On Monday, February 17, 2020, The White Mountain School hosted its first Winter Open House event in at least five years for prospective students and families with nearly two dozen guests in attendance.
“Over the past few years, we have been experiencing increasingly profound and historic levels of enthusiastic engagement with the School at every step of the admissions process, from inquiry to enrollment,” said Allison Letourneau, associate head of school for enrollment management. “Being able to revive this event at the School is a testament to how engaged prospective students and families have been during the 2019-2020 academic year in particular.”
Throughout the day, prospective families had multiple opportunities to tour White Mountain’s facilities and interact with students, faculty, and staff. During the morning, prospective students visited the Inquiry, Innovation, and Impact Lab (I^3 Lab). They participated in a design challenge led by Mike Peller, assistant head of school for teaching and learning, and Alexis Waller, director of inquiry, innovation, and impact. Working in small groups with a current White Mountain student, prospective students built the tallest tower possible using only dry spaghetti, marshmallows, twine, and tape. During the same time, parents were able to hear from and ask questions of a panel of students and faculty, including Jaylynn Alexander ’20; Nicholas “Nickel” Carlson ’20; Kim Cooper, interim director of equity and inclusion and an English teacher; James “J.J.” Cromer, senior class advisor and a humanities teacher; and Rebecca Dickinson, academic dean and director of White Mountain’s Learning Center. At lunch, both students and parents had the opportunity to hear from Head of School John Drew.
In the afternoon, prospective students had the opportunity to participate in one of four student activities with current White Mountain students and faculty: dance, robotics, rock climbing, or skiing. These activities, only a sampling of the opportunities White Mountain offers, allowed prospective students to experience White Mountain’s philosophy of student-driven inquiry directly. This approach enables students to engage and find success in work that matters to them based on their natural curiosities, strengths, and passions. Optional campus tours and interviews with staff from White Mountain’s Office of Admission were also offered.
White Mountain’s next admission-related event will be Admission Decision Day on Tuesday, March 10. Admission Decision Day is used by most independent schools across the United States as the day when admission and financial aid decisions are officially communicated to prospective students and families. Between March 29-30, admitted students and their families will have the opportunity to explore White Mountain in even greater depth during the Accepted Student Program. Additional details about the Accepted Student Program will be released closer to the date of the event. Prospective White Mountain students and families have until Friday, April 10, to decide whether or not to enroll in the School for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Prospective students and families interested in visiting White Mountain outside of public events hosted by the Office of Admission should call the office at (603) 444-2928, ext. 226, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1886 and set in the beautiful White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, The White Mountain School is a coeducational college-preparatory boarding and day school for 135 students grades 9-12/PG. Our mission is to be a school of inquiry and engagement. Grounded in an Episcopal heritage, White Mountain prepares and inspires students to lead lives of curiosity, courage, and compassion.