Dear Prospective Parents,
Fifty years ago, Parkmont’s founding parents envisioned a program that fostered relationships between adolescents and energetic adults, and dynamic use of the school day to connect learning with the world beyond. We’ve continually evaluated and updated that program to meet the needs of students who often need exceptional help. Our mission is to prepare those students for success in college or a smooth transition back into neighborhood public schools or more traditional independent high schools.
Why do families choose Parkmont to help their children become more skilled, confident, and ambitious young adults? Because we have shown we can improve their child’s future using these ideas and initiatives:
- Making sure that the challenges each student encounters in every class and activity are compelling and realistic by constantly recalibrating their schooling because we know their strengths and capacities.
- Respecting students’ learning differences and energizing their quest to develop abilities and interests with an engaging hands-on curriculum.
- Involving each student in a set of constructive ongoing conversations that include families and teachers to help them take responsibility for their next steps.
- Energetically expanding Parkmont’s classrooms and opportunities for study, work, and adventure – on our campus, throughout our city and the Mid-Atlantic region, and further afield.
- Embracing the uncertainties of human development and dedicating our program to encouraging and engaging students whose timing or course is different from “the norm.”
Does this work? Each June we graduate a group of students, many of whom were already skeptical about their own fitness for the world when they started here at age 11 or 12. We give them targets they can hit, send them exploring, and watch them return amazed and energized by what they see. We help them understand that we are all gifted and all challenged in our own ways. What a difference it makes to each of them to have Parkmont’s help along the way.
Head of School