This week’s update is on student recruitment and is the part of this process that gives me the most satisfaction, since all of the work and investment is being done specifically for these kids. This part of opening a school is also the one that is the most difficult to plan.
We wrapped up the first round of admissions in February and have contracts for a little over one third of our planned enrollment for the fall, which is great! Many schools open with the number of kids we have enrolled. Of the students enrolled for the fall, almost half of them are girls and with documentaries such Code: Debugging the Gender Gap premiering this month, I am very excited to see intelligent girls interested in one or more of the STEM fields applying to Ideaventions Academy.
I can’t say enough about the children that will be attending this fall, they are truly exceptional and I have enjoyed getting to know them as part of the application process. The broad range of talents, variety of personality types and different learning styles of the kids is very exciting. I have always appreciated different opinions and varied backgrounds in teams. I believe that differences in points of view and backgrounds challenge us and lead to creativity and innovation. It’s great to see that is the type of student body that is coming together.
The second round of admissions is currently underway and we have observations occurring next week with placement decisions happening by late April. We will be meeting some of the kids for the first time next week and will be seeing a couple of others for the first time in a few years. We can’t wait, as the observation is the most enjoyable part of the application process for us. We hope to be at two-thirds of planned enrollment by the end of this admissions round.
An announcement that we are pleased to make is that we will be offering transportation to and from Oakton and Ideaventions Academy for up to 10 children this fall. One comment we have heard about from some families is the distance to our new Reston location makes it difficult to juggle the varied schedules of multiple children and is the one thing keeping them from applying. We usually wait to see a trend, and as this came up a number of times, we figured it was something for us to look into solving.
Enjoy your week and we’ll be back next week with updates on the space as we should have the 3D renderings to share.