|Preparing for your visit:|
Many excellent options exist for your child’s college preparation. During your visit to campus we will not try to “sell” you on Proctor. Rather, we want to provide you an opportunity to gather the information you need to make the best decision for your family. The campus visit is an opportunity to look beyond the glossy photos in the viewbook and the flash of the website. Beyond student teacher ratios, class sizes, and facilities (all of which are important), we hope you will focus on our community, and the relationships we share here.
You will undoubtedly have many questions about life at Proctor. Ask them! Whether you are curious about vacation travel, our disciplinary system, how we deal with drugs and alcohol, who would be looking out for your child, our learning support program or how parents get involved in the community, it is important that you inquire.
Parenting your child through the admission process:
In addition to setting an interview date, a test date for the SSAT and completing the application you will be helping your child to consider which schools best match his needs. It may be helpful for you to be familiar with Proctor’s history (part I, part II, part III, and part IV), as well as our operating philosophy in the admission office. Parents often want to know how the Committee arrives at its decisions. The most reassuring answer for many parents is that we do not look first at an applicant’s standardized test scores. While do consider standardized test scores, we are primarily interested in the applicant’s character, work ethic and academic history.
Responding to the Admission Committee’s decision:
Waiting to hear from the Admission Committee will, in all likelihood, be an anxiety producing experience. When the letter finally arrives, it will contain exciting or disappointing news. Often, families receive letters of acceptance from multiple schools and then have to decide which to attend. From our perspective, it is important that the student enroll at Proctor because it is her first choice. Students who enroll at Proctor because it is the parent’s first choice don’t always fare as well. Families who receive disappointing news from the Admission Committee often experience frustration. Rather than dwell on the frustration, it is important to recognize the committee’s decision for what it is: a feeling that Proctor is not the best match for the student.
Health and Safety:
When you send your child to Proctor we assume en loco parentis responsibilities. It is a charge we take seriously, and endeavor to ensure the health and safety of each of our students. Our Health Center is staffed 24 hours a day. Additionally, we retain the services of Dr. Amy Schneider who holds clinics on campus 3 days a week and is on call 7 days a week. The New London Hospital is located 8 miles from campus and is affiliated with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 30 minutes from campus in Hanover, NH. The campus is monitored by our own security staff, who ensure that dorms are secured and students are safe. Proctor shares a longstanding positive relationship with the town of Andover, NH, a small, safe community of 1,200.