Each year, all of us at Greenwood are continually amazed at the courage and resilience our boys 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 boys increase their skills, discover talents they never knew they had, and emerge from the experience as independent, resourceful, confident young men.
By offering the following advice, it is our goal to take an active role in making the transition into the Greenwood community a positive experience for all. The Greenwood Experience is most enjoyable and successful when both parents and students are thoroughly prepared for the upcoming transition.

This advice was compiled from decades of experience helping families adjust to changes as they become a part of the larger Greenwood family. Current and past Greenwood parents and students were also surveyed, and their valuable insights are also included below.
One important component in preparing for the upcoming transition is to ensure your son knows why he will be attending Greenwood. Review the decision-making process with him, set goals, and clearly communicate the benefits and opportunities Greenwood will afford him. Make a list of “pros” and “cons,” and devise strategies that address your son’s “con” concerns. It is also wise to share your son’s concerns with the school, so we can take a proactive approach whenever possible.

Create a calendar with your son. This calendar should highlight dates when you will be together (i.e. weekend visits, vacation, etc.). This will ensure that your son always knows how many days remain until he will next see you. Also include any exciting school functions, etc.

Thoroughly review the Greenwood’s Student & Parent Handbook with your son 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 boys.

Communicate with your son’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 son’s 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.