Student Evaluations of the AGS Experience  

Students answered the question:

How would you assess your overall experience at AGS 2008?

I consider myself extremely lucky to get an extra 6 weeks of top-notch education this summer. I have learned countless things and made hundreds of friends.

I loved it! AGS was spectacular all around! My teachers and fellow students were all amazing...creative... spunky...brilliant...and all that jazz! ELA rocked at AGS (figuratively, of course). Area II and III were fun and thought provoking. The musical and dramatic events were phenomenal: our AGS-ians had it going on in those departments! Films were great. On a more serious note...I feel truly honored to have spent six weeks at an educational yet extraordinarily fun facility. The events were one-of-a-kind. All the teachers and staff were wonderful and accepting beyond words as were my peers. I formed relationships that I deeply cherish and hope will never fade through distance and time. And the experience I know will last forever in my memory.

I found it very enriching and a great method to show us a whole new form of education. It changed me in unexpected ways, and it was very entertaining.

Good. I learned about myself.

This was a very good and eye-opening experience to things about the world and myself.

Overall my experience will be one I will never forget and always take with me in the coming years to remember how success can oftentimes be exciting and fun.

It was exhausting but a lot of fun.

AGS created a very positive, close knit community. I loved meeting so many new people from all over the state. Overall, the classes were good and exposed me to several new ideas.

Very fun.

AGS was not as worthwhile as many of my teacher and former AGS students said. I had some difficulties with the number of restrictions.

I feel that it helped me to become aware of the world around me, the good, the bad, the triumphs, and the atrocities, and now I feel a part of it.

I loved AGS! I loved hearing all the different views people have about certain ideas. I loved the teachers and how personal and laidback they seemed to be. I loved how nice everyone was, and I loved just the whole atmosphere at AGS.

I learned how to think and access information differently. I’ve also learned that there is no wrong answer--just an answer that depends on the personality of the one who is answering.

I loved it! It was an eye opener to how I could live without so much dependence on my parents, helped strengthen my faith in my moral beliefs, and made me more conscious of the world.

Sweet…I like the mostly free afternoons. It promotes individual interaction with groups.

The best experience of my life so far. It’s been awesome. I want to go to an AGS high school.

I had a very good time. I had a few issues, but they were not that big of a deal.

I loved AGS because it was fun, challenging, and enriching.

One of the greatest experiences of my life.

Pretty good except not enough time in the last week to be with the people I wanted to.

The experience was incredible. It exceeded all of my expectations and made for one of the most enjoyable summers of my life.

It look me a while to warm up to it , but once I did, I enjoyed it. It was a good experience that I would do again.

It was a good experience during the day like classes, speakers, seminars, etc. But during free time I was bored and longed to be in Little Rock with everyone else.


It is not something that I will forget. A lot of it was really fun, but even the stuff that wasn’t fun was usually valuable. It was very intense. I was always thinking here.

It was great. I’ll be able to go back home and tell family and friends about it.

My rating would be over infinity on a scale of 1 to 100. If I had a choice I would never leave.

I had a lot of fun. I’m glad I came and got a new experience in life. I liked how there was always something to do, so you never got bored.

I wish I would have chosen a different Area I (other than Social Science)--mine was wanting. Otherwise, it was a good experience.

Fantastic. I’ve never had a better more eventful summer, and I would do it again any day. It was a very educational experience and still a friendly and fun environment as well.

The overall experience taught me a lot – it allowed for a lot of expression and being able to learn freely. I was very satisfied overall with the experience.

Life changing. AYUGUYA

I loved it! We had so much fun, and we don’t want to leave each other. We’ve grown very close to one another, and I hate to leave my friends and teachers.

I love it here. It’s more of a home than my house is. Don’t make me leave.

Best six weeks of my life – no joke.

This was perhaps the first time I have ever been accepted so readily.


Sweetness! I had a great time.

It was great except for the Veasey Hall Director.

Wow. I’m so lucky to have attended such a well-planned, enriching program. I’ve met so many smart and creative people here. The teachers and staff are remarkable people. The environment at AGS was perfect and first-rate. I’m so thankful for having such a great opportunity to learn and grow at AGS.

Very highly. I will strongly suggest it to all and shun those who talk negatively about it.

My overall experience at AGS was awesome. It was a very fun and educational experience.

While I often was bored in Area I (because I felt like they had classes I could have had in regular school), I had a fantastic time in Areas II and III. I made friends that I’ll have for a lifetime.

I overall enjoyed AGS. 6:10s and 4:10s were my favorites; I enjoyed films too.


I enjoyed it and will promote it to the up and coming juniors.

AGS was amazing.

It was very enlightening and informational. I almost feel as if, by comparison, everyone back home will seem sort of ignorant. This being said, I also feel ready to express my developed opinions and beliefs in my own environment. 

I think this was a good experience for me. I learned a lot about myself and, in doing so, I was able to learn a lot about others, as well.

Indescribable. I have grown so much in so many ways that I think it would be difficult to chronicle.

It was wonderfully gloriously awesome!! I loved it! This was the best summer ever.

I really enjoyed myself. I wish I hadn’t been sick the first week and a half.

It was an amazing life-changing experience that I would recommend to everyone.

My overall experience was life-changing and eye-opening. I am no longer afraid of being different.

The greatest summer program I have ever attended. It is a perfect, stress-free, community.

9.73 out of 10

I can’t describe the experience with words.

WOW. Amazing and life-changing.

It was enlightening and generally a lot of fun.

An excellent experience which I would repeat gladly in a heartbeat.

One of my best experiences ever!

Very welcoming and open. Everyone is very open to you and not only in learning areas but also in social ones and residential life.

This was a life-changing experience. Before I came here I had very little hope in this world or faith in myself, but now I have both hope and confidence. Great job.

Very fun - extremely enlightening.

I think AGS was beneficial. I think it definitely helped to prepare me for college and helped me to realize what I really want to do in life.

I am indescribably grateful for this experience. I feel like I’ve learned more in these six weeks that I did all last year.

AGS felt like a pleasant mixture of prison and college. We experienced all the opportunities and perks of a university environment while still being supervised and safe.

My experience at AGS is one that I’ll never forget. It really taught me a lot of things from my Area I, II, and III classes. And it taught me things about myself that I never knew.

I had no expectations for AGS, but I found it to be very rewarding. It allowed me to see things from a different perspective and reminded me of issues that are happening globally. It fostered an open and intellectual atmosphere.

Wonderful. I’ve met so many great people and have significantly expanded my knowledge of music. AGS prepares you for life after high school so well, but without spoiling it.

It was amazing.

AGS is an experience like none other. The six weeks fly by. Not only does one confront life’s “big questions,” but you’re bound to meet terrific people and have unforgettable moments. If one really dives in and embraces new opportunities and novel ideas the AGS experience is “exhilarating.”

AGS was fun, aside from the homesickness, unnecessary rules, and freezing cold and moldy, anty forms. If I could do this program over again I would not go into Natural Science. I would advise any AGS 2009 students to bring a comforter and lots of bug spray with them.

AMAZING! I will definitely tell people about AGS. I don’t want to leave.

Sorry, this is one word, but:  FANTASTIC.

The greatest experience of my life so far, ever!

I love it here, so it is a shame that it is coming to an end.

One of the best six weeks of my life.

AGS was a great experience for me. It was a wonderful opportunity for me. I learned a lot and met a lot of people. It was a great program.

I am thoroughly thankful I spent my summer here. I learned so much and made new and long lasting connections. My eyes are open to the world now.

AMAZING! The only part I regret is that I can’t take my friends back to my school. I am most definitely more outgoing than what I was when I first got here.

It was a lot of fun, and I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything.

Awesome, cool, one way to spend a summer.

I enjoyed my summer, learned a lot in my field of study, and met a lot of nice people.


My overall experience at AGS was like none before. I totally wish that AGS would make a school for us to graduate from after the summer course. We can all just share our year at the AGS School.

Quite well other than Area II and III and the RAs. The only thing that kept me here is my friends I’ve made and Area I.

It was the best summer, probably the best time of my life.

It was a lot of fun, and I learned a lot! I will remember this forever, and I am glad I decided to attend AGS.

AGS was the best thing that’s ever happened to me, and I’m extremely reluctant to leave.

AGS was very fun and memorable. Everything was wonderful and the experience was fantastic. Many speakers and movies and 4:10s and 6:10s opened my mind to many things.

I don’t know and will not know for a while, if then.

Out of 10?   1,493,781,927!

It changed my life.

It was amazingly great, and I truly wish I could stay. The community feeling here is so beautiful that you wonder how you survived without it.

I liked it!

It was definitely enlightening, and I learned to use my thinking cap even more than I have in the past.

Wonderful! I would do it again and would encourage others to come.

At AGS I learned a lot about myself and other people. I’ve learned how to not only survive but also dive into a world of change and diversity. I enjoyed myself and will be sad to leave.


The first weekend was awful. The rest was amazing.

My overall experience would be called different, and I plan to be different when I get back home.

It was fun and enlightening. I met several people like myself and that made me happy.

AGS was absolutely one of the most fun, enlightening, and constructive events in my entire life. My decision to come to AGS is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I feel that AGS has not only taught me how to become a better thinker but the lessons I’ve learned are priceless. I wish everybody could have the experience that I did this summer. I would even be willing to pay hundreds of dollars to send my children to AGS in the future.

My stay here has been highly unusual.

Overall, it was great. The interaction among follow Arkansans was great. The sense of community and bonding was nice. The fact that our dorm came together to form a brotherhood will be most memorable.

Valuable, because this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and was something I’ve learned to value because it was enjoyable.

Fantastic and enlightening.

I believe that every student should take the opportunity and apply for AGS! It was the most constructive summer of my life!

I loved AGS!  I wish I could come back year after year. I learned so much and gained many memorable moments. AGS was definitely the experience of a lifetime!

It was a wonderful and memorable experience that I will never forget.

I love how all of the classes taught you something different but at the same time reinforced the same concept: critical thinking. AGS has been an amazing opportunity, and I am so glad I had the chance to experience it.

I would give it an A+. It was very cool, and I will never forget it. It has really changed my outlook on my life and my future for the good.

I loved this new and fun experience. It helped me become more social and open minded and overall a great critical thinker! It helped me become a better person with the world.

I had a great time, and I learned a lot. This experience was very challenging and different for me. Overall, I would give AGS an 8.5 out of 10.

That’s really easy to say. I loved it, and I’m getting sad right now writing this because I know that it’s almost over. I wouldn’t change one thing here, and I will always look back about how much fun I have had. Overall, it was probably the best thing that I could have done.

Overall, I’m leaving with a bit of a bad taste in my mouth, mostly because of the way I was treated by the Hendrix theater staff. I‘ve had some great experiences and some that I could have done without.

The best six weeks of my life!

The overall experience was great. It has been one of my best summers. I was a little reluctant at first about the six weeks, but I’m very glad I came. I’ve grown and matured a lot.

I loved it: meeting new friends, partying, learning the information, and gaining so much. It was great.

My overall experience at AGS was AMAZING! I would do it all over again if I could. I feel as though I’ve grown so much while I’ve been here. AGS is something that more people should be exposed to.

No words can describe how amazing AGS was. It was an experience! I made contact with people and ideas that were wonderful and new, and they made the experience all the more memorable and fun.

It was amazing, and I can’t wait to tell everyone back home about it. I’ve never had so much fun learning.

It was extremely fun. I’m so glad that I came.

It was pretty solid. I plan on returning some day.

My overall experience at AGS was wonderful – thank you.


It was a great experience. It changed small things about me.

My experience was unforgettable.

It was very fun and enriching.

It was very enjoyable, and I loved it.

Wonderful, crazy fun, challenging, amazing 1000+.

Great. I’d come back if possible. It’s not liberal brainwashing.

I had an awesome time at AGS! I will truly miss all of the awesome people I met here. It was a good experience away from home, and I would recommend it to future students at my school.

AGS was an amazing experience, and I would recommend anybody I know to go. AGS is one of the things you can’t explain to anybody if  they have not been here. It’s something you have to experience yourself.

It was ESPECIALLY AMAZING! I could not have asked for a better summer.

AMAZING!! I cannot imagine not coming. I’ve met so many people and learned so many things about myself, others and the world. Simply put: It was life-changing.

The best thing that has ever happened to me.

It was a great experience where I learned a lot.

Great, I have learned so much. I don’t want to go home.

I LOVED AGS. It was a great experience that taught me a lot and made me want to learn even more. This is the best experience I have had in my whole life, and I would definitely recommend AGS to anyone.

Amazingly awesome, wonderfully fun experience like no other! I LOVED it! I would do this all over again and will most definitely have my sister come here in two years as well as myself come back as an RA.

I found a certain part of me that I had lost long ago. It was wonderful.

I loved it! It helped me grow as a person. It helped my social skills, and it made me a better thinker. I wouldn’t take away the experience for the world.

I have had an incredible experience at AGS, but I still feel as if there was time for much more. I’ve been told that the curriculum has been watered down and that upsets me. I feel as if I’ve been cheated out of my “WOW” experience.

It was wonderful. I mean, I loved it. The only thing I didn’t like was my hall director because he took these power trips, but other than that this experience was awesome. If I could do it over, believe me I would.

It was GREAT. If I could do it again, I would. It changed my life in such a powerful way.

Best experience of my life, even though it was difficult and too long; I enjoyed very aspect of it - so good job and thanks.

WOW – um, wow. I’m so glad I came. The worst part is going home. This experience has been transforming, amazing, eye-opening, and fun.

AGS was good, but honestly I expected more. I wanted more classes and more things think about…but mostly more classes. Everyone I know that has gong here said this was a life-altering experience, but not for me. To me, it wasn’t enough BAM, in your face. I wish I could have been exposed to more.

AGS is AMAZING! This has been the best experience of my life. You kind of get a feel of how college will be like. I made new friends and got a lot of enrichment out of it.

Wow!!! I remember reading all the evaluations from the last few years on the website, and now I’m writing my own!  I really and truly love AGS. There will never be another community like we had! It was amazingly awesome. I just love you guys!

My experience at AGS has been…WOW! This was one of the WOW moments of my life. I’ve learned so much about myself, the world, and how to be a better citizen on an international level. I’ve learned so much about self-expression, and I’m open to so much more than I was before. I’ve become a better student musician and person overall. I know that I am equipped for the rest of my life because of AGS.

I loved AGS. Everything was new for me, and I enjoyed making new friends and learning more about my subject area. I wish I could take AGS home with me.

Good, very glad I came, but it could easily be better, and that’s a sad realization. The program is far more immature than mature. We heard the cliché speech of: “you’re the best of the best” (as I am sure the next AGS students will hear), but then you turn around, and it is “no hats, no water bottles here, move closer to the heart of campus, early curfew this, early curfew that, keep lights on, etc,” so it’s just silly that  this program has been diluted, watered down, yet one preaches about how bright and mature we students are only to turn around and treat us like we are 6 at times, and hey we need someone to wave us across the street. The films we watched were disappointing too; I was hoping for more documentaries and controversy, yet 4:10 and 6:10s consisted of anime, superhero, and lackluster films. The most impact and satisfactory element I extracted from AGS wasn’t from its content or classes but from other students, which is thanks to AGS, I’m obliged. But some of those friendships were conjured out of mutual frustration of AGS’s silliness and immaturity. I only hope for future AGS to use more of its potential as an excellent program in which it can rightfully say the cliché words: “you’re the best of the best.”

Good. Great. Enjoyable and interesting. Fulfilling, etc. The only downside was the residential aspect. I loved the facilities and logistics (I could live here). But the HD was domineering and terrorist. Unnecessary rules lead to undue problems. That is a bitch.

I enjoyed AGS very much, but improvements can be made. The program could potentially involve so many more ideas, perspectives, controversy, etc. It was great, but it could have been GREATER.

It has been one of the best and most influential experiences of my life.

Absolutely fantastic. I don’t want to go home.

Enlightening, but there was far too much inter-dorm rivalry.

I would promote AGS and encourage others to attend.

It was the best experience I have ever had.

It gave me a change in perception of issues, and AGS taught me to think in a variety of ways.

I loved all of it. Again, more student freedom in activities and less time restrictions (WAC, library).

I enjoyed this program to the utmost extreme. I was skeptical at first and annoyed the first few days, but as the program progressed… - I love it!

It was okay. I thought there were too many required events. And I did not enjoy having to sit through speakers who were not related to my area of interest.

I really enjoyed my experience at AGS. I feel like what I have learned will help me in my life.

This has been the best experience of my life! Not only have I gained intellectual knowledge, I have learned more about people and critical thinking.

Completely awesome!

I loved it. I don’t want to go home. Everyone up here is more understanding and open.

This has been an awesome experience, and I definitely feel like I’m aware and willing to participate in the world around me. It’s been eye-opening and inspirational in several ways.

Superbly fantabulous with a side of amazing awesomeness *SMILES*.

My overall experience was fun. I enjoyed the social interaction here. I have learned a lot while here, and I have developed a lot of new friendships.

AGS was the best thing that has happened to me! I loved it! It was so much fun, and it gave me a chance to think.

I had a fantastic time, and if I could I would come back every year.

I enjoyed myself. My summer was definitely not wasted.


It was so great!!

It was fun. I’m glad I came.

It was awesome, and I wouldn’t change much.

It was thoroughly awesome.

I enjoyed it a great deal; best summer ever.

I thought AGS was a wonderful experience. I was able to be independent and grow to be the person I want to be.

AWESOME; has been truly amazing--all the new perspectives, new people, all of us respected each other…acceptance if at least tolerance.


It was amazing. I had a wonderful time even though I was the only one from my school.

It was great!

Amazingly awesome in every way.

One word: AMAZING!!

I loved AGS! At first, I hated it and I wanted to go home. Now, I just want to stay!

Very ballin’.

Amazing – I know that is a one-word answer, but honestly all other words are similar. Life-changing, beautiful, awesome…etc.

Awesome – wish I could come next year.

My experience at AGS has been life-changing because it gave me a new prospective on life and people around me! I have made life-long friends here! I would definitely do it all over again!

My experience at AGS was one of the best ones of my life.

Overall, AGS was a good experience, but it wasn’t educational; however, that’s a good thing to me because I learned more about life and social issues and interaction. AGS is a great place to find yourself, learn to express yourself, and learn to accept other people’s views.

It was wonderful, more than I thought it would have been, and I found the whole experience overly inspiring.

Amazing!! Best program I’ve ever been to.

I really enjoyed this experience. It went beyond the point of being educational. The learning that I experienced is irreplaceable.

Not as in-depth as I would have liked, but very well up-kept and fun atmosphere.

I don’t regret coming here. It’s an experience I’ll always remember and cherish.

Better than any vacation I can remember.

AGS has been a life-changing experience. It has exposed me to life outside of my hometown. I have so many new friends, ideas and a new outlook on life.


It has been amazing. I have met so many people and made so many new friends and learned sooo much.

When I came here, I left behind a lot of things. I have a job that I’ve been doing for a fairly long time, I have multiple pieces I need to create for AP Studio Art. I have friends that I miss and a family that I miss and could have been spending time with. AGS is absolutely amazing. It was worth every sacrifice.

Coming to Governor’s School was by far the best thing I could have done for myself. I have learned so much, met and made many friends, and my mind has been opened even more. The best thing is that I’ve gotten more in touch with who I am.

I had so much fun I don’t want to leave. Hopefully, one of my summers, I can come back and be an RA.

Very good. I would come back and do it all again.

The absolute best experience of my life.  I feel sorry for all my classmates at home that didn’t apply because they didn’t want to “waste their summer.” AGS is the best place and has the best people in the world.

My experience here at AGS was that of a lifetime. I enjoyed the atmosphere full of acceptance and joy.

An amazing, thought-provoking time. I am so glad I took my summer out for this. I’ve learned so much.

This has been the best experience of my life. I learned and grew so much. Thank you soooo much for giving Arkansas students this opportunity.

I had a great time at AGS. It was fun and an interesting learning experience.

Epic, awesome, life changing, epic, amazing, super.

I loved it!!! I don’t want to go home! I met lifelong friends from all over Arkansas. I am going to go back home and encourage everyone I know to go when they are old enough.

Sweetness. Would do it again many times.

I loved my AGS experience. This was the best summer of my life. I loved my classes in Area I, II and III. I thought all of the programs were fabulous. I would recommend this program to anyone.

I thought it was great.

At first, I hated it! I wanted to go home so bad, and I couldn’t wait for the break to come, and during the break I dreaded coming back. I even cried when I was leaving my house! But the last two weeks ended up being the best two of my life!! I decided to open up my mind and look at it with a different attitude. To my surprise, I ended up having an amazing time! I met some crazy cool people that I cannot imagine going through my life without knowing. And I know that we’re going to be friends throughout our lives. Thank you AGS for an amazing summer and life-changing experience.

My overall experience was really satisfying, but more socially than academically. There were so many interesting people (teachers and students) and I’m really glad I got to participate in AGS!!

This experience is one of the most life-changing experiences of my life. I feel that I have grown personally more with this experience than anywhere else; I will never forget how much this has contributed to my life educationally and socially.

When people ask me about AGS, I will have a lot to say. The main thing I will definitely remember will be the rules and the bad attitude of the RAs and the awkward moments between the atheists and the Christians in my Area II class.

If I had not had such a negative RA, I would have raved about Governor’s School. I think the concept of girls staying in boys dorms is disturbing, illogical, and impractical (urinals in the bathroom, pitiful shower system, and the  cleanliness was infinitely below-par). Other than these factors, I would have loved AGS.

My overall experience at AGS was wonderful, although I can’t help but wonder if I missed something. Everyone talks about it being so life-altering, and while I don’t want to leave and I made several new friends and I learned how to effectively think crucially, I don’t feel as overjoyed as I feel I should. Thank you for a great summer. It was spectacular.

Classes, for the most part, were engaging and filled with material. I enjoyed Area II especially; recreational facilities were great. The only persistent negative complaint I can think of was my hall director was harsh.

I really enjoyed AGS, especially for the diversity of activities constantly going on. I will recommend it to the class of ’10.

It was amazing and life-changing. I enjoyed everything about it except for some RA attitudes. The cafeteria ladies also did a fantastic job.

Outside of Area I, I did not enjoy the experience.

It was one of the most interesting and enjoyable things I’ve ever done. It was amazing.

I had the best time ever. This program really allows you to learn through out the entire summer.

There have been no bad experiences here at AGS. Everything that has happened on this campus has benefited me in some way.

I feel I made the right choice of coming here at AGS. I never thought I would have so much fun spending my summer at a “school” but am really glad and grateful that I could come.

It was awesome.  The most eye-opening experience of my life.

AWESOME. I’ve learned so many new things and made so many new relationships. AGS is amazing.

It was fun, and I’m glad I came. I had already experienced/thought about a lot of the stuff here, so my experience wasn’t very mind-blowing.

The most life-changing experience of my life.


Would you mind opening a year-round school? I adore AGS. From the people, classes, speakers, 4:10s and 6:10s, I felt like I was allowed to both learn and have fun while doing so. My ELA class taught me so much about writing that I don’t feel I could have learned anywhere else. Coming from a small town with limited resources, it’s enriching to live in an environment of people who are actually intelligent. Thank you for an unforgettable summer.

Awesome! I loved every aspect from dorm life to classes, from social activities to sports; everything was great.

It was very beneficial and helped me to be open to ideas and opinions.

Totally beneficial! Completely changed my negative outlook.

Amazing. Everything was wonderful. The seminars, the movies, the classes, the food, etc. The teachers and students were wonderful. I never want to leave AGS.

AGS was totally awesome and nothing like the Guiding Hand described.

It was beautiful. Not perfect, but beautiful. I learned a lot about the past, the present and myself. I was exposed to things and people I never would have seen.

Great. It was a culture shock at first, but it opened my eyes to other backgrounds and taught me how to relate better to others.

Rather well. Keep it going.

It was fun and interesting.

AGS was great. My experience here is way better than I’d hoped for.

The beginning was a little difficult because everything was being thrown at me all at one time. So I hind of got a little frustrated but after three days it was okay. It was a little difficult to do stuff on Saturdays, but I kind of wished there would have been 4:10s and 6:10s on Saturdays.

My overall experience at AGS was kind of hollow. From what I had already been introduced to at school, it wasn’t a fulfilling or shocking experience.

AGS was fun.

Greatly beneficial to my understanding of the world and to my preparedness for college.

The overall experience was awesome. It has opened many doors and will give me a new perspective on life.

AGS was so completely fun. I couldn’t imagine my summer if I hadn’t gone here. Everyone is open-minded and unique. Best summer ever.

AMAZING – amazing in a box – LOVE.

AGS was a wonderful experience. The rules were a bit too restrictive, and those rules that do not deal with safety were trivial and many times silly.

Life-changing. The people and things I learned here will be impossible to forget.  I met people who changed my life, had discussions I never could have encountered back home, and I learned more about myself in 6 weeks than in 17 years.

I loved it so much. I want to stay here forever. It has been my most life-changing experience thus far.


I learned a lot of things, and I really had fun here. I would like to stay here longer if it was possible.


It was awesome. I’d have liked it if they’d have switched classes and teachers so you work with a variety of people.

It changed my life. This program stimulates people’s minds in so many ways. Not only did I learn something about myself, I look at the world differently now. The sky doesn’t even look the same any more.

AGS started off slow, and once I got used to it I never wanted to leave. It is one of the best experiences of my life, and I think it has helped me grow into a better well-rounded person.

It was the biggest life-changing period I’ve had.

It was an experience that has made a difference in my life. It was very satisfying and worthwhile.

Wonderful, supertastic, awesome-possum

Not long enough

I had a great time meeting new people, learning new ideas in Areas II and III, and being immersed in my Area I. I would come back to have this experience again in a heartbeat.

I would say it was the highlight of my life. I’ve learned so much not only about social science but about myself as well.

At first, it was rocky and emotional. (Don’t tell the “Guiding Hand” people) - I kind of hate it’s ending now. My experience here at AGS  has made me want to come back as an RA.

One word: awareness. I have an increased awareness of myself and others, of the past, present and even the future, of the global issues, of my beliefs and others.

It was one of the best experiences of my whole life. I had a blast.

All right.

My experience at AGS was amazing. I learned so much, experienced so many new things, and met so many terrific people.

Best experience for years to come; helped me grow as an individual.

Enjoyable in every aspect.

My AGS experience opened my eyes to the “college life,” getting to know completely different people, and “dorm life.” I’m ready 4 college!

Would do it over again if I could. One of the best times of my life.

Although it was not a completely life-changing experience, I have changed.

It was absolutely wonderful! This has been the best summer I can ever remember. I’m so sad it’s almost over and hope I never forget it.

My overall experience was wonderful. I loved the time spent and all the different activities and opportunities that were available.

The AGS experience was different from any I have ever had. It was rewarding. I would definitely recommend AGS to others.

Overall, my experience was good! I met a lot of new friends and learned a lot of new things that I never knew.

100% fabulous. Everything but the RAs was amazing!

The program has provided exceptional college preparation, opportunities to make friends and have fun, and places and state of mind which proved beneficial spiritually and intellectually.

It was amazing!

Overall, it was awesome. I feel like I gained a lot of knowledge and had a positive life experience. Rules are pretty tight – it can get obnoxious, but I understand.

Pretty good.

This was the best summer experience I have ever had. I would greatly do it again.

Amazing! I loved every minute of AGS. I wish this was my senior year.

Based on the scale below (1-5), a 4.

100% + 100%. This was the best long-stay program I have been involved in.

I think it was very beneficial for me. I learned a lot about many new things, and I got to see viewpoints that were unusual for me. I think it was great.

I loved it and would do it all over again.

Wonderful, exciting, and I would definitely do it again.

I loved the whole experience.

Amazing! I don’t want to leave!

It was awesome.

It was a terrific experience, and I wish I could attend AGS for high school.

Best summer of my life. I’m very thankful for the opportunity.

Amazing. I was a little uneasy at the first, and now it’s upsetting that we have to leave. AGS is going to be one of the more memorable and enjoyable experiences of my life.

Best summer ever.

The experience was the best. The most rewarding summer experience I have had.

It was super, super, super fantastically fun. I would love to experience something like this again.

I will never ever forget this.

Very worthwhile. Regular school is going to be horrible.


AGS was awesome!!!

I loved it. I learned so much about myself and made new friends.


I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

It was a very satisfactory experience. It opened my eyes and helped me make lifelong friends.

AGS was amazing. I don’t know how to explain it, but it was awesome. The people and the environment were amazing. The teachers were amazing. I wish we could have gone off campus more, and I didn’t like all the stuff we were forced to do with our dorms. But it was amazing.

It was amazing. I would come back in a heartbeat.

AGS was amazing and life-changing. I learned to think in a new way and made lifelong friends.

I learned different ways to open my mind. It was a new creative experience. I enjoyed it very much.

It was a fantastic experience that I will never forget. I learned a lot and made a lot of new friends.

It was very enjoyable. I feel like I learned a lot about my discipline as well as myself as a person.

I loved it!

I loved it! Part of me doesn’t want to leave. So many people here are so amazing, and it is so diverse.

I absolutely loved it. I can’t think of a better way to spend my summer. We got to learn, have fun, and socialize for 6 weeks. It’s almost like a utopia here…I don’t want to leave.

Amazing. It blows me away how close I’ve gotten to these people, and the instructors have taught me a lot. I’ll really miss AGS when I go home. My only complaint is that I wish it could have been longer.

It has been one of the best summers of my life. It was everything I had hoped, and my expectations were very high.

I believe that I will take many things back to my regular life. Though small, AGS is a program that makes students motivated. Don’t cut down the 6 weeks to 4 weeks - we need them.

Wonderful. Best summer experience so far in my high school career.

My experience was awesome because I meet new friends and learned more about the world in an environment where I could be myself.

In terms of material studied, it wasn’t necessarily difficult or challenging, but it was an incredible experience.

It was amazing! I learned how to open up to new ideas, and I learned how to branch out with different groups of people.

Amazing. This has to be one of the best experiences in Arkansas.

The best summer of my life hands-down! It felt good just to be in this environment where everyone cares about education and is very passionate about what they are here for.

It was amazing. I’m really going to miss the atmosphere where all are accepted and the opportunities provided for us by the seminars, classes, and movies. It will be with me forever.

It was great. I think it was the most constructive, well-used seminar I have had.

AMAZING! I couldn’t imagine spending my summer anywhere else but here.

AWESOME! Life-changing, “eye-opening!” I wish I could do it again.

Very good – superb

AGS was one of the greatest experiences I’ve had so far in my life.

I will remember this for the rest of my life. It’s going to help me in the future.

7 / 10 because I’m an “INTP” and social is not my scene.

One word: AWESOME!

Somewhat positive, moderately negative. I’m glad I came. I’ve grown up.

I would say my overall experience of AGS was one I thoroughly enjoyed and would do again and again. ***** 5 star rating.


Enjoyable but not quite enough to justify six weeks.


Overall, I have loved my experience at AGS. I’m going to miss my classes, teachers, and friends. It was also nice to have access to the WAC and the library.

It was AMAZING. I don’t ever want to go home.

Very good – but could have been better – could have been tighter…socially.

Actually, not very good. I think it was a personal issue, though – being away from home for 6 weeks made me cry every day and basically wish I could escape this hot, humid hell. But I respect the program. I loved the 4:10s and 6:10s. They introduced many new topics and issues to think about.

I would say it was mind-blowing and eye-opening, and I would definitely encourage others to come.

It was a very beneficial experience. I think I’ve grown, and it was refreshing to be around people who are open and accepting.

IT WAS AWESOME! I’ve learned so much in my Area I. I’ve learned so much about others, myself, and the world.

Great experience!! I’d love my year-round school to be like this.

I thought it was pretty good. I’m glad I came.

Rocked! I’m so glad I came. AGS gave me a whole new perspective on reality and the world around me.

A life-changing experience which has really showed me a lot about  hard things and how to interact with other people.

AGS was a great experience, and I am honored to be a part of it.

One of the best summers I’ve ever had. An unforgettable experience full of new people and ideas. It allowed me to get closer to my school friends but also develop new relationships.

I loved AGS. It was a summer I will never forget. I loved making connections with everyone.

I like it. I don’t think I’ll ever regret it.

Ridiculously amazing. I’m sure nearly all of the answers to the question will be like this, but honestly, AGS has seared its mark in the back of my mind and will never disappear.

AGS was awesome. It is fun, and I’m glad I was able to experience this.

In short: amazing. Area I was fantastic. Area II, though not what I expected, was still great. Area III was my least favorite, but I still kind of liked it.

It was the best I’ve ever had!! I even wished it was an all-year school.

I loved all of it expect for living in Veasey. Having the HD that I had was horrible.

I expected it to be more life-changing. I will miss it, though. The best part is the relationships I’ve developed with all of my new friends.

I would say it was very enlightening and well-spent.

I’m completely uplifted! This has been such a great experience, and I’m so incredibly sad it’s over. I can’t even put to words how well it was planned and how I’ve developed emotionally from Area III and how my mind has broadened (and almost exploded) from Area II. I wouldn’t change anything, and I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else. I learned how to develop my leadership and flute skills in Area I, and I know that will take me far. It just AHH! SO AMAZING! IT’S ALMOST RIDICULOUS!! I really enjoyed most of the speakers, except for three of them, and the movies really got me thinking and had a great impact, even Koyaanisqatsi.

I had a good experience here. I learned a lot and made some good friends. I love AGS XOXOX you baby yeah! But “Jesus Camp” was shown, it felt like Christianity was the target that entire weekend, causing probably unneeded controversy among the students.

This was the best summer of my life, and I am truly sad it is almost over. This was a great experience for me that I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else.

A life-changing experience.

I loved it; wish it was longer. Don’t want it to end. Experience was indescribable. Would do it again.


It was the best summer of my life. It helped me a lot. I benefited from almost every aspect.

A life-changing experience that I wouldn’t hesitate to do again and again.

Words cannot explain how truly wonderful and exciting it was. Just writing down something makes me also forget something else. It’s truly life-changing.

AGS is one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I don’t even know how to put it into words. Everyone at AGS is so friendly and accepting. AGS has been life-changing for me, and I don’t want to  leave.

AGS was an epic experience. I truly wish that it didn’t have to end. It was beautifully mind-blowing and eye-opening. Amazing.




How effectively did the Director promote a constructive environment at AGS 2008?

Lyle Rupert was an awesome Director. From his first speech to us on opening day, I felt welcome and felt I made a good decision to come. I think he did a great job juggling all his responsibilities, and it was cool to see him get involved in activities and just hang out at games.

The director gave us a variety of speakers that I personally enjoyed. The rules were a bit too strict for my taste, but overall he was good at keeping students under control.

On a scale of 1-5, I’d say…4.

Pretty well. The other authority figures could have been more helpful.

Very effectively.

Lyle did a great job promoting a constructive environment. The classes, events, and faculty and staff were fabulous. The rules were usually understandable and well-enforced.

I don’t know what the Director did exactly, but the environment was constructive.

He did well by making everything positive and being enthusiastic.

He did so in a friendly manner while maintaining law and order.

Positive environment, except during the last two nights there was not enough time to spend time with people I will never see again.

Lyle Rupert did an excellent job throughout the summer to keep us on tract and help us focus on the program.

I love Lyle Rupert.

Mr. Rupert was a wonderful director and effectively promoted a constructive environment at AGS.

Lyle Rupert did a very good job with promoting the AGS environment.

Lyle did a good job.

The director promoted an extremely constructive atmosphere, and I feel he did a great job.

Very effectively. Yes, I will say it, AGS is awesome, and our ordinary schools should be like this. And that excludes living here and free food to make it less expensive.

Aw. He is adorable. Also, he talked to me personally once, which made me really happy. I don’t know if he promoted much of anything though. But there were plenty of other people doing that.

I must start by saying I had a wonderful time. Lyle, in my opinion, did a good job juggling all the responsibilities of AGS. I just wish that the things we were forced to do were more beneficial.

From the first week to the last week, everything was awesome. It was a real getaway.

Lyle was very effective in leading a constructive environment at AGS.

He promoted a constructive environment fairly effectively. He couldn’t control the other aspects and emotions going on, but he did his best at what he supervised.

He was effectively constructive.

Fairly well. I was always learning even when I wasn’t in my classes (seminars, friends, optional teacher help).

Very effectively – the environment was comfortable.

The first day when Lyle was talking about “AGS environment and community,” I thought it was really cheesy, but now I realize how amazing it is.

They made it comfortable for us.

The place was fantastic. I don’t want to leave – the people and classes were awesome. He obviously did a great job.

Very effectively. He did an incredible job.

It was super duper cool.

We all learned a lot, and it was a great environment.

He did very well.

It was very effectively enforced and promoted.

I think Lyle is a great director. The whole program is organized and well-constructed.

The AGS environment was amazing, and Lyle did a good job in making it a positive environment.

He did a swell job.

Lyle effectively promoted a constructive environment at AGS.

Lyle was a great director. He was always positive but maintained an organized environment.

Pretty well – I think he did a great job with the task he was given.

Lyle was great and absolutely promoted a constructive environment.


Very well. I didn’t agree with all his decisions, but I did like the environment I was in.

Things ran smoothly. I wasn’t really happy with how we were punished sometimes, but I understand it was easier to punish a large group.

The atmosphere at AGS is very constructive, although I don’t really know much about the director’s involvement.

He did a very good job of trying to maintain a community environment. When punishments were needed he did a good job administering them. (example: cell phones)

Lyle is incredible. He made sure we knew the rules and was strict when we did not follow them. But he is still a COOL CAT!

He was effective, and he is such a great director.

He explained why we did everything that we did and didn’t blanket-punish very often at all. I love Lyle!

Lyle was very friendly and did a good job towards helping the students get the most at AGS.

Very well. He always encouraged us and the AGS environment.  He made me feel at home.

The community rules were well thought-out and presented. His efforts were very successful.

Very effectively. He was also very fun and fair.

I don’t think he is real.

Very effectively. A lot of constructive things were carried out.

Very effectively – not stern but insistent upon holding the “line.”

Very effectively, no complaints.

Lyle did an awesome job!

Very effectively. Promoted a fun environment but still implemented standards.

We all had an extremely constructive environment by everything around us being enjoyable and low-pressure as well as inspirational people to guide us through and inspire accomplishment.

Lyle kept everything under control and made sure that we didn’t get carried away with out merry-making. Everything was orderly while still remaining fun.

Very effectively; lots of activities planned.

I feel the Director really promoted us to be a community. I think we all had a lot of fun, but whether we realize it or not we all learned something as well. Lyle made sure we were always happy here. He’s pretty awesome.

Lyle was great. He was definitely approachable and wanted us to come to him with our concerns or problems. Great energy.

Lyle encouraged us to establish a community of peers at AGS. He carefully balanced fun and serious activities so that neither depression nor boredom were ever our problem here. Though I rarely saw him, I know he was the guiding force in my wonderful summer.

Very effectively; there weren’t that many problems at AGS. I believe Lyle worked hard to make that happen.

Lyle fostered an encouraging and energetic environment while maintaining an authoritative position. He was very open and relatable with students.

Mr. Rupert did a great job. He kept AGS safe, comfortable, and fun without letting us run wild. He is very good at his job.

Everything we did involved teamwork, and I never felt alone.

As far as I could tell, he was well-liked and respected.  He always took time to talk to individuals if approached. He was kind and efficient. I thought he made a wonderful leader.

AGS was a mind-opening and enjoyable constructive experience, promoted well by the Director.

The director Lyle Rupert was great! He was always willing to help and listen, even through his busy schedule.

He did very well. The classes were great, and seminars provided good information.

Lyle did a fantastic job with this program! This environment is full of fun and challenging life lessons.

Lyle has done an excellent job.

Excellently, he has done a brilliant job at “running the show.”

The director did a very good job.  The campus environment was very safe. I really liked all the rules and regulations we had.

I feel like Lyle did an amazing job. Everything seemed to flow so well.

Very well. I have been opened up to so many ideas and thought processes that I would have never come to if I had not attended this program.

He did a very good job overall.

Very well.

Lyle seemed like he was always full of energy and was happy to be here at AGS. This seemed to rub off on the students.

Very effectively – always upbeat.

Mr. Rupert promoted a constructive environment at AGS. I loved it. He was very effective and a very respectful man. Lyle Rupert, clap, clap, clap, clap.

Not very. I think he could have improvised more.

Very well; everything was really great.

The Director promoted a constructive environment very effectively. I felt safe and in a good environment.

The environment at AGS is amazing, and the Director did an exceedingly amazing job. It’s friendly and light, and the best experience of my life.

Mr. Lyle did a good job. He was friendly and on top of things. He seemed to add to the fun environment.

He did very well at this. As a matter of fact, he did relatively well at everything I knew he did.

Very! Go Lyle!

He checked up on us to make sure we were having a good time.

He did so extremely well. I always felt like I was obtaining something from the program.

Very effectively.

He did a spot-on job of creating a beneficial and healthy environment for us all.

Lyle Rupert did his job well.

I didn’t hear much from Lyle except before movies and speakers, and even then he only did announcements, but that was okay with me.


Very effectively.

He was very effective. I will miss this school.

Very well. “Lyle Rupert clap clap clap, clap, clap.”

Very effectively.

I rarely saw the director.

Lyle did a great job making sure all activities were supported and by encouraging us to reach out and go to the seminars.

The rules and all the activities made AGS a very constructive environment. It was also pretty flexible (in a good way).

Very well.

Very well. I definitely got a positive, fun vibe from the actions of Lyle!

I love Lyle Rupert!

He promoted the environment very effectively and persuasively.

Lyle Rupert was involved in the entire experience. It was easy to ask him questions, and he gained all of our respect early in the experience.

He was very effective. He created a very nice environment to learn and grow relationships with new friends.

Very effectively; he promoted a very warm-hearted environment.

Very effectively. Lyle Rupert did a wonderful job directing AGS. He had an awesome staff/faculty and constructed some really cool/different/exciting activities and etc for us.

I think Lyle Rupert did a good job. It’s hard to manage 397 16-18 year olds, and he did a really good job from my perspective.

Very effectively. Lyle Rupert was an extremely enthusiastic, energetic person. Everyone enjoys his introductions, and his lunch conversation is really exciting.

Very effective. I think he kept us in the mind that we’re here to learn, and we’re here by our choice, and we should be constructive.

Lyle, the Director—I rarely saw him except when we had required events and at some meals, so I can’t really say he did anything other than speak on stage.

Very effectively. The environment was promoted greatly.

The Director promoted a constructive environment very effectively. He scheduled plenty of thought-provoking seminars and speakers.

He did a great job doing what was needed.

He effectively promoted the environment, its benefits and rules.

It was very mixed. I myself was in a dorm of where I only knew three people before I moved here.

Lyle Rupert is not real. He did well for a non-existent entity.

Lyle Rupert effectively promoted a constructive environment at AGS. Good job!


He was very great at it.

Lyle didn’t seem to promote much constructively. He seemed too busy doing other things.

Very well. Just about every lesson had a purpose and a sometimes hidden meaning.

Well, I didn’t have a lot of contact with him.

He was great. I felt safe at all things.

Excellent job; he rocks at the pipe organ as well.

Lyle did a good job making a good environment at AGS. The main time we saw him was at required events.

Some of the rules they set up and how they were enforced was not totally fair, like everyone is punished, but other than that I think Lyle did a good job.

Very well, thank you. Lyle was really cool and really tried to connect with everyone. He was a lot of fun, it seemed.

Very thoroughly. Rules were always enforced, but we had fun along the way. At no point did I feel restrained by them.

I didn’t see him outside of the speakers; however, his intros were very good in promoting a constructive environment.

The director did a great job promoting a constructive environment.

Very well. I loved AGS. It was a great learning experience for me.

He did a very good job of promoting a constructive environment. Well done.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent here at AGS, and the director did his  job very well in maintaining the AGS atmosphere.

There was never a negative work uttered. His message was easy to understand and agree with.

He did a good job making AGS a constructive experience, and it was a lot of fun.

He did an excellent job ensuring that each and every student had an incredible summer.

He did a very effective job by putting us with people we didn’t know and letting us have the Burrow to hang out in. We have made long-lasting friendships and gained a new outlook on life.

He did a great job. I learned a ton of new things.

I don’t know what he does, but for the most part AGS ran smoothly, so I guess he did a good job.

AGS is amazing. Lyle really runs a great program. Things are orderly but would like more independence. Can’t complain.

Um, well, I didn’t ever see him but before speakers and movies, so I don’t know how he’d construct any kind of environment.

He wanted everyone to be involved. He wanted the environment to be like a community. The required events were helpful for participation.

Lyle did an amazing job.

Mr. Lyle Rupert is an excellent director! All of the Areas were successful because of his great leadership. He was friendly and always approachable.

The Director has been amazing at being fair and promoting a constructive environment at AGS.

Great – did his job appropriately.

Directly, he was limited to occasional announcements, which encouraged participation and a good experience. But few people are influenced by announcements. Indirectly, I know he did much more and worked hard to maintain the integrity of the program.

Very well. I enjoyed the environment thoroughly. However, hearing from the past students, the whole experience seemed to be diluted in a sense.

The Director helped create a very constructive environment that was fun, educational, and probably somewhat life-changing.

Perfectly or as close to perfect as one can get.

Rupert did his job.

He was great and fun and kept us excited about AGS the entire way through.

He said things that encouraged a constructive environment at AGS.

He did well. I can’t explain my answer, but he promoted a sense of community.

The Director did a spectacular job in promoting a constructive environment. He was a very enjoyable man.

There were many roadblocks to student-led activities and a lack of communication between directors, staff, and students.

He would say time and time again that AGS is an open-minded program and that they want you to make you own opinions.

Lyle is fun. I love his jorts (jean shorts). I felt like he allowed enough community.

I think the Director was very effective, but I didn’t feel like he was very personal with the students.

His mellow but forceful attitude made his intentions clear to all AGS students.

Um – very effectively!

He did an amazing job.

Very effectively – everything was great.

He was a great director.

…constantly said we should work to create an environment; um…very well I guess?

Very well.

Very well!  Everythign went very well.

Very well. A few more ice breakers at the beginning could have been good. Kids primarily clumped with the groups they came with from school, which perhaps could have been prevented.

He was very friendly, helpful, and lovely in every way.

Very effectively.

Lyle Rupert was awesome!

Very good.

Very effectively.

Very effectively - well done, Lyle.

Lyle Rupert did a really good job of promoting a constructive environment at AGS because he was very positive and confident in all that goes on here at AGS.

Lyle did a good job of promoting a constructive environment.

Lyle promoted AGS very well. It is a great place to learn to express yourself and to be exposed to diversity.

He did a wonderful job. I felt incredibly welcome and appreciated. He exhibited a great warmth and passion for the process of AGS.

Very effectively. He always promoted that every time we heard him on stage.

Lyle Rupert made it a point to promote a nice community and a good work ethic.

Very well, well-structured and planned.

The director did an awesome job promoting a constructive environment. He wanted us to be experiencing new ideas and experiences.

Although there was a very obvious objective to promote abstract and critical thinking, the material was presented well in an unbiased manner.

Very well.

Lyle Rupert was an awesome director. He kept things under control and had many activities so that everyone could come together and meet new people.

He did a very superb job. Is he real? Of course! Lyle Rupert’s the best!

AGS was all-around constructive. Lyle did a good job. Though I didn’t actually get to know him.

He did an okay job. I thought he could have been more organized.

He did a great job; everything was fair.

He’s not real, but a great job was done to create a positive environment.

Very well, but he needs to be more interactive with students.

Very well. He wasn’t intimidating.

The Director promoted a constructive environment. He seemed well-organized, nice, and excited to be director. I never really talked to him, though.

I thought he did a good job organizing the experience. Even though I never really met him or saw him.

Good, I guess. I didn’t see him much, but things seemed to run well.

The Director did a great job. He was extremely encouraging.

I felt like Lyle Rupert in an overall perspective did a great job. From my understanding, this is his second or third year, and he seems very experienced and prepared. I do have to point out the discipline tactics. Petty things are often taken out of proportion, and the punishment sometimes seems inappropriate.

The director did an excellent job. The environment was filled with love and joy, and I really enjoyed it.

Very effectively. He kept everything light-hearted but functional.

Definitely. I felt very safe and happy.

Lyle Rupert did an excellent job at being interactive with the students and always promoting positive attitude.

He was always involved and promoted an active community. It wouldn’t have been the same without Lyle.

I really did not take to Lyle Rupert at all while I was here.

The Director effectively promoted a constructive environment at AGS.

Great. I don’t know what the director personally did, but I liked AGS.

The Director presented a very constructive environment. There was a place where everyone could fit in.

Good, though he is an alien.

The Director worked very effectively because AGS was run very smoothly and I had a fantastic time!

Very well. He allowed us to even teach our own classes.

Lyle was great! I was so amused by him! He was always saying hilarious things. But I think he did a wonderful job. He always seemed to be trying his hardest to make the 6 weeks awesome for us.

EEEEffectively. I appreciate that new ideas were always encouraged. The rules were a little strict.

The director worked very well and encouraged a constructive environment. His encouragement helped me to branch out and meet different types of people.

The Director was great! One of the few that genuinely looked like he wanted to be here. He had a great attitude and tried to use humor to make us laugh. He guided us and was a good model for us as well.

He promoted so-so. I rarely saw his effect on the program.

Lyle Rupert. Lyle Rupert. L Y L E   R U P E R T. He did a fantastic job.

The environment at AGS was constructive and healthy. I enjoyed it.

Dr. Rupert always seemed open and involved. I think he is a swell guy.

He did an excellent job of balancing different activities, speakers, and required events.  All of the speakers were awesome, and the events were fun. There was a great community.

The director definitely promoted a constructive environment. His almost over-emphasis of the rules blatantly informed students and parents alike just how constructive the environment would be.

Lyle Rupert did an excellent job with AGS.  Words can barely even describe it.

Lyle was wonderful. It was a lot of fun seeing him up on the stage.

Very effectively. I loved all the activities, the environment, and most of all the people (including the staff). Everything was well-organized and well-planned.

The Director did a wonderful job in promoting a constructive environment. The atmosphere is very friendly, and the staff here are extra-friendly.

Lyle was awesome. Wish he could have interacted with the students more.

Very well. The environment was in a constant state of education. It’s great.


He was effective. We love Lyle!

Very effectively.

I liked Lyle Rupert. He did a great job.

Just fine. When an issue arose, he took care of it quickly and efficiently.

Ly-al Ru-pert!!!! Clap..clap...clap…clap. I think he did a dandy job.

Very. Lyle did well in helping to establish the 2008 AGS community.

Mr. Rupert was a great director. He made AGS a home for me and all the other students.

He did very well and didn’t implement restricting policies.

I don’t know exactly what he did, but the environment was constructive, so I believe he succeeded.

Very effectively. He was intelligent and open with students.

The Director was positive most of the time and did a lot of encouraging of the events around campus.

He did a good job.

The director was very friendly and did a great job at making us feel welcome at AGS.

AGS was very constructive. It exposes us to many new ideas and ways of thinking. The required movies were very challenging and sometimes mind boggling to watch.

The Director somewhat effectively promoted a constructive environment at AGS.

He was very constructive, and the environment was very open and friendly. Energy was a constant, and it was amazing. Mr. Rupert was very kind.

The environment of AGS was wonderful. I felt like I had probably as much freedom as I needed.

Very well - very welcoming, easy to talk to and make arrangements with, and accommodating.

It was awesome fun from the beginning. We did have a constructive environment, and I had fun.

Lyle was so cool. He made sure we got announcements before required events, which was cool because we could all be sure we heard it.

I felt at home, welcome, and ready to learn. There was a wonderful balance of education and entertainment.

I don’t know. AGS was a constructive environment, but I don’t know his effect on it.

Extremely effectively. As much as we as students may have complained about certain rules, I, as a whole, felt safe and free to be myself.

I think that AGS is the most constructive environment and embracing place ever. The whole place breeds creativity and unity.


Very good.

Very effectively.


The environment was peaceful, filled with excitement and new ideas.

Very well.

He did a great job. Everything was always organized and run well.

Very well – very enthusiastic.

The environment was very constructive towards AGS activities.

Lyle was relaxed and fun with us, but he was also strict when he needed to be.

He worked hard to ensure a safe and comfortable environment. I believe he was very successful.

Lyle Rupert did a fantastic job. Yay – Go Lyle!

Very effectively. Go Lyle.

Very well. AGS was a very constructive environment. The Director was always encouraging and enthusiastic.

Good, I guess.

He did it very well.

Lyle Rupert is awesome!!!

Extremely well – he created a close community that I felt a part of.

Very effectively. AGS was the best thing I’ve been to.

Lyle Rupert (clap, clap, clap, clap). Very effectively promoted a constructive environment and safe environment at AGS.

Very well.

He promoted it well. I felt like I could be open to any new ideas and judge them as I saw fit.

Lyle Rupert was a very nice guy. He made the six weeks away from home comfortable and easy.

The director promoted a constructive environment well.

Lyle did an amazing job and was always on top of everything.

Very effectively. I think it was very constructive.

The environment was fun, educational, informative, open, and enlightening.

He was very effective.

He was really good at encouraging us to get all we could out of the experience; he was friendly as well. I think he did a great job.

He was very effective.

Lyle seemed to focus on productive activities, etc, but I was never in direct contact with him.

He was very effective and made sure the students had something to do. The program was well-organized and was usually not boring. I felt very comfortable here.

Didn’t see much of what he did, or at least I didn’t know it was him.

He did an excellent job.

He did a good job. The environment here was safe and friendly for everyone. And he was funny.

He was very effective.

The environment was very constructive and exciting.

He did very well.

Extremely well – I love Lyle Rupert!

Who was the director? Was it Lyle or that tall blonde harmonica-playing man who looked like Trey Parker from South Park.

Terrific environment; I felt safe and was able to expand my knowledge.

Very effectively. Everyone had fun in a safe environment.

He did wonderfully. Everything was near perfect – if not perfect.

I don’t know how the director was necessarily involved, but what I can say is that were was always something interesting to do.

The whole system works wonderfully.

The Director did a fine job. He seems to enjoy what he does.

He made us feel welcome and at home.

Very effectively – I wish curfew was later.

Very good.

I thought he did a pretty good job. He tried, and for me that’s what matters.

Everything flowed smoothly.

I was unaware of any of Lyle’s actions.

Mr. Rupert was very effective and constructive.

He made sure we had fun and were safe at the same time.

I learned a lot of staff and felt like I was always doing something.

I love AGS.

Very effectively.

I thought that it was very constructive. We learned a lot of useful things.

He was always positive and did a good job.

Very effectively; he always made sure we knew about the events and seminars.

Very effectively.

He seemed positive, but I didn’t really see him much outside of required events.

We were always encouraged to do everything we had time for not only from the director but also from our teachers.

Rather effectively. He was able to keep the program controlled enough that we learned a lot and still had fun.

I didn’t see him much, but he seemed to have the right idea at gatherings. Cool guy.

He was very positive and was aware of the good things students were doing, not only the bad. He presented students with many choices and learning opportunities.

Very effectively. He was very friendly and gave off positive energy even when he was telling us what not to do.

Lyle Rupert was very critical to the smoothness of this program because he was easy to respect while talking to like a friend.

Very well.


Lyle was great. He always had a great mood and enthusiastic way of introducing things to us.

Lyle Rupert helped keep us in line and focused.

I thought he did a good job; he had a nice easy-going attitude but was not wiling to take trouble-makers or foolishness.

The only real time I was aware of Lyle was at mandatory events, but I’m sure his want of a constructive environment was shared by those beneath him and therefore carried out by them.

Lyle was sweet!  I know behind the scenes he was awesome. Lots of fun.

Very well. I felt as if I were living in a strong community.

Very well.

Pretty well.

Very effective in promoting a constructive environment. He would check the halls and walk around campus making sure everything was going smoothly.

He was awesome! He knows how to handle things.

He was awesome. The environment was great.

Very effectively. I felt at home at AGS.

Lyle kept us on task very well, while still allowing us to cheer for him.

Lyle promoted a very constructive environment for AGS. He maintained a friendly, respectful manner for the students and faculty.


He did a wonderful job encouraging the kids to be involved.

He was awesome!!! He made everything fun!

I think the Director gave AGS a positive and constructive environment.

Um…very well.

I always felt safe and comfortable. I didn’t mind no cell phones – keep it that way.

He did a very good  job. There were a lot of different opportunities for a lot of different people. I didn’t like the feeling of isolation and enclosure though (but I realize safety concerns).

He did really well on making the environment at AGS safe and responsible.

Lyle was amazing! He did a very good job.

The AGS environment was extremely constructive, but I didn’t feel like it was going to be when we first arrived.

Quite so. I guess I didn’t really think about it much.

Very well. He was fun.

Very much. I really thought Lyle was an awesome director.

Very effectively.  I always had something new to learn or try.

The Director promoted a constructive environment very effectively.

He did an awesome job. He and everyone else gave us as much free reign as possible, and this allowed us to truly become a tight community of friends and peers.

He was awesome. He’s a great director.

Classes were great, except some staff were completely anal.

Relatively effectively. I found myself torn by the vast opportunities’ of activities on a daily basis, but I also found myself a little discouraged by some of the rules.

The Director did great.

Overall, very effectively, but it would seem to me that removing a residential life faculty member when he has crossed the boundaries of society and respect (especially when he is around teenage girls) would be a top priority. The male RA’s behavior was unacceptable on numerous occasions, including making a girl cry while reprimanding her and pushing her back down when she rose to leave. And how hard is it to have his work taken over by a couple other staff members for three days?

He was very effective and an overall great director. He was involved, kind, and funny.

Very effective. The rules and guidelines were simple and fair.

Mr. Rupert did a good job as director.

Very well. The rules were laid down and were made plain. Mr. Rupert was also a very friendly leader, and that made him seem more approachable.

All he did was announce rules and lead dorm cheers when he was in front of us, so I can’t really say much about that.

He did a very good job in creating a very enjoyable environment.

Everything was amazing. My mind has been opened up so much, and everything was always organized and just perfect!

I think the students have to be the ones to promote a constructive environment, but Lyle Rupert did a good job.

He very effectively promoted a constructive environment in encouraging us to get to know each other and respect each other.

Lyle Rupert did a greeeaaattt job promoting the environment @ AGS and gave us clear regulations.

He did an excellent job promoting a constructive environment. AGS gave me the opportunity to try things that I would never imagined doing anywhere else.

The director played a small “visible” role at Governor’s School.

Very effective.

Very effectively.

I think he did a good job. He kept required events interesting.

Lyle Rupert is always so friendly and happy that he always put me in a good mood.

He effectively promoted a constructive environment by getting us out of our dorms and talking to other people.

He provided a very active and productive environment at AGS that made him sensible and all in all able to be social and relate with AGS’ers.