Why a Student Visit Day Matters to Parents, Teachers and Kids

Posted by Kelly Emerson - 07 November, 2017

Drake First Day - 5018263.jpgAs we prepare for the season of student visits and a big visit day coming up this Friday, November 10, it's important to point out why a visit day is a valuable part of the admissions process.

1. Students in grades 1-11 can offer personal input to the conversation at home about the similarities and differences between Randolph and their current schools.

2. Parents can more easily and meaningfully engage their older students in the conversation about school experiences.

3. Teachers and administrators can get to know the students who visit better, rather than just relying on test scores and transcripts to understand and evaluate their stories.

For our Lower School students, the visit day allows them to meet new friends and enjoy some special classes like music, art, or foreign language. The experience helps parents start a conversation about the differences between the child's current school and their thoughts on Randolph.

Sitting in smaller classes was something they all enjoyed, and they could immediately see the difference in the interactions between students and teachers, impressed by how everyone was encouraged to speak.

Middle School students get to spend a day with a host and are able to get a feel for the community. A chat with one of our Middle School deans or our Middle School Division Head Clay Elliott gives them the time and opportunity to ask questions about the Middle School program.2X0A4271w.jpg

Three of our newer Upper School students have some thoughts and opinions about what a big impression their visit days had on them.

The three girls all remember their visit days fondly and consider them to have been a great introduction to the community. Margaret '19, who is in her second year at Randolph, said, “I was surprised by how excited the teachers were about teaching and by how happy they were to be at school." Sitting in smaller classes was something they all enjoyed, and they could immediately see the difference in the interactions between students and teachers, impressed by how everyone was encouraged to speak.

Joining their student hosts for lunch was also something they all enjoyed. Cole '19 said, “The open atmosphere allowed me to connect, and I knew that I would belong at Randolph." “The inviting environment made it easy to begin new friendships,” said Avery '19. “Moving in from out of town seemed intimidating, but Hannah, Ariana, and Brianna made me feel at ease. They all stayed connected with me throughout the admissions process to answer questions that I had.”

All the girls spoke about how reassuring that continued communication with their hosts was after their visit days. “Getting a glimpse into the life of a Randolph student solidified my decision,” said Margaret. Avery and Cole both agreed, and said that when the time came to make the decision about changing schools, it was easy.

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Cole '19 is part of the Raider swim team and is involved with Mrs. Poplin’s Hand-working Club

Avery '19 is part of the Raider dance team and volunteers with Connect with Kids

Margaret '19 is part of the Raider tennis team and is a leader with High School Democrats of America

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