Occasionally, members of the Elisabeth Morrow administration will share their thoughts with you in this space. Today's guest column is from Kathleen Visconti.
As a Director of Enrollment, I meet with hundreds of families each year. They ask me why they should send their children to an independent school, and to EMS in particular. Here are just some of the reasons:
Why is an independent school the best kind of school? EMS is independently governed by a board of trustees. It can design its curriculum and policies in the way that it thinks is best for children. It is a non-profit, with all revenue going back into the school.
What makes our teachers special? Independent school teachers, who are experts in their subject matter, have the freedom to create educational experiences that meet each child’s needs. They strive to develop a full understanding of each student’s learning style, interests, and motivation.
Why is our mission important? EMS is driven by its own unique philosophy, values, and approach to teaching, developed with input from our whole community. This mission provides a framework for all that we do at school.
What about academics? EMS nurtures intellectual curiosity, stimulates personal growth, encourages critical thinking, and promotes a lifelong love of learning. We challenge each student by setting the bar high and providing caring support. We offer a wide variety of subjects in order to discover and develop passions, and an unparalleled arts education. More students in independent high schools enroll in advanced courses than in public, parochial, and other private schools, and are the highest achievers in higher education. Only 1 percent of children in the country have the gift of independent school education, yet they make up 20 percent of top scholars at universities.
What about class size? Low student-teacher ratios encourage close connections between instructors and students. At EMS, our ratio overall is 7:1, and average class size is 12-16.
What about my child as an individual? In addition to academics, EMS nurtures students’ social-emotional growth and civic conscience. EMS students know how to advocate for themselves and are good community members with a moral compass.
How about preparation to be a world citizen? EMS has the gift of strong global and cultural diversity in a vibrant community that welcomes and respects every family.
How about the parents? EMS promotes regular communication among students, parents, and teachers to ensure everyone is working toward the same goals. As a parent, you can actively engage in your student’s education, because the staff and teachers value your participation.
EMS is increasing the enrollment and retention of students to historic highs. These children are in a highly desired, great school with a huge heart, run by knowledgeable professionals. Soon we will be sending you enrollment contracts, and we hope that you reflect on why you chose an independent school and the Elisabeth Morrow School in particular.
Having raised a child that attended only great independent schools, I know what an independent school education can mean. Our children are confident, resourceful, and meaningful contributors to society. I believe that there are two significant things you can give to your children- your love and support and a great education. We thank you for your partnership and look forward to welcoming you back next year.