FAQ

Dr. Allison's broad perspective on learning communities uniquely positions her to evaluate Allison, and to answer for prospective students and families, this fundamental question:

Why Allison?

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Evaluating the options offered by private schools can be overwhelming. Every prospective student and parent must wonder why Allison might be right for them. How would you respond to the question Why Choose Allison Academy?

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Dr. A: The answer starts with discussing how Allison Academy possesses the qualities most people associate with all good private schools. Small classes, excellent teachers, and very high academic standards stand at the center of our mission. We emphasize the development of strong reading, writing, research, and computational skills, and at the same time, we infuse our students with a passion for learning.

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That alone seems to provide the information people need to make their decision?

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Dr. A: To some extent, yes, but families also understand that every school has its own unique set of qualities, and they are seeking the best possible match. The challenge for families is to understand what distinguishes one school from another and how those distinguishing features might pertain to the needs and aspirations of their student.

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So what distinguishes Allison Academy from its peers?

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Dr. A: First of all, I would cite the strength and nature of the Allison community. In the most general sense, our community is caring and supportive, qualities that are manifest in our core relationships. For example, students benefit from teachers who work hard and effectively to support them academically and in their extra-curricular pursuits. It is also true that our students are supportive of one another; and they derive additional comfort from the support of their parents and even the parents of their friends. Students at Allison feel accepted and affirmed for who they are, even as they are encouraged to improve themselves in numerous ways.

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Any final thoughts on why families should choose Allison?

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Dr. A: Speaking with absolute objectivity... I can say as Head of School, a career educator, and a mother of two... that Allison is a very special place. Our community is grounded and representative of the larger society of which we are a part. We have a traditional reverence for academics, and we are equally committed to ensuring that our students grow through involvement in the arts, athletics, and service. Our school culture is one that values achievement and aspiration, and we pursue these goals through support and encouragement. In the end, we could not be more proud of the students who graduate from Allison Academy. And we welcome, in equal measures of pride and anticipation, the new families who join our community each year.