With summer upon us, we’d like to quickly highlight our only AQ member – and only independent school that we know of- that specializes in and is only a summer school. Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School reaches its 100th summer milestone with the coming session. We spoke briefly with Wolfeboro Head, Ed Cooper about Wolfeboro’s unique role in the boarding school world and its student mission. As Peter & I have both worked at Wolfeboro over the years, we appreciate the school’s approaches and opportunities.
1. Explain/tell us about the unique role that Wolfeboro plays in the boarding school community?
Ed Cooper (EC): Wolfeboro is the only school of its kind: a traditional boarding school program- in a summer lakeside setting- offering middle and secondary school student’s opportunities for specific and lasting academic progress. We are exclusively and only a summer school. We have a year round office that allows us plan and focus on our program and students goals as we prepare for our students’ programs.
Schools (public and private) and educational consultants from all over the world believe in the benefits of Wolfeboro’s singular focus- each student’s academic growth and preparedness. Wolfeboro is a summer boarding school designed to accomplish a singular objective: maximize readiness for the next school year. Courses in all subjects can be taken for review, preview or credit purposes
2. What does Wolfeboro instill in students as they prepare for school?
Wolfeboro’s mission is to elevate each student’s method of operation and skill level. Every aspect of the academic, residential and recreational program is designed to foster the development of academic confidence, motivation, accountability and productivity. Wolfeboro teaches step by step process and the habits conducive to greater success in the next school year. Students leave Wolfeboro understanding knowing how to better approach their responsibilities- personal and academic. Wolfeboro alumni understand and are able to structure a framework and organized approach to their academic lives. They know when and how to focus on school work and will improve their ability to stay on task until the assigned work is completed.
The Wolfeboro Experience creates scholastic momentum for the next school year as well as an increased eagerness for even greater achievement.
3. Give us a picture of what’s new and interesting at Wolfeboro this year?
The 2009 season will be Wolfeboro’s Centennial Year as a ‘camp’ school. We’ve changed in many ways and haven’t changed in many other respects.
As with many schools, Wolfeboro has evolved from a single-gender all-boys school to a co-ed institution with a middle school program. We are commemorating the Centennial with the opening of a newly expanded girls’ residential campus.
While we are firmly rooted in our 100 year legacy, the school is proudly committed to a tradition of innovation. At the same time, the school firmly adheres to three unchanging pillars of the prgram- tent living, family style meals, and an evening structure which includes a thoroughly supervised study hall.
Interested in learning more about Wolfeboro? Visit their web site: www.wolfeboro.org