Each state of the United States has hundreds of different schools. These schools include public and private institutions of varying size and culture. For many, going to one school is a gift. I am fortunate enough to have attended 2 schools in different parts of the country. Fairfield College Prep in Connecticut was my school of choice for my freshman and sophomore years. Jesuit College Prep turned out to be my final High School for my remaining 2 years. Although Fairfield College Prep and Jesuit College Prep seem similar in many ways, they are really very different. Fairfield Prep and Jesuit Prep are both Jesuit affiliated schools. Several Jesuit teachers are spread out amongst classes taught at each school. These Jesuit influences, of both schools, follow the main goal to teach the students and attempt to make learning interesting, while keeping a Christian attitude in all that they teach. Both schools are private institutions, which the Jesuit community leads. This Jesuit community in each school requires a strict dress code of a tie, shirt, slacks, and nice shoes. This dress code is active for all the 800 student bodies of each school.
Both student bodies consist only of boys ranging from about 14-18 However, the environment of each school are very different. Jesuit Prep provides a warm learning environment by vividly decorating each wall throughout the school with paintings and works of art to share culture with the student body. Fairfield Prep students must look at the usual drab colors of an off-white based paint that showers the walls of each main building. Each building of Fairfield contains hundreds of lockers, each with a lock protecting each locker. Fairfield’s padlock security scheme does not exist within the Jesuit Prep community, as each locker is bare with no locks or locking devices anywhere in sight. As the environments are different, the overall attitude of both schools is different, too. Fairfield Prep encourages a strict follow-the-teacher approach to teaching where the students must learn all from the teacher and expressions of their ideas are discouraged. Jesuit stresses an open atmosphere that encourages a cooperative atmosphere where the students learn with the teachers and the students are able to discuss classwork, or even socially with the teachers after school. This open atmosphere leads to more personal freedom for the students, as they pursue their own thoughts and ideas at Jesuit Prep.
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These thoughts and ideas encouraged at Jesuit Prep are challenged in more difficult courses taken by all the students. The curriculum of Jesuit Prep requires students to study and read more literature books and novels. These differences of Jesuit Prep and Fairfield Prep show that two schools which seem very much alike, are really very different. Many private schools across Texas and Connecticut share similar properties, yet they each have their own distinguishing features. The United States has many schools, but none of them are exactly the same as another. Any school, no matter where it is located, has it’s own unique background, which truly makes the experience of learning at more than one school, a