White Mountain’s 2019 Fall Open House Sees Record Attendance

Senior Ayanna Dukes '20 leads a group of prospective students on a campus tour.

Senior Ayanna Dukes ’20 leads a group of prospective students on a campus tour.

On Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, The White Mountain School set a new record for attendance at its Fall Open House event for prospective students and families. Over 80 total guests were in attendance, making this White Mountain’s most well-attended admissions event to date.

“This year’s record high attendance is truly a testament to the great work our entire team—faculty, staff, and administrators—all do and have been doing,” said Allison Letourneau, associate head of school for enrollment management. “It is clear that people are genuinely interested and excited about the amazing work happening at White Mountain and that our intentional, close-knit community is resonating with prospective students and families alike.”

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 and participated in a design challenge led by Mike Peller, assistant head of school for teaching and learning, and Tory Dobbin, a faculty member in the Department of World Languages. Working in small groups with 1-2 current White Mountain students, prospective students built the tallest tower possible using only dry spaghetti, marshmallows, twine, and tape.

In the early afternoon, prospective students had the opportunity to participate in one of four student activities with current White Mountain students and faculty: art, climbing, robotics, or writing. 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.

“White Mountain is a small school, but a school that offers an incredible amount of choice. In ninth and tenth grade, students choose many of the courses that they take, and starting in junior year, every single class that’s on a student’s plate is one that they have actively selected,” said Mike. “This amount of choice sparks or re-sparks the natural curiosity and enthusiasm for learning that we see in young kids. Our approach allows and helps students at White Mountain become the dynamic learners that we know they can be. During college interviews, our students are able to talk about projects and experiences that they’re truly excited about, and it shows and leaves an impact.”

White Mountain’s Office of Admission will hold two additional open house-style events during early 2020. On Feb. 17, prospective students and families will have the opportunity to visit campus at a Winter Open House with a similar agenda to the Fall Open House. Between April 29-30, admitted students and their families will have the opportunity to explore White Mountain in greater depth at Admitted Students Day. Additional details about these two events will be released closer to the date of each event.

Prospective students and families interested in visiting White Mountain outside of these events should call the Office of Admission at (603) 444-2928, ext. 226, or email admission@whitemountain.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.

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