Curious Family

One of my favorite parts of Roycemore admissions events is when we have panels of students who share their thoughts and experiences with prospective students and their families. There is nothing better than hearing directly from students about their relationships with teachers and other students along with how it feels to be part of the Roycemore community. During one of these admissions mornings recently, a visitor asked the students how they would describe the culture at Roycemore, and I will never forget the answer from one of our Juniors– “Curious Family.” In just two words, the student was able to powerfully articulate the culture. While I don’t know what was in the mind of the student, the choice of words struck me as being particularly apt for Roycemore- let me share why.
Roycemore’s Portrait of a Graduate identifies the skills and competencies that we aim to help all students develop during their time at Roycemore. However, students that are attracted to our community seem to already have a trait in common–curiosity–that they further develop while at Roycemore. Students are encouraged to explore topics they are curious about through our signature programs of Theme Week, P3, and JST. And when they get to the age where they can choose electives, we encourage the self-exploration that is made possible through the coursework. Our students are observant, open-minded, and friendly. They want to learn about each other and the world around them. Aligned with their openness, they embrace diversity and are motivated to engage and understand each other. This is probably why two of the most popular student clubs in the Upper School are the Diversity Club and the Sexuality Gender Alliance.
It’s no surprise that “Family” was part of the student’s description of the Roycemore culture as it ties directly to our core value of “Community.” As an intentionally small school, students are well known by their classmates and teachers- just like family. And as in our own families, at Roycemore we show up for each other; we show respect; we celebrate achievements; we negotiate when necessary; we express appreciation; and we feel comfortable being ourselves. I believe that one of the greatest gifts we have at Roycemore is that each day when a student or faculty member enters campus, they can be authentically themselves. When we can do that, we are more centered, balanced, and experience a greater sense of well-being. Going through adolescence can be hard, but it is so much easier if you feel comfortable in your own skin.
As we near the end of the calendar year, I am so grateful for our Curious Family of students, teachers, parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends. You are an integral part of our ability to maintain a diverse and intimate community, rooted in academic excellence, where we inspire students to discover their passions, think without limits, find their voice, and live courageously. Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy New Year to us all. May 2022 bring our Curious Family even closer together– for together, all things are possible!
In partnership for the education of your student,
Adrianne Finley Odell
Head of School