School Profile: Storm King School
Risk and Participation Take Graduates into the Future
Storm King School recently revisited its principles and covenants with an eye toward the future, seeking to insure that the institution and its members practice the values and principles that the school believes paramount to positive growth experiences.
Storm King School- asking, Who are we? To what ideas and principles do we commit ourselves and how do we commit ourselves to each other?- emerges a vibrant, grounded community committed to participation by all members. Storm King wants its graduates to take the risks of trying new experiences and gaining awareness of community connectedness as part of their lives. All this is considered important even though the primary need is for students to address the skills and knowledge necessary for a college preparatory program.
Focusing on students academic experiences, Associate Head, Helen (Steevie)Chinitz, explains The Schools commitment needed to be that there was, from its faculty members, the most intelligent and sensitive academic delivery. The school purposefully seeks and hires faculty who approach their subjects from a variety of perspectives, whether in the arts or in traditional academic courses.
Storm King believes that every student will find a meaningful connection within the faculty. Gosh, one star or another is going to catch the student, as will some discipline among the different offerings that we have. It will click. I know that there will be somebody on our campus with whom a student will genuinely connect, believes Ms.Chinitz.
Confidence Through Risk
Committed to teaching, risk-taking, and connectedness through all facets of its program, Storm King expects all students to try, and to learn from, diverse and new experiences. Institutional commitment to visual and performing arts and athletics is essential to encourage students at Storm King. Success in one area, Ms.Chinitz argues, makes it easier for a student to say, Ill give it a try, when facing a new challenge. It (risking new experiences) is definitely at the heart of a lot at the school. Confidence and personal growth result from participation in a total school life.
Credibility: Everyone Participates
Communal participation creates an environment in which exploration of new areas becomes admired and safe. At Storm King, Ms.Chinitz tells us that every single person, every administrator, every student, every faculty member, participates. With all community members involved, students feel the confidence and support that allow them to venture beyond themselves. This web of belief and support binds Storm King students into a cohesive body in which individuals root for each other as they explore the world.
This support of each other stands as an essential value within the Storm King community. Ms.Chinitz says, “I very much care that they (students) learn to be...I’m proudest when I can recommend a student and say that this is someone who knows himself/herself and knows how to be generous to others.”
The Sit Down Meal Binds
Sharing with each other has also become an integral part of the community at Storm King. The school recently returned to having a Monday evening formal sit-down dinner to begin the week. Each Monday evening at 6 PM, students and faculty- males in jacket and tie, women dressed appropriately- gather for a sit-down meal in assigned seats. Students sit, eat, and share with community members whom they may not know well; the pace is leisurely; and the community shares, participates, and binds itself for the coming week.
Ms. Chinitz says, It has been so successful and it has released all sorts of skills and attitudes that nothing else could have accomplished quite this way. Within this, weve seen people whove never talked before beginning to connect and chat. Its working in wonderful ways. It gives a tone to the week.
Communicating the Message
Campus visits show off the life and diversity of offerings at the school. Storm King brings visitors to campus as often as they can. Ms.Chinitz relates the story of one recent campus visitor. We just had a newspaper reporter come to spend a full day seeing us- invited by a student who had this as part of a history project. She (student) took him to all her classes. Miraculously, wonderful things happened that we hadnt planned. He wrote a long article in the local newspaper about it- just giving an account of what his day was like. It went on forever. It was who we are. We were delighted.
A change in admission profiles has accompanied the schools focus within its mission. Storm King has tightened its admission criteria by focusing on the candidates whom, the admission committee believes, are a good fit- even with the pressure of filling the school.
Like its mission and practice, Storm King remains committed to admission risks similar to those that the school asks of students. Storm King looks for those students ready to commit themselves to the active participatory life of a small school.
Please contact the admission office for more information:
Storm King School
314 Mountain Road
Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520
Email: [email protected]
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The Admission Process: Ongoing Correspondence & Communication
What will happen and what might happen...
Plan Accepted Candidate Visits
Whew. Your potential schools have your application, recommendations, & transcripts. You may have interviewed or be about to visit campus and interview. It’s all over until you get a letter. Not quite. As you can tell, we’re big on process and the process continues. Applicants and families need to stay informed and communicate with admission officers even during this quiet period. In this edition of the process, we look at what will happen to your application and what the results might be.
Ongoing Correspondence & Communication - Know the Admission Office
After you have submitted your application, an admissions officer will evaluate your candidacy. Find out who is this person is in case you have any follow up questions.
Don't bother this person with unnecessary phone calls, birthday cards, chocolates, or other expressions of your desire to be accepted. It doesn't pay to be a pest.
Unless you have applied for rolling or early admission, most schools will notify candidates on or around April 15. Students who have been offered admission are generally given 30 days before a decision and a deposit is required. Once again be sure to consult each school for variation in the notification process.
In general, admissions committees will render one of four decisions on your application:
Admit: Yeah, you are accepted!
Defer: They are still interested in you, but they probably have some concerns about your grades. They may want to see another set of marks before they make their final decision. Call the school to clarify your status.
Wait list: They really like you, but don't have a room just yet. Most schools create a wait list of qualified candidates in case a student who was enrolled decides not to attend at the last minute. In this event the student or students at the top of the wait list are offered admission. Call the school to clarify your status.
Denied: It's the not decision that you had hoped for, but you know what, if you don't get admitted to a school it generally works out for the best in the long run.
Planning Accepted Student Visits
Many schools offer special visitation periods or weekends for accepted students during the spring. You are no longer an applicant; you can become a student should you and your family choose. These accepted candidate programs are less scripted and more informal than your interview, tour, and earlier admission experiences.
Plan to attend as many of these events as you can. These visits give you the inside, daily view of the school. Discussions, presentations, and question and answer sessions for parents and students often accompany these visitation periods.
Accepted student visits allow you to experience and feel the daily life of a school. Most schools will assign you with a current student. He or she will take you through the school’s daily life- showing you the ropes. On these visits, you often spend a night in the dormitory, move through the school day, observe athletics and extra-curriculars and, most importantly, get to sample the food.
While visiting during these periods enjoy the experience but keep an evaluative perspective. We recommend writing notes about your visit. Don’t walk around with a pad and pen. Relax. Have fun. When you get home, write your thoughts- what you saw, what you did, how you felt, and why? When you sit down as a family to make the big decision, you will be amazed at how differently you think and feel about each school.
These experiences and thoughts will serve as the foundation for evaluation and making your final decision. In our next edition we will cover some specific questions to ask and topics to keep in mind during the decision period.
• Evaluating Your Choices - things to think about as you attend accepted student visits
• Applying On Short Notice
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