Each semester, the Island School hosts about fifty students. Housing for these students consists of two dorm buildings, each with a common room and two wings. Within each wing is one bathroom and anywhere from ten to fifteen beds, bunk-style. This means that fifty high schoolers are spending an awful lot of time in each other’s personal space. This, of course, has its ups and downs, but one thing is for sure: dorm life inspires intimate friendships that will thrive well beyond the end of each semester and outside the walls of each building. 

Waking up each morning and going to bed each night together fosters closeness. Maintaining cleanliness and generosity fosters respect. Time spent laughing in the common room fosters love. It’s a way of living that may or may not be new for many of our students, but it is one that each of them will cherish in different ways for years to come. Here’s a look into what that life is like.