Living at Avon
YOur school... your home
The dorm room is a boarding student's sanctuary—the trusted place he can simply just be.
We strategically place students in dorm rooms so they can form meaningful bonds with their classmates, get advice from older students, and glean guidance from trusted dorm parents.
Students are housed in the following buildings:
- What should I pack?
- What size is my bed?
- When will I know who my roommate is?
- What can I bring into my dorm room?
- Are we allowed to have food in our dorm rooms? When can we order food for delivery?
- How does my laundry get done?
To assist you in organizing what to pack for your son, the following list may be used as a guide:
- Three bath towels
- Wash cloths
- One blanket
- One bedspread/comforter
- One pillow
- Rain jacket/umbrella
- Bathing suit
- Winter jacket, hat & gloves
- Ten dress shirts – at least two white shirts
- Eight sets of underwear
- Eight pairs of socks
- Five pairs of dark socks
- One pair of dark dress shoes that can be shined
- One pair of casual shoes
- One pair of sneakers
- One pair of gray dress pants
- Three or four pairs of pants (khakis) - No cargo pants
- Two or three sports jackets - One must be navy blue
- Ties – at least four
- Casual clothes
- Sheets – if you did not sign up for linen/laundry service (2 sets)
Please note a list of school supplies will be provided by your son’s teachers upon arrival and available for purchase in the Hawk’s Nest (school store).
The school supplies all required room furnishings. Students may bring other items such as rugs, desk lamp, personal computer, personal decorative items, etc. However, electric appliances that place an undue strain on the school’s electrical system (televisions, microwave ovens, hot plates, hot pots, etc) are not permitted and will be confiscated.
- One small energy efficient refrigerator (1.7 cu. ft.) is allowed per room.
- A monitor screen of any size and gaming systems are allowed.
- Your room comes with a desk and chair, but you have the option to bring an office chair.
- Fans are recommended, as there is no A/C in the dorms.
Food is allowed in your rooms, however, you must be responsible for how you store it. You can order food after study hall and on the weekends. If you have questions regarding the Dining Hall, please contact Hector Vazquez at [email protected]
- Is it true there is little to no free time each day for my student to relax and just hang out with their friends?
- As a parent, will I have the opportunity to be involved with my child’s education and community, even if they are far away?
- What channels of communication exist at boarding schools if my child needs to speak with someone confidentially about an issue with a teacher or fellow student?
- Will boarding school prepare my child for real life – to face challenges and have a successful career?
- Do all students who go to Avon go on to attend college?
- My son is a great kid, but hasn’t applied himself in school. I know he could be successful if he just had the right environment that would challenge and support him. What’s the advantage of an all-boys boarding school?
Each school is unique, and while most weekdays are fairly structured, there is typically an hour or two of free time each evening. Some schools have Saturday morning classes. But there are many opportunities and events in dorms and classes as well for students to just be teenagers and relax among friends.
Absolutely. Each school has different programs for parental involvement and interaction, but all schools recognize the critical role that parents play in their child’s development during their school years. There are typically many opportunities to visit campus and catch up with your student. While some schools do have policies against cell phone and social media usage, we find that those students quickly adapt to a new schedule full of interesting activities and rarely miss their devices.
Avon has a full-time school psychologist on campus to meet the needs of all students on a confidential basis. Additionally, Avon offers a wide network of other resources ranging from faculty leadership, student advisers, dorm parents, peer-led honor councils and off-site counselors that are willing and able to help a student in need, anytime, regardless of topic.
Risk takers by nature, boys find a new comfort level with nontraditional subjects and activities when they are encouraged to do so by trusted mentors within the safety of a close-knit community. Young men, who may not step up in the presence of girls, take on leadership roles at all-boys schools, often heading community service programs or serving as mentors to younger students. Learn more about the ways that all-boys boarding schools teach students based on the way they learn best.
When a boarder traipses back into his room after a day of academic enlightenment, community outreach, music, art, and sports, he needs a space to shed off all the activities of the day (sigh) and ...relax.