"Marvelwood is all about family"
-Blythe Everett P'14, '16, Head of School
Here, “family” takes many forms. It’s both a philosophy and a feeling – one that visitors repeatedly say is evident across campus. Intentionally sized to facilitate close connections, our School takes pride in the purposeful planning of academic, extracurricular, residential, and social initiatives that promote open communication, foster meaningful relationships and provide a true sense of belonging. At Marvelwood, students become part of no fewer than ten distinct families: their advisory group, their classes, their dormitory, their grade level, their team, their cast…and their Pterodactyl Spirit Cup House. Each House has its own color, its own song, its own crest, and its own identity. Within 24 hours of their arrival on campus, every new student and staff member is sorted and embraced by their new House families. The House Cup program is a fantastic recipe for “instant family,” linking our school’s past in Cornwall, CT to our Kent home, our alumni to our students, and our students to faculty, staff, and each other. It’s also a manifestation of our tenacious commitment to the belief that connection plays a fundamental role at Marvelwood, fueling each student’s growth, engagement and confidence and setting the stage for a lifetime of success.
My husband and I are immensely grateful for having had the opportunity to raise our family at Marvelwood. My children will tell you that they loved growing up on campus; they were involved in activities here from a young age and had made friends well before they eagerly joined our student body. They benefited from a unique 18-year extended-family experience that gave them an invaluable sense of confidence, perspective, and true belonging to an appreciably diverse global community.
For a small school, Marvelwood boasts a big extended family. Our core values – honesty, respect, responsibility, service to others – were born in the earliest days of the school and link us across generations. All members of our community have shared dreams, weathered challenges, and forged lasting partnerships in pursuit of each student’s growth and happiness. Like family, together we care and tend, applaud, reaffirm, respond, forgive, celebrate, recognize, guide, hope, and love.
Ours is a family like no other, unparalleled in our dedication, unrivaled in our legacy and mission, and fiercely proud of our “forever home.” Join us and experience the magic of Marvelwood School.
Blythe Everett P'14, '16
Head of School