Choate Rosemary Hallreview by Trinity College student. Choate has a very strong academic profile. In my opinion, I feel that the school does not choose to put all of its resources into one aspect of education, it strives to offer outstanding classes in every subject. While I attended Choate, I took classes in just about every subject that was offered. By trying out new classes, I discovered that I was very interested in economics. CRH offers an extensive course selection that was not offered at my public high school. If I had not transfered to Choate, I would not have been able to explore my interests in economics and entrepreneurship. The students at Choate are very competitive in the class room, but in my opinion this drives students to work harder. The discussion based atmosphere of most classes keeps students involved and focused in class. By having a discussion based classroom, students are forced to voice their opinions and contribute to the class if they expect to receive a satisfactory grade. Also, this keeps students on their toes and makes sure that they always complete all homework assignments. Before attending Choate, I was lacking good time management and study skills. The mandatory study hours and availability of teachers helped me to learn and correct this problem. Every night underclassmen have a mandatory two hour study block. Addtionally, teachers are ALWAYS available to meet with students for extra help. All teachers have required office hours, during which students can visit them for extra help or just to have a more in depth discussion of the class material. Something that I will never forget about my time at Choate was the teachers willingness to help;teachers open up there homes to students as well. If you are struggling with a class, teachers often invite you to there homes and give up their personal time to help you. Teachers at Choate really go above and beyond for their students.
Student life at Choate is great. We have top notch facilities, teachers and students. The campus is a very diverse place that accepts people from all walks of live. After attending Choate, I have broadened my horizons. I have learned about different cultures and customs from me peers, from Bahrain, Ghana, China, Japan, Canada and many more. Every dorm has a advisors who live in the dorm. They are always looking out for students. They often pick up food for the kids or have movie viewings in their apartments of houses. These advisors are also teachers, so they are also able and willing to help you with any academic or personal problems you may be having at school. The town of Wallingford is a great asset to the Choate campus. There are many restaurants and stores just minutes away that students can walk to. I think Choate has a very balanced approach to discipline. Specifically drugs and alcohol. Drugs is a one strike deal, if you get caught once, then you will be dismissed from school, no questions asked. Alcohol on the other hand, you get 1 strike. If you are caught once, you are put on "No Use", which means that you can be tested for drugs and alcohol anytime of day, any day of the week. If you are caught breaking the rules again, then you will be expelled. Similar rules apply with having a member of the opposite sex in your room. There are designated hours when you are allowed to have "co-ed" but if you are caught breaking "co-ed" then you are punished. Additionally, you get sunday morning detentions for skipping classes, and the more classes you cut the more severe the punishment becomes.
I think that Choate does a great job creating extracurricular actives for students to participate in. Most noticeable is that all students are required to participate in a sport each season. Students do have the ability to opt out of sports and participate in school approved programs such as plays and musicals. The school also host actives such as weekly dances at the student center, dorm activities, class bonding and much more. Community service is required as part of graduation and it serves a great bonding experience for students. Choate offers many trips for community service, where students travel across the world during vacations. Additionally, the school runs community service programs within the Wallingford community and on campus. Typically, students spend about two to three hours a day on extracurricular activities. The school does a good job regulating the schedule so that students get the perfect balance of athletics and academics. This leaves ample time for socializing and making sure that all work is completed for classes.