WHY VVS?January 30, 2018
Sean Fagan, Director of Admissions.
Did you know: VVS students outperform their global peers – exceeding the IB pass rate consistently!
With our seniors delivering their senior speeches at community meeting, I realize that graduation is inching closer and they will soon be heading off to college. And it’s an impressive list of colleges!
Recently, we invited a panel of VVS alumni to return to campus and speak to our students about their current college experiences. This annual event is a great opportunity for VVS college-bound students and recent VVS graduates to mix and share important information about college life.
While some students are preparing for “life after VVS”, the Admissions Office is busy receiving new applications, giving campus tours to prospective students/families, interviewing applicants, and reviewing final applications. Our re-enrollment process is also underway. Please remember Monday, February 19 is the deadline date to re-enroll your student for next year. Last year, 96% of students who were eligible to return to VVS did so. This is impressive evidence that the VVS experience, in all its facets, is clearly meeting the expectations and standards of our students and parents.
The VVS experience – what makes us unique – can be challenging to label, quantify or qualify. Ask a student, alumn or parent and you’re sure to get a variety of responses. However, there are definite threads that connect these different impressions: the landscape and its sense of place, the community people feel here and its sense of belonging, and meeting the challenge of rigorous academics and the sense of accomplishment that brings.
Monika Nottebohn, the managing director of sb Nottebohn, an international educational consultancy headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, recently returned to VVS with her husband, Christian. Moni’s firm is instrumental in placing German students in American and Canadian boarding schools. After being introduced in community meeting, we asked them to share some lasting impressions of VVS. “The landscape, Moni began, is unparalleled. The equestrian program is very attractive to German students, and the high academic standards, particularly the IB program, are a huge plus.” Christian added, “We visit more than thirty schools, and VVS is a family. We feel that each time we visit.”
As for our students, when several were asked why they choose to come and come back to VVS, they shared:
- The teachers care about me, not just as a student, but as a human being.
- The community here connects you to people and to the campus.
- It feels like a family.
- It’s peaceful here, and people are friendly.
- The school work is really hard, but I wouldn’t go anywhere else.
- Because I like living with my best friends.
- I really like the diversity and how nice people are.
We’ll be reaching out soon with a short survey to ask for your VVS impressions – we hope you’ll participate and help us gather valuable context that will help position the school and our students for a long and successful future!
More information about enrollment – new or re-enrolling – can be found HERE.