A packed auditorium waits for the music. Nervous, she steps out from the chorus and up to the microphone. She does well through the first verse but stumbles on the words and then the notes in the second verse. Mortified, she removes herself from the microphone. The audience is quiet. The music teacher approaches the young student and whispers encouragement in her ear. She returns to the microphone and begins again. When she arrives at the part that she missed the first time, the quiet voices of the audience can be heard, gently helping her make it through the forgotten part. She beams with gratitude, and the audience gives her a standing ovation.
An education shouldn’t just be about classrooms and instruction and solving problems. There are plenty of experiences outside a classroom that can contribute to the growth of a child and contribute to their knowledge of the world and the way they choose to move within it. Sports, theater, art—the list goes on.
There is no question that leadership is a strategic asset for a country, a corporation, a school or any organization. The CEO of One Click Ventures, Randy Stocklin, recently defined leadership in an interview with Business News Daily as “the ability to help people achieve things they don’t think are possible. Leaders are coaches with a passion for developing people…Leaders inspire people through a shared vision and create an environment where people feel valued and fulfilled.”
What lessons do we want students to retain from their time in high school? This question is a reflection of a quest toward “knowing what to do, when you don’t know what to do.”
A small school allows for every member of the community to be seen, known and loved. That’s the essence of everyone working together to learn, to sometimes struggle and to delve deep into scholarship, the arts and living a healthy lifestyle. Small schools have the advantage of a tight-knit community that provides a safe platform for students to experiment and grow. Holderness School is a small high school with 280 students. It, like other schools under 400 students, is a place where students know each other by name and faculty/staff have knowledge of each student as well as primary experiences in the classroom, on the athletic field, at dinner, during an outing, or as an advisee.
Our complicated, globally-focused world demands more of its citizens. Parents and students wonder if sticking with today's norms will help students rise to their highest potential. If you think that education is important and want to bridge academic rigor with rich and robust experiences, you might want to consider a boarding school experience for high school. Here are a few thoughts on why a boarding school experience may enhance your learning journey and help you become your best self: