Groton School review by Wellesley College student. Groton has a very stimulating environment; not only is each student challenged to take courses outside one's strengths but classmates are all brilliant and contribute greatly to the community whether it be in the classroom or on the sports field. The graduation requirements are unique and among the classes is a two-year classical (Latin or Greek) requirement yet this for me was a very beneficial class that I would never have taken otherwise. I cannot say I ever had a bad teacher at Groton, each was so willing and available to help and I could really feel that they wanted to share their knowledge and interests with us students. The faculty as a whole are extremely caring and personable, and it is not uncommon that by graduation students feel that a few faculty are almost as close as family and they are on first-name basis. This is all facilitated by the small, intimate environment of a campus around a circle. Although there are not many research opportunities, this is not uncommon at a boarding school. Guest lectures and scholars usually come three or four times per year.
The dorms are all well-maintained and comfortable. The food is wonderful for a dining hall. The facilities are wonderful and include a recently renovated gym. The campus is stunning (more beautiful than that of most colleges) and having it around a circle really promotes interaction and a sense of community. Groton is located in a extremely safe part of Massachusetts and on top of that we have an Honor Code that creates and extremely safe and trusting atmosphere. Although the school is isolated, there are dances every Saturday and a variety of events to keep students busy!
Each student participates on a sports team, acting, or dance each term. As the school is so small, it is necessary for each student to take part. This not only encourages an interaction between different groups of people, but also encourages healthy habits. There is a wide variety of clubs and if you think of one that does not exist, you can always start your own. I, for example, found a lack of support for international students so I co-founded the International Community Advisory Program (ICAP) to establish an adivising system and a channel of communication between the Deans and the international community. This club definitely helped me develop confidence and leadership.