Student & Residential Life

School life at Houghton Academy does not begin and end in the classroom.

Dorm life is an important component of a boarding student's experience. Additional activities can be classified as both structured or unstructured.

One of the more popular structured activities is interscholastic athletics. Joining a sport's team is not only a lot of fun, but it allows students to practice some of their life-lessons in the crucible of competition. Some students enjoy music or drama; many of the opportunities in these areas are also structured, falling under the purview of the Music Department. Our Ski Club is very popular, and makes weekly visits to Swain Resort during the winter months (weather permitting).

Unstructured activities include many opportunities in the outdoors, such as cross-country skiing, hiking, biking, or hunting. The village of Houghton also offers many avenues to volunteer in service to others; through the years, both the nursing home and the church have engaged altruistically-minded students. Academy supports but does not always organize these efforts.

International

Enrolling both day students and boarding students, Houghton Academy offers a diverse student body. Each year, students arrive here from around the world, bring with them a rich cultural mosaic unavailable anywhere else in Allegany County. More

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