Boarding Student Life

 

 

 

Dorm Life: MacDuffie boarding students are part of a supportive multicultural community, living together in double and single rooms in newly refurbished dormitories with a caring residential life staff. Students build strong relationships with other boarding students from the United States and from around the world, as well as with residential staff, many of whom are also their classroom teachers and coaches during the school day.

Social Life: Boarding students develop friendships with day students from nearby towns by attending classes together and by participating with them on athletic teams, performing arts groups, and other extracurricular activities. Day students often invite boarding students to visit their homes on weekends and for longer holiday periods such as Thanksgiving and Winter and Spring Breaks.

Dining: An important part of each student’s day, and MacDuffie offers healthy, appetizing meals three times a day for all boarding students in our state-of-the-art dining facility. Our chef plans well-balanced meals that appeal to the multicultural tastes of our domestic and international students.  Menus are prepared using fresh ingredients and are served by a courteous and helpful dining staff.

Weekend Activities: Boarding students weekend activities take advantage of the regional attractions, beauty and culture of New England, and include apple picking, pumpkin carving, skiing, roller skating, classical and popular music concerts, museums, athletic events, fairs, theater performances, and shopping trips to area malls. Students also take advantage of the wide range of events and activities at nearby colleges such as Amherst, Smith, Mount Holyoke and Williams, as well as the many colleges and universities in Boston, only 90 minutes away. Special weekend trips during the year are often planned to Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. as well.

See The MacDuffie School go camping! Labor Day weekend, boarding and day students attend the Hulbert Outdoor Center for a weekend full of fun, adventure, and teambuilding exercises. Our students enjoy camping in tents, archery, canoeing, arts and crafts, a high ropes course, the opportunity to build and grow friendships and much more!

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Barak Blackburn

Residental Assistant

BA Binghamton University, Creative Writing

Barak Blackburn is a long-time veteran of independent schools, having served in not only the standard triple threat of coaching, teaching, and residential life, but also in administration, development, and technology. He is not only an avid tabletop gamer, and has even designed and published his own roleplaying games but also a huge comic fan.…

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Alexander Breault

Residental Assistant

BA, Eastern Connecticut State University

Alex Breault joined the staff as a Residential Assistant.  Mr. Breault has a wealth of residential experience, working in both the Summer Academy at Suffield Academy, and at the ASSIST Orientation, a week-long program for approximately 170 international high school students conducted on the campus of Pomfret School.  Mr. Breault holds a BA in History and Social Sciences from Eastern Connecticut State University.