On April 2 and 3, the White Mountain community hosted 27 prospective students as part of our Accepted Student Program. Everyone arrived in time to enjoy Family-Style Dinner and then spent the evening learning about and participating in many of the White Mountain programs and initiatives that make our School unique: they went climbing on the climbing wall in the gym, threw pots and learned about arts options in the ceramics studio, answered trivia questions with the STEMinist group, explored the world of robotics, and learned about the various ways we address and promote sustainability and diversity in our community. The night ended with some fun activities and games with their hosts before returning for an overnight in the dorms.
On Tuesday morning, the prospective students attended Morning Meeting where they had the chance to learn about some of the student-driven inquiry work that permeates our curriculum. They also visited a number of classes to get a feel for the depth and breadth of a White Mountain education and then attended a student panel where they had the chance to ask some current White Mountain students about their experience at the School. After lunch, the program concluded with a surprise trip to Chutter’s in Littleton, which features a 112-foot-long candy counter! This was a great chance for the prospective students to get a taste of the local community and was a welcome surprise.
This was the first time that White Mountain has hosted an overnight experience for prospective students and by all accounts it was a great success. In reflecting on the reasoning behind it, Allison Letourneau, Associate Head of School for Enrollment Management, said the following:
“We believe that the most compelling and differentiating aspects of our School lie in our community, and we felt strongly that an overnight Accepted Student Program was the most effective way to share this with future White Mountain students. We were blown away by how our community embraced this opportunity with a sense of enthusiasm and pride for their School. It was a collective and inspiring effort.”
It is clear that the program was greatly appreciated by the families who visited. One prospective parent described the experience as “really unique and a great way to introduce the students to life at White Mountain” and another noted that the visit made the difference in their child deciding to attend White Mountain. Thus far 18 of the 27 students have decided to join the White Mountain community and we are incredibly excited to welcome this amazing group in the fall!