Loomis Chaffee welcomed accepted students and their families to the Island over the course of four Revisit Days this spring, giving students a chance to take another look at the school, meet current students and teachers, sample freshman classes, and learn what to expect next fall with the opening of the new Campus Center and Pearse Hub for Innovation.
Each Revisit Day began with a welcome reception and a presentation by Head of School Sheila Culbert in Hubbard Performance Hall. With the help of talented and dedicated faculty, Sheila said, Loomis students are encouraged to think critically and use their creativity to take on challenges and find innovative solutions to problems. At Loomis, we seek to create an environment where students are challenged, but we also care about the well-being of our students, she said. Teachers, advisors, dorm families, coaches, counselors, and health center staff are all here for our students because they know that students learn best when they are supported, she said.
Sheila told prospective students that they were selected because they exhibit the qualities that make them a great match for the school.
"We will work hard to help you become your best self," she said, encouraging them to picture themselves at Loomis as they enjoyed the day's events.
Each visiting student was paired with a current student host, with whom they attended classes and ate lunch and learned what it is like to live on campus or to be a day student. Students were invited to take a closer look at areas of personal interest, including athletics; music, theater & dance; visual arts; global and environmental studies; and academic departments.
Parents were given an overview of the new Campus Center, which is under construction and set to open in the fall of 2018. The Campus Center will house expanded dining facilities, a spacious student lounge, meeting space for clubs and organizations, and the Pearse Hub for Innovation, called the PHI. The PHI will be home to dedicated faculty and equipment for innovation and design, including 3-D printers, a laser cutter, and other digital media equipment that will be used across departments and curricula. Intentional programming focused on design thinking, entrepreneurial innovation, and project-based learning is under development and will be ready for roll-out in the new school year.
Visiting parents also attended a panel discussion of boarding or day students and their family members; ate lunch with several faculty members and current parents, who answered questions and shared experiences; and were invited to join their children in taking a closer look at areas of interest at open informational sessions.
Each Revisit Day ended with a discussion of current student perspectives, led by students, before a closing reception. The school community is eager to welcome the revisiting students back as enrolled students in the fall of 2018.