Cozy rooms, new friends, and social events help students become truly engaged in the St. George’s boarding experience.
Our residential program is more than its fun moments, however. Here, students learn to share space and important moments with their peers, expand their minds as they study, and grow individually as they seek and receive guidance from dorm parents.
Eighty-eight percent of St. George’s students are boarders. Except for third-form residences, the remainder of our 11 dorms house fourth-, fifth- and sixth-form students together. This residential model makes dorms a melting pot of cultures, ages, interests and identities. Students exchange knowledge, become friends, and build support systems with students completely different from themselves. About 70 percent of St. George’s dorm rooms are singles, giving students the option of keeping their door open to socialize or to study intensely in private. All rooms include the basics — internet access, a bed, and a desk — but personalization with bright bedding, posters, and photos from home is always encouraged. Students share pizzas, eat take-out, watch movies, play video games, and study in groups in dorm common areas.
I’m super close with my parents, and I think that was one thing about boarding school I was a little hesitant about. I was like, oh my gosh, I’m going to be all on my own — but I’ve yet to feel like I’m alone here.
Ellie Alex ’21
Our focus on individual growth is what makes the St. George’s residential program outstanding. Elected fifth- and sixth-formers can show their leadership skills as dorm prefects. They serve as role models with the goal of making dorms an inclusive place for all students. Additional responsibilities include helping with check-in, conducting room inspections, monitoring living areas, and proctoring study hall, which runs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Faculty who serve as dorm parents live in residences attached to student housing. At a moment’s notice, students can reach out to dorm parents for personal and academic guidance, college advising, or for a quick chat. Over time, our students and dorm parents create trusting bonds that allow students to express themselves academically, emotionally, and creatively.
During study hall, boarding students study in their rooms, the Hill Library, the Academic Center, the Hamblet Campus Center, or the Drury/Grosvenor Art Center. At 10 p.m. on weekdays, boarding students check-in to the dorms (if they aren’t already studying there), where they finish up homework, enjoy snacks in the dorm common rooms, or hang out and relax until lights out.