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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Alexander Breault
Alexander Breault Residentail Advisor

BA, Eastern Connecticut State University

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Alexander Breault Residentail Advisor

BA, Eastern Connecticut State University

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Matthew Castle
Matthew Castle Residential Advisor

BA, Norwich University

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Matthew Castle Residential Advisor

BA, Norwich University

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Ryan Donovan
Ryan Donovan Athletics AdministratorResidential Advisor

BA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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Ryan Donovan Athletics AdministratorResidential Advisor

BA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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Zachary Hamel
Zachary Hamel Residential Advisor

BS, University of Maine, Orono

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Zachary Hamel Residential Advisor

BS, University of Maine, Orono

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Allyson Morin
Allyson Morin Director of Marketing and CommunicationsResidential Advisor

BA, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Allyson Morin Director of Marketing and CommunicationsResidential Advisor

BA, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Jacque Rivera
Jacque Rivera Boys’ Basketball CoachP.E. + Health Teacher

BS, College of Our Lady of the Elms
ME, College of Our Lady of the Elms

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Jacque Rivera Boys’ Basketball CoachP.E. + Health Teacher

BS, College of Our Lady of the Elms
ME, College of Our Lady of the Elms

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Taylor Sherman
Taylor Sherman English TeacherResidential Advisor

BSc, UNH
MA, Boston College

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Taylor Sherman English TeacherResidential Advisor

BSc, UNH
MA, Boston College

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Lucy Tew
Lucy Tew Assistant Dean of BoardingTheater Teacher

BA, University of Southern California

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Lucy Tew Assistant Dean of BoardingTheater Teacher

BA, University of Southern California