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“History and Biology are my favorite courses. Since both teachers are my soccer coaches, we already have a strong bond.”
|11th Grade – Activities: Soccer, Theater
When I came to Harvey I found a welcoming atmosphere along with the small class size. I came as a sixth grader with my twin brother, Will, when my sister, Anna, was transferring to Harvey for her ninth grade year. I wanted to be with her, and to be a part of what all of the hype was about with this school. Will still attends school here. However, Anna graduated in 2010, and is attending Pratt Institute where she is pursuing Industrial Design.
The uniqueness of Harvey is how the faculty wants everyone to succeed and supports the students. What I like best is the flexibility to fit your interests and needs into the curriculum. They really listen to what you want to get out of your middle or high school career.
History and Biology are my favorite courses. Since both teachers are my soccer coaches, we already have a strong bond. In Biology, the hands-on activities and open communication with the teacher makes it easy to address individual needs. We are also comfortable giving him feedback, so that he and the class stay in sync. In my AP history class, we have in-class discussions, learn an extraordinary amount of information, and have a great time cracking jokes.
Harvey has helped me become a better student by making me more well rounded, helping define myself as an individual, and making me a more relaxed and content person. Harvey encourages kids to try new activities to be diverse. This type of environment has allowed me to excel in academics, the arts, and at sports. Teachers get to know who you are, and help make you have the best time in their class. I learned what subjects I’d like to pursue in college and possibly focus on as a career.
Harvey really takes an interest in making new kids feel welcome and a part of the community. There are grade trips at the beginning and end of the year, which help new kids find their place within the grade and also promote connections with people you may not hang out with too often during the year. Activities are very open for new kids to try and experience something new. It is also a way to make more friends, and develop a feeling of security. After-school activities build a strong bond that unifies us as a group, no matter the differences, and make us perform at our best. Every teammate or actor helps each other, and essentially, we make our own little family.
Since eating is such a huge part of being a teenager, my friends and I love to get refills of food during lunch. It is also a time to relax with friends before the next set of classes. If you need to finish a test, meet with a teacher, or get a head start on some work, there is enough time during the lunch period for students to accomplish most of these goals.