Grade 9 students applying to boarding schools in the U.S. had the opportunity to tour and interview at several schools this January on two separate trips. This fall students took the SSAT and completed applications before traveling north to New England and Mid-Atlantic states.

The New England trip was led by Mrs. Schmitt and included a tour of six schools. Forrest Schmitt and Jade Knowles visited Brewster Academy (NH), Lawrence Academy (MA), The Bement School (MA), Kimball Union Academy (NH), The Groton School (MA) and Vermont Academy. The cold and blustery trip did not dampen the mood as students’ excitement kept spirits high. DCMS alumni sightings (Sim and Sidhira) were a highlight of the trip!

Simeon Bethel, now a freshman at Deerfield Academy in MA, joined the group for dinner while they were in Deerfield. He shared stories of rowing for the crew team, evening study hall sessions, dorm life, and upcoming plans to join the basketball team. Simeon’s studies are paying off as he earned high honors for the fall term!  Sidhira Johnson, sophomore at Brewster Academy, was a surprise host as the tour guide for the Brewster campus. Sidhira is enjoying boarding school immensely and was a good sport leading the students through an ice-storm.

The Mid-Atlantic trip was led by Ms. Peace. Tiia and Tiara McKinney visited The Lawrenceville School (NJ), The Pennington School (NJ), Mercersburg Academy (PA), Saint Andrew’s (DE), and Blair Academy (NJ). Tiia and Tiara were particularly impressed with the variety of classes and extra-curricular opportunities. While visiting Lawrenceville, the group reunited with Island School alumni!

For the girls, this was the first time seeing snow! It was also especially exciting for these two budding authors to visit the nearby bookstore. Thank you to the Maxey’s for hosting the students!

We wish these students the best as they wait for their admission decisions.