Each year, all of us at Greenwood are continually amazed at the courage and resilience our students demonstrate as they leave their homes and venture out into the unfamiliar world of boarding school. Year after year, with the support and guidance from their parents and everyone at school, Greenwood students increase their skills, discover talents they never knew they had, and emerge from the experience as independent, resourceful, confident young people.
One important component in preparing for the upcoming transition is to ensure your student knows why they will be attending Greenwood. Review the decision-making process with them, set goals, and clearly communicate the benefits and opportunities Greenwood will afford them. Make a list of “pros” and “cons,” and devise strategies that address your childs “con” concerns. It is also wise to share the students concerns with the school, so we can take a proactive approach whenever possible.
Create a calendar with your student. This calendar should highlight dates when you will be together (i.e. weekend visits, vacation, etc.). This will ensure they always knows how many days remain until they will next see you. Also include any exciting school functions, etc.
Thoroughly review the Greenwood’s Student & Parent Handbook with the student so he enters with a basic understanding of our expectations and policies. We will also directly and explicitly teach our policies, systems, and expectations to all of the students.
Communicate with your childs’s advisor and make your expectations for communication clear. We will provide bi-weekly updates. We also hope you will call us if you have a question or a concern. Open and honest communication is a key component of working together in partnership for what is in your students best interest.
Communicate with other Greenwood parents. New and returning parents are a great resource who can also offer valuable support and encouragement. In addition to publishing parent contact information and resources through our parent portal, there will be functions throughout the year with the express purpose of everyone spending time together and getting to know one another. All parents are a vital part of the supportive community that is Greenwood.