education. Since it’s student-driven, you can concentrate on whatever aspect you want to focus on. Ultimately, I want to go to law school, so I can focus more on history and English classes.
And still find time to surf? Definitely!
How does your role as chaplain fit in? Part of my job is to be a presence at the school and let people know that the spiritual is important. But it’s important that I’m the chaplain to everybody. I love that Rhode Island was a state founded on religious tolerance and freedom. Newport is all of that, and it’s right here on campus, too.
There aren’t many surfing chaplains, are there? Well, they do say that surfing is a spiritual experience.
Second Beach, which visitors can see as they drive into St. George’s, hugs the ocean to the east. Students use the 1.5-mile stretch for surfing, cross country running and handson environmental science and marine biology coursework.
“MY FIRST TIME ON THE ST. GEORGE’S CAMPUS, I WAS ALMOST SHOCKED THAT THIS WAS CALLED A SCHOOL, BECAUSE IT WAS TOO BEAUTIFUL.” JILLIAN, WALPOLE, MA
COMMUNITY BUILDERS St. George’s is a community. What makes us a community is everything we do together: learn, play, eat, live. Tucking into a table in King Hall for lunch with friends is effortless. A movie night in your room is easy to organize. And you can join fans every Wednesday and Saturday to cheer the St. George’s Dragons on to victory. Then there are the planned events that build community. You’ll attend Chapel and Assembly twice a week, taking part in moments that range from reflective to fun. The Entertainment Committee arranges activities – a hypnotist, a paint dance or live band, an outing to downtown Providence, RI – that bring students together on weekends. Annual events such as the Winter Formal and Spring Dance Weekend are designed to include the entire student body.
FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD
King Hall is a whirl of activity as you eat, study, or just hang out with friends. Undoubtedly, you’ll get to know John at the deli counter, a crowd favorite for his sushi rolls and custom wraps.
ON THE TOWN
Newport’s historic streets are abuzz with activity. Whether you want to see a movie at Jane Pickens Theater or just grab lunch with friends, the town has it all.
Access to St. George’s athletics facilities – which include four indoor basketball courts, four indoor and 10 outdoor tennis courts, two ice rinks and eight international squash courts – means you can play hard and study hard right on campus.
It’s Newport! – a really awesome town right down the road! HANNAH, CARBONDALE, CO 1
2 Everything you could possibly need is right out your door. MIA, HINGHAM, MA 3 Having 20 other guys my own age around all the time is great. CHRISTIAN, NEWPORT, VT
I learned to be more mature and independent. 4
“ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS TO DO WITH MY FRIENDS IS TO TAKE THE SHORT TRIP INTO NEWPORT FOR NIGHT SKATING AND DINNER. SUNDAY SHOPPING IS A BONUS.” FRANCES, PORTSMOUTH, RI
OASIS, QINGDAO, CHINA
The friendships I have made have been with people from all over the world. 5
CATHERINE, DALLAS, TX
My favorite part is basically having a constant sleepover/summer camp experience with the closest friends you could ever have. 6
TONI, EASTON, PA
PIZZA, POETRY and DIVERSITY
At Dr. Kim Bullock’s residence, students find good food, great conversation, and a caring home away from home.
IRENE, FIFTH FORM
DR. KIM BULLOCK
HOMETOWN: New Bedford, MA INTERESTS: Insight Club leadership, prefect, cross country, softball, basketball
ROLES: Director of Diversity, biology teacher, JV girls basketball coach
Traditions observed on campus each year
Insight is the diversity club. We work to bring awareness about diversity and the issues surrounding that on campus. We’ll have meetings and guided discussions about recent news and plan events. It’s also a good time for students to hang out.
Just hang out? Part of our mission is to help create a home away from home. Dr. Bullock has her house open to us, so on Sundays we’ll pop in and eat all her food or order pizza and lounge on her couch. It really helped me settle in my first year.
What kinds of programs does Insight do? We recently did a Mix-It-Up Lunch Day where students were randomly assigned to sit with people they wouldn’t ordinarily sit with. It helped students mingle and interact with new people.
How has Dr. Bullock helped you at St. George’s?
Graduation, or Prize Day, is an emotional event as you gather with friends and faculty one last time. All students leave their mark here: The name of every graduate is carved into the wooden walls of King Hall.
She’s a role model and a mentor. I feel like there’s someone looking out for me on campus – and she’s like that with a lot of students. She’s really kind of that “parent away from home.”
How have you gotten to know Irene? Even before she was head of Insight, we spent some quality time together, which I do with many students of color. They find a haven in my residence. It’s a place to just be yourself. Irene and I share a passion for raising awareness about creating an inclusive community at SG. We exchange articles, documentaries, Ted Talks and poetry.
Poetry? Sure. I love spoken word.
What’s your goal for students like Irene? My big thing is that I want the students to be comfortable and to make an impact on St. George’s. To start new traditions, so they are imprinted on this school, not just passing through. Irene really loves this school, and it’s because of that that she cares so much about bringing folks in and being inclusive. She’s blossomed into this creative force.
She’s got a lot of ideas? She doesn’t come to me and say, ‘Can we do this?’ She says, ‘Here’s an idea. Let’s do this.’ You come to your boss prepared. Irene comes already having thought out a lot, which motivates me even more. We have done so much good this year.
From our nearly 100-year-old Christmas Festival to the much rowdier Middlesex Weekend Pep Rally and Bonfire, we celebrate more than 30 traditions together each year.
“JOINING CHOIR WAS ONE OF THE BEST DECISIONS I MADE AT SG. I LOVED THE PEOPLE AND THE ATMOSPHERE, BUT THE RANGE AND STYLES OF MUSIC THAT WE GET TO SING IS AMAZING!” SARAH, NEW YORK, NY
INSIDE THE CHAPEL
Our Gothic chapel provides spiritual opportunities, from traditional Episcopal services to “chapel talks” – personal remarks by students about life lessons.
ACADEMICS at ST. GEORGE’S Do you know what you have in common with every other St. George’s student? You’re one of a kind. How much is your individuality worth to us? Everything. That’s why we put everything we have into inspiring, challenging, and supporting your academic goals – starting with a personally tailored course of study. Overview St. George’s is a coeducational boarding and day school that offers students in grades 9-12 a comprehensive college preparatory education. In classes that range from Biology to Welding, students explore their interests through core requirements and electives. Our classes average 11 students, ensuring that each student receives the individual attention he or she deserves. Learning here happens through discussion, debate, inquiry, and active observation.
Academic Requirements The St. George’s faculty is committed to providing every student with the foundation of a strong liberal arts curriculum. Requirements for graduation center on academic proficiency and core skills across three broad disciplinary areas: STEM (the natural sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics), Creative and Performing Arts (studio art, music and theater), and Humanities (English, foreign languages, history, and theology/religious studies). The school is currently engaged in a comprehensive review of these requirements. Our goal in this exercise, as we bring the new Academic Center on line, is to retain the excellence
that has always distinguished the St. George’s experience and to increase opportunities for students to engage in multidisciplinary, problem-based and experiential courses that emphasize research, synthesis and service to the world. The Global Cultural Initiatives Program (GCIP) challenges students to immerse themselves in foreign cultures through summer internships in Paris, Madrid and London. Likewise, Geronimo transforms the Atlantic seaboard into an SG laboratory for marine biology, navigation, and living, working and studying at sea. We seek to use these signature programs to devise new experiences for more students on and beyond the campus.
Percent of faculty who hold advanced degrees – 12 of which are doctorates
Advising Before school begins in the fall, new students are assigned a faculty advisor. Students work with advisors to navigate St. George’s graduation requirements and choose electives. They also lean on their advisors for support when it comes to questions about roommates, academic struggles, homesickness or general adjustment issues. Formal advisor/advisee meetings take place on a weekly basis during Advisory. Because we want your advisor/advisee relationship to be strong, we give you the option to change advisors, so that you might find someone you can relate to and who can relate to you. Finding a comfort level is important, because students interact with their advisors frequently in a variety of settings – in the classroom, in the dormitory and in sports.
Independent Study Sixth Formers can learn more about an area of interest by pursuing independent studies with help from a faculty sponsor. To be considered, students must write a detailed proposal outlining their plan and project goals, signed by their sponsor.
Advanced Placement In addition to honors and upper level courses, we offer 22 Advanced Placement (AP) classes. Prerequisites may include a score of 3 or better in the AP exam of a related course, a teacher recommendation or permission from an academic department. St. George’s offers AP courses in the following subjects: Studio Art, English, U.S. History, Modern European History, Economics, American Government and Politics, Chinese, French, Latin, Spanish, Calculus (AB) and (BC), Statistics, Music Theory, Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Science.
After Class A packed afternoon schedule keeps students busy once classes are done for the day. Instead of physical education, all students are required to play at least one interscholastic sport per year. Upper Formers can substitute a Student Designed Faculty Sponsored Activity (SDFSA), or a theater performance for a sport. SDSFAs allow students to explore personal interests, like break dancing or beekeeping. Dinner follows afternoon activities. Next, students head into study hall, which runs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Nathaniel P. Hill Library Renovated in 2011, our library serves as a study space and research center for students and teachers. It features 30,000 books, an extensive audio visual collection, five study rooms and two classrooms, both equipped with LCD projectors and drop down screens.
The Merck Center for Teaching
St. George’s students gain new insight into what it means to be part of a global community through cultural immersions and exchanges. GLOBAL STUDIES SEMINAR The Global Studies Seminar is a yearlong elective for Sixth Formers. They travel to countries such as the Dominican Republic, Iceland, Panama, Poland and Senegal to conduct research on topics ranging from economics to culture and globalization before presenting their findings to a panel of faculty.
The Merck Center for Teaching at St. George’s School seeks to nurture and empower faculty in their pursuit of professional growth and institutional distinction. As such, the center encourages teachers to explore and implement pedagogical practices that promote transformative learning experiences that equip students for the journey of life. With an eye on where we’ve come from and one on where we might yet go, we partner with faculty, students, and the extended St. George’s learning community to broaden our understanding of effective teaching and to cultivate an environment of reflective practice.
GLOBAL CULTURAL INITIATIVES PROGRAM (GCIP) Students gain professional work experience through the GCIP. For three weeks, students live in Paris, London or Madrid and intern for partner organizations such as the Curie Institute and the Institute of Material Sciences. STUDENT EXCHANGES St. George’s students and faculty travel to partner schools in Jordan, Iceland, China and South Africa where they attend classes and live with host parents. St. George’s hosts students and faculty as well. GERONIMO Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Formers can take part in a 6-week excursion through the Caribbean aboard Geronimo, our marine research vessel. When they need a break from sailing, schoolwork and research, they dock and interact with locals in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
420-class sailboats in St. George’s fleet, which is the largest of its kind at a high school
The Horton Center for Learning The Horton Center for Learning is a student-cen-tered campus space dedicated to academic growth, skill-building and collaborative learning. Through a variety of group and individual programs, the Center
supports the development of students’ own unique and independent approaches to learning at St. George’s and beyond.
College Counseling Formal college counseling begins in students’ Fifth Form year. In large groups, small groups and one-on-one sessions, our counseling staff informs students about the application process. They also work closely with each student to assess his or her interests and weigh the importance of factors such as school size, location and extracurricular activities. We host college fairs, offer essay writing workshops and hold mock interviews for our students. We also invite college representatives on campus for information sessions and admission interviews. Our students know their counselors from classes, sports or interactions on campus, making college counseling a candid and often informal process conducive to finding each student the best “fit.”
The list below shows the most popular college destinations for St. George’s graduates over the past five years. American University
Sewanee: The University of the South
Southern Methodist University
Franklin and Marshall College
Saint Lawrence University
George Washington University
University of Miami
Carnegie Mellon University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
University of Pennsylvania
Johns Hopkins University
University of Richmond
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
New York University
Wake Forest University
Washington and Lee University
University of St. Andrews, Scotland
LIFE at ST. GEORGE’S St. George’s is made up of friendly, well-rounded students. They work hard in their studies, but aren’t afraid to let go and explore new interests. Add to that a collection of highly qualified teachers who are more than teachers – people you’ll get to know as coaches and dorm parents, too. Together, students and faculty create a campus vibe that is fun and engaging. A Day at St. George’s Student days are active, filled with demanding academics, intense athletics, and creative expression through the arts. Days begin with chatter over breakfast at King Hall. A short walk takes students to their classes for the day, where they explore a mix of required courses and electives. Depending on form year, students participate in a sport, theatrical production or a community service project for their afternoon activity. On Mondays and Fridays, the entire school comes together to share announcements during Assembly. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, students have athletic games in the afternoon. Tuesdays and Thursdays have a dedicated time slot for chapel service. After a full day, students make their way to the dining hall for dinner, then gather for club meetings. Day students and boarders spend time in dorms, in the library and in common areas before study hall. Then day students head home and boarding students check into dorms at 8 p.m.
Dorm Life Out of 365 students, 88 percent are boarders. Nearly 85 percent of faculty live on campus, too. As dorm parents, faculty provide support ranging from homework help to advice. Faculty spouses, their children and even their pets add to St. George’s family feel. Third Formers live with roommates in the dorms. Returning students participate in room selection lotteries each May. Most dorms house upper and lower form
students together. Pizza and pancake nights hosted by dorm parents build bonds between students across forms. Elected student prefects are tasked with making dorm living a positive experience for all students. Dorm common areas house special events. They also make perfect study spots for small groups or individuals. Wi-Fi access connects students to online resources, including email and Skype for video calls to family back home.
Percent of faculty who live on campus Athletic Life Across the Hilltop and in state-of-the-art facilities (which include two ice rinks, an indoor track, 4 indoor and 10 outdoor tennis courts, and a squash center), 84 percent of students fulfill the required afternoon activity by playing sports. And they play hard. Students compete fiercely during Wednesday and Saturday “game days” – which may mean face paint for cheering classmates. St. George’s fields 53 interscholastic athletic teams. All compete in the Independent School League (ISL), and most sports cater to varying levels of play. From thirds to
varsity, students are encouraged to use each season to explore new athletic interests. And our list is extensive. Check out the sports offered at St. George’s: BOYS INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORTS Fall Cross-Country (varsity, JV) Football (varsity, JV) Soccer (varsity, JV, thirds)
Winter Basketball (varsity, JV, thirds) Hockey (varsity, JV) Squash (varsity, JV) Swimming (varsity, JV) Spring Baseball (varsity) Lacrosse (varsity, JV) Tennis (varsity, JV) Track (varsity) GIRLS INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORTS Fall Cross-Country (varsity) Field Hockey (varsity, JV) Soccer (varsity, JV, thirds)
Winter Basketball (varsity, JV, thirds) Hockey (varsity, JV) Squash (varsity, JV) Swimming (varsity, JV) Spring Lacrosse (varsity, JV) Softball (varsity) Tennis (varsity, JV) Track (varsity) COED INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORTS Winter Squash
Spring Golf (varsity) Sailing (varsity, JV)
Interscholastic athletic teams
Student organizations Clubs & Activities Students expand their academic scope and personal interests through St. George’s clubs, governing councils and publications. They snap photos for our yearbook, The Lance; perfect the plus-que-parfait over pastries in French Club; and plan Dress-Down-Days for charity through the Community Service Council. Here is a full list of active student organizations at St. George’s: Art Club Art Council tt Athletic Council tt Baking Club tt BBQ Club tt Book Club tt Brass Ensemble tt Chapel Choir tt Classics Club tt Community Service Council tt Double Dutch Club tt Dragon (school literary magazine) tt Entertainment Committee tt French Club tt Global Issues tt Handbell Choir tt Health Council tt Hilltoppers (male a cappella) tt Insight (multicultural organization) tt International Club tt Italian Club tt Jazz Ensemble tt Lance (the school yearbook) tt Library Association tt Music Guild tt Orchestra tt Red & White (school newspaper) tt Rock Guild tt Sailing Club tt Snapdragons (female a cappella) tt Spanish Club tt Spectrum Alliance (LGBTQ+) tt Step it Up! tt Student Council tt Student Tech Support tt Surfrider Foundation tt Women in Leadership tt Young Liberals tt Young Republicans tt tt
Leadership at St. George’s takes many forms. There are elected members of student government and the Honor Board and team captains who strategize plays and boost team morale. Student Council members represent the ideas and opinions of the student body. Dorm and day prefects monitor living and study areas and make sure all students feel included in dorm activities. School and senior prefects, who campaign for votes and support, serve as liaisons between students and faculty.
The Chapel is the site of bi-weekly services. A formal Episcopalian service on Thursday features prayer and songs sung by our 55-member student choir. Seniors lead informal Tuesday morning service, where students who have volunteered to address the community share prepared stories about honor and individual growth. Both services allow for reflection.
Assembly Twice weekly, the entire student body, faculty and staff gather to celebrate news through creative performance. Skits, song and dance during Assembly reveal game dates, fundraisers and student accomplishments. Student leaders also announce special events and club meeting dates.
Traditions St. George’s celebrates more than 30 traditions each year. Headmaster’s Holiday means canceled classes and a day of much deserved rest. Bonfire flames draw crowds after the Middlesex pep rally.
Weekend Life Weekends at St. George’s begin with half-day classes on Saturdays. Then, students compete and cheer friends on during afternoon athletic games. With spirits high, students spend time socializing on campus, hanging out by the beach or exploring nearby Newport. Quick meet-ups at Empire Tea and long dinners at Pasta Beach are student favorites. Each weekend, the student-run Entertainment Committee (EC) hosts cool nighttime events. From DJ dances to movie nights, these events keep our students entertained all year around.
APPLY to ST. GEORGE’S While high academic achievement is the most important factor in gaining admission to St. George’s, we work diligently to ensure that every admitted student is the right fit for our community. The St. George’s student is open to change. He or she appreciates innovation and challenge. The admission process begins with an admission officer reviewing each student’s complete application. The decision making process involves at least three admission officers independently evaluating the application materials. This process allows us to get to know our students deeply before making enrollment decisions. With our knowledge of individual student backgrounds, academic history, and extracurricular interests in mind, we can work closely with students to plan their paths at St. George’s once they are admitted.
Admission Statistics STUDENTS WHO APPLIED FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2019–2020
STEP 3: Complete and return the application forms. The completed application includes: tt Application (Candidate Statement) tt Parent Information tt School Report tt Current English Teacher Recommendation tt Current Math Teacher Recommendation tt Special Interest/Talent Form (optional)
Tuition The present charge for tuition and residence for one year is $63,100. Tuition for day students is $43,650. After a student is accepted for admission, an enrollment deposit of $4,000, which is credited to the final school bill, reserves a place. The deposit is waived for families who receive financial aid.
Financial Aid Enrolled Accepted (104) (225)
TUITION Boarding students: $63,100 Day students: $43,650 FINANCIAL AID Awarded for 2019–2020: $5.5 million
The Admission Process STEP 1: In the summer, fall or early winter: Schedule a personal interview on our website www.stgeorges.edu or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. STEP 2: Register for the SSAT, the ISEE or the TOEFL. Tests are administered in the fall and winter of each year. tt SSAT (Secondary School Admission test). Most 9th through 11th grade candidates submit SSAT scores. tt ISEE (Educational Records Bureau Independent School Entrance Examination). Candidates may submit ISEE scores in place of the SSAT. tt Candidates taking the PSAT or SAT between September and January may submit either of those scores in place of the SSAT. tt International Students must submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as well as take the SSAT or ISEE.
St. George’s is committed to enrolling a talented and diverse student body and believes that financial need should never discourage a student from applying for admission to St. George’s School. St. George’s implements several programs to enable parents to finance the cost of their child’s education and aspires to provide opportunities to all students, regardless of their family’s financial circumstances. For some families, further assistance is necessary and St. George’s has several options available. These include financial aid grants, monthly payment plans and loans. Visit www.stgeorges.edu for more information on specific options.
Percent of students who receive financial aid
VISIT with ST. GEORGE’S The best way to understand what St. George’s has to offer is to witness the traditions, feel the energy and experience the warmth of our community for yourself. A Typical Visit A visit provides a chance for our admission staff to meet prospective students and their parents, to help them to more clearly define their school search and to better imagine how they might fit into our school community and programs. A typical visit consists of a talk with a member of our admission department, a tour of the campus with a student guide and a family conference with one of our admission associates. SCHEDULE Visits are only scheduled while classes are in session (with the exception of the summer months). If possible, appointments should be made in advance, either by telephoning or emailing the Admission Office. The Admission Office visit schedule is as follows: tt Mondays: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. tt Tuesdays: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. tt Wednesdays: 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. tt Thursdays: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. tt Fridays: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. tt Saturdays: 9:30 a.m.
The St. George’s Today Program: Be a Dragon for a Day The St. George’s Today program is designed for candidates and families who wish to explore the school for a longer period of time and in greater depth than is possible during a traditional visit. On these occasions, visitors will be able to attend a variety of student and faculty panels and campus tours will be arranged, as well as class visitations, for students. Families who have already visited the school are invited to schedule a return for one of the St. George’s Today programs. Conversely, families who attend a St. George’s Today program have the option to arrange for a personal interview as our schedule permits or to return to the campus at a later date. As it does for prospective candidates and their families, the St. George’s Today program also provides an opportunity for guidance counselors and educational consultants to see the school in action. In offering the St. George’s Today program, our goal is to provide a comprehensive visit to those who are in the early stages of the school search process. These programs begin at 11:00 a.m. and end at 3:20 p.m. Please call the Admission Office at 401-842-6600 in advance to reserve a spot.
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