Dorm Life

Life in Darrow Dorms


Situated in historic buildings where Shakers once lived and worked, Darrow’s student residences offer a cozy, home-like setting. 

The dorms (Hinckley, Brethren’s, Neale, Meacham, and Ann Lee) are your home away from home, where students can relax and retreat while also gaining the benefits of boarding school: cooperative problem solving, respect for other people’s space and possessions, independence, personal responsibility, and of course – learning to live with a roommate or two. 

Shared space


Most student rooms are doubles or triples. Seniors and RAs (resident assistants) may have a single room. In addition, everyone has a dorm job to help maintain common spaces and to encourage dorm spirit. Boarding students enjoy the support and guidance of trained student leaders (RA), who help with the smooth running of the dorms. 

Dorm parents


Four dorm “parents” (who are also faculty members) are assigned to each dorm, one of which is on duty each night to oversee fun activities, proctor study hall hours (from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm), supervise lights-out and act as in-dorm parents for the students. 

What creativity means at Darrow

It means connecting imagination to action. It means learning the technical aspects of creative expression. And it means taking risks and taking responsibility. Darrow School’s modern, dedicated facilities for visual and performing arts enable students to develop their creative potential in many disciplines. Traditional areas of study are taught through an active curriculum that emphasizes experimentation, discussion, project development, and interaction with the environment.

See how the right creative environment makes anything possible.

Darrow students in action

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