The Head Master at Stony Brook is very dedicated and innovative. He has a true vision for the school and centers his efforts around providing a great education and preparing students for a lifetime of success. I am very impressed.
My daughter is a Sophomore at the school and loves the school. She is a day school student and enjoys every aspect of the school. The teachers are top notch and truly care about the students. This year they created a mini course program to allow students to explore their interest outside their core subjects. I think that is a very innovative and truly helps students figure out their interests prior to applying to colleges. As a day school student, she has the opportunity to participate in all the activities offered to the Boarding School students which is a great perk. The students come from all over the US and the world which offers my daughter the opportunity to learn new cultures. Overall, we are very happy with Stony Brook School.
This school is terrible for multiple reasons. Number one- Many of the teacher aren't qualified to teach what they teach. Number two- they discriminate against gay or bisexual people. Number three- they disliked me because I was Catholic and not Christian. Number 4- This school give an insane amount of homework, and its just busy work and doesn't benefit you as a student. Number 5- Rules make no sense i.e if you are caught with your shirt untucked you will get 90 minutes of detention on a Saturday. I mean really! Also, if you say the word shut up in class they will make you do 10 pushups in front of the entire class. I would most certainly not recommend this school to anyone who cares about their son or daughter. I was severely depressed during my whole time at this school. I developed binge eating disorder do to my overwhelming depression and it is something that I will never forget. I was also bullied at this school on several occasions and I never felt accepted because I was a little bit different then everyone else.
I am an alumnus of the school, and even though I am a Christian and take Christianity seriously, I disliked the school's requirement that its students attend chapel 5 times a week and take a class about the Bible every year. The curriculum and the chapel talks inevitably repeated countless times, and I believe that such repetition is counterproductive because it makes Christianity boring. The school's motto "Character before Career" reflects their emphasis on character development. However, too often their method is by forcing the students to do work that they are not eager to do. The consequence of disobedience is even more work, and it was not uncommon for students to receive 13 hours of detention for being absent to a class. The school likes to use sticks rather than carrots. On the other hand, the academic program is good, and the teachers care about the students. The small size of the school and the boarding environment make it easy to build relationships with the teachers. It is this fact that offsets the somewhat oppressive environment of the school. However, the small size of the school also means that there are not as many academic opportunities.
My son has been a student since 7th grade, now entering 11th. Words can not describe how this school has formed him into a fine young Christian man, secure with himself, his abilities and his beliefs. It goes beyond the classroom education to incorporate important life lessons. I can honestly say that our entire family has benefitted from his experience. I can't wait for my younger son to attend as well. The entire staff is like family and totally commited. This is truly a home away from home where you know your kids are safe and well taken care of all while being educated to the greatest degree. I wish all kids could have this experience.