Students attending Dublin come from all areas of the globe and all economic and educational levels. The strategy of having a diverse student population contributes to the enhancement of social growth of our students. In a school of 150, diversity of viewpoint and background can't be avoided -- rather we find that our differences are explored and celebrated.
The ideal student has a willingness to engage himself/herself in all aspects of school life by embracing the values instilled by the school.
Over the years, we have discovered that a balance of student backgrounds, needs and capabilities has led to a school community that can flourish and increase the educational outcomes of the student body both individually and as a whole. Therefore, Dublin seeks to have a balance of students roughly in the following profiles:
Domestic Boarding Students
Students seeking a strong academic education coupled with extracurricular activities centered on physical, mental and social development. A unique combination of support and intensity drives our student to accomplish more than they believe possible. The Dublin environment and outdoors ethic is a powerful combination in promoting individual growth and preparation for college and beyond.
Local Day Students
Local day students come to Dublin for a variety of reasons including higher academic standards, greater opportunities for extracurricular involvement and the opportunity to interact with a broader range of people than exist in the surrounding area. They benefit the school through their knowledge of the Monadnock region and life in NH -- and often, an invitation to a boarding student for a home cooked meal! In fact, most of our day students view themselves as boarding students who sleep at home.
Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds
Students with strong academic and growth potential who do not have the financial means to pay the costs of a Dublin education. These students enhance the diversity of the student experience as they often come from an urban environment, from ethnically diverse families or from first generation immigrant families with strong ethnic identities.
The other day at lunch I looked around and noticed that none of the tables had just one type of student sitting together—people of the same ethnicity or personality. People at Dublin are really accepting of the fact that we’re all different. It’s like a big family. I know that sounds cheesy, but it’s true here.
Learning Skills Students
Students with academic and personal growth potential who are in need of additional skill development support. Most learning skill students only need such support for a limited period of time.
Students desiring a strong educational environment coupled with a full American school experience. For many of these students, Dublin allows them to further develop their English proficiency, thus ensuring success in the American university system. Our international students come from a broad range of countries -- in recent years we have had students from Bermuda, Chile, China, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, South Sudan, Turkey and Russia.
At Dublin, everyone interacting with the students —from the classroom to the dining hall— has a commitment to connecting. Dublin is full of 'real people', and it helped my daughter to flourish in the real world. Wouldn't it be wonderful if every school created an environment where kids felt empowered to make the most of the opportunities they have, and felt safe, unconditionally, to be an individual? Dublin is a formula that works.
Annie Webster, Parent of Mariah
Who is my child’s advisor and how does the advisor system work?
Every student at Dublin is assigned an advisor at the beginning of the year. The advisee group usually consists of three or four additional students and one faculty member (or advisor) who meets regularly throughout the academic year to touch base on matters of school, friends, and dorm life. Connection with one’s advisor is a vital part of the Dublin School experience. Many Dublin School advisors go beyond providing academic guidance for their advisees, providing a healthy, nurturing, and lasting relationship with students as adult role model and friend.
Do you offer AP classes?
Based on the academic interests and needs of our students, we provide a wide offering of AP courses. Recent examples include AP Calculus, AP Art which is a two-year sequence as part of portfolio program, AP US History, AP Computer Programming, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP Chemistry and AP Physics. In addition to courses that are designed specifically as AP offerings, many of our upper level elective courses offer sufficient rigor that students successfully complete AP exams after completion.
Are there opportunities for independent study?
Yes, our teachers are always willing to accommodate student interest and provide opportunity for deeper exploration of a subject. Some of the independent study courses in progress this year, for example, are Advanced Topics in Mathematics, Creative Writing, Children’s Literature, Korean Language, Writing Chinese, Music Technology and several in instrument study or visual arts. We are constantly creating new courses of independent study, and have an unparalleled array of electives.
What is a typical homework load?
Students are required to take five classes a semester, and many take a six course load. Students routinely study during daytime free blocks and with their dorm between the hours of 7:30 to 9:30PM as part of an assigned study hall time. Those students high academic standards are allowed to study outside of the assigned study hall location. Our graduates report that they are completely prepared for rigorous pace of college, because of work ethic that has been instilled while studying here.
Do you offer learning support for students?
Yes, the Griffin Learning Center accommodates and provides additIonal support for students who may desire (or require) additional one on one instruction with a learning specialist. It is designed to support the greater Dublin School curriculum, and its main objective is for the student to transition out of the program and become a self-advocate in the classroom.
Are there classes on Saturday?
While there are no formal classes on Saturday morning, students and faculty both participate in our Work Gang Program on certain weekends. It has been a proud tradition since Dublin School’s earliest days, which embodies the founders’ belief in the importance of shared responsibility and work projects.
Will all my credits transfer to your school if I am coming as a Junior or Senior?
Most credits are easily transferred to Dublin School. It is worth noting that we do have a high standard for graduation requirements, and our Academic Dean must see and approve transcript before any decision is made. We are more than willing to investigate courses from other schools to see how they would have fit into our traditional college prep curriculum.
Is there a school dress code?
Yes, Dublin has a dress and grooming code designed to promote an appropriate and focused learning environment during the academic day. Less formal “dress down days” are offered at the Head of School’s discretion, during which students may wear any appropriate clothing that is clean and in good repair.
What are the dorms like?
There are seven different dorms on campus, each with its own personality and style. Some are traditional ‘hallway’ style dorms and others, are more like family homes renovated to fit needs of campus housing. Each dorm is assigned at least three dorm parents who share the responsibility of maintaining a dorm environment that is well ordered, positive, and safe for its residents.
What are the weekends like?
Activities vary from weekend to weekend, and we encourage students to participate in the planning of group activities as much as to partake of the fun. There are always a few bus trips to Keene to go to movies or to pick up supplies for dorm. In addition, each week the dorm parents on duty in conjunction with students, suggest seasonal excursions, sporting and cultural activities, as well as home-grown fun right on campus, like all-school indoor soccer games, movies in recital hall or on the quad, hiking, nerf gun wars, puzzles, dances and more.
Are students typically from one geographic area?
No, Dublin School attracts students from around the world and from throughout the United States. At the present time, our student population represents 10 different countries and 20 different states.
How can parents get involved in school? Is there a parent association?
We invite all parents to be actively engaged members of our Parent Association when their child begins at Dublin School. The association aims to keep parents in the loop on all activities at the school, and especially keeps lines of communication open between administration, faculty, and families. There is one formal Family Weekend in the Fall where parents traditionally meet for teacher conferences. In addition, there are more informal opportunities in Winter and Spring seasons for parents to attend special weekend activities like Winterfest and Mayfair Weekend.
What is typical day like?
Every day, the entire school begins its day in the recital hall for Morning Meeting from 8AM to 8:30AM. There are six blocks each day with three classes in the morning and three classes in the afternoon. (On Wednesdays, the academic day is shortened to three longer morning classes to allow our sports teams to compete in the afternoon.) After the academic day, students go to their afternoon commitment to fulfill the sports requirement. Dinner goes from 5:30 to 6:30. Mandatory Study Hall is from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. Lights out in the dorm is 10:30PM for Freshmen, and 11PM for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors.