What Parents Have to Say
Denise & Ron Guntert P'19
Making the decision to send our son, Anthony, to Marvelwood was by far the best decision that we have ever made regarding his education. Anthony loves the school! The first thing he mentioned about the school when he started was how many friends he made and how welcoming everyone was. As a parent, it has been wonderful to see his happiness and growth. The teachers, support staff, and the School are so invested in the kids that it really makes a difference. We will forever be grateful for the experience and the quality of education that Anthony has received at Marvelwood!
Anthony was the recipient of several awards at Prize Day in 2018, including Excellence in Photography. He is an active member of The Marvelwood Players, which performed 'Hamlet in the Star Wars Universe' in November 2017.
Virginia Cameron P'17, '18
We could not have asked for a more supportive environment for our daughters. Our younger daughter, Belle, is very shy, and struggled with making friends in public school. She was uncomfortable speaking up in class, which her teachers saw as not participating and was reflected in her grades. Her academic confidence was very low. Once she started at Marvelwood, things changed dramatically; she made friends and was elected to the student council as a sophomore. For the first time in several years, she actually started raising her hand and participating in class. In her senior year, Belle was selected to be a delegate to the Round Square International Conference in South Africa, and participated in the Panama Trip. Our older daughter, Sarah, was enrolled in AP US History and Calculus, and represented Marvelwood at the Yale Model United Nations. They both enjoyed participating in the Princess Tea Party fundraiser. Our daughters are very different, but both girls were appropriately challenged and engaged, and thrived at Marvelwood. Sarah '17 (bottom) at the Princess Tea Party, is a junior at UMass Amherst, and Belle '18 (top) at the Cocobolo Nature Reserve in Panama, is in her first year at Florida Southern University.
Frank Moore P'14
Andrew blossomed at Marvelwood; he become a wonderful student, proud of his achievements, and most capable. He grew from needing daily assistance in the strategies program to an honor student taking AP US history and Honors Chemistry and Math last year and 3 AP classes this his senior year… There is no doubt in my mind that Marvelwood is the reason. It is a very special place where the teachers and staff care deeply about the children, and foster a relationship that helps them grow into the students and leaders they can and should be.
Andrew was a Dorm Prefect, captain of the Ultimate Frisbee and Wrestling teams. None of that would have happened in the public schools. Thanks in no small part to Marvelwood, he was prepared for college, and had some excellent choices (Lafayette and Lehigh to name a couple). We never would have imagined his growth would have led him so far.
Andrew graduated from Clarkson University in May, 2018 with a degree in business and entrepreneurship. While at Clarkson, Andrew was captain of the Ultimate Frisbee club team.
Silloo Peters-Marshall P’20
Amelia’s wings are no longer clipped. We are so grateful for Marvelwood School’s faculty and students’ acceptance and appreciation of the individual’s special gifts, talents and intelligence that my daughter, Amelia, for once is able to spread her wings and show all that she can be. Marvelwood’s warm, friendly, and nurturing environment has allowed her to dare to explore beyond our wildest dreams. The shy, reserved Amelia is no longer, and she looks forward to singing in the monthly ‘Music on the Mountain’. She has the audacity to get up on stage and act in a play, has a ‘friend group’, and actually has fun and relishes every school day. She amazes us often as she gracefully soars to new heights. We look forward with great anticipation to the next two years as Amelia’s potential comes to fruition at The Marvelwood School. Thank you, Marvelwood, from the bottom of our hearts for all the magic you do for our teenagers.
Amelia was a Delegate to the Round Square Big Build Project in Ecuador in July 2018.
Jacque Connor P '12
We are Americans who have been living in Hong Kong for 23 years. We raised three son's in Hong Kong, but when our eldest was in the 6th grade, it became apparent that the International school he was in would not be able to continue giving him the academic support he needed to be successful. Will attended the Hillside School, a junior boarding school in Massachusetts, which was a hugely positive experience for him.
Will is challenged academically so the schools we choose to consider after Hillside were very specific: only small schools with a high degree of support. We looked at a few great little schools. but once we visited Marvelwood, our son wanted to look no further. At that time I wasn't sure why, but he said as we walked to the car, "This is it...I want to go to school here". Thankfully we went with his gut feeling, as it turned out to be the best 3 years of Will's life thus far. Not only did Will get the best academic support we could have asked for, but he found a second home.
Our boys have all ended up attending boarding school is the United States, as well as Switzerland, and I can say with all honesty that the faculty and staff at Marvelwood are the most caring and loving group of people I have yet to run across. I NEVER felt like I was out of touch with what was going on with Will; someone was always dropping us a note or sending a photo. Will was also able to form some of the best friendships he has ever had. Even while at Curry College in Massachusetts, he communicated regularly with several of his Marvelwood friends, many of whom are faculty members. Will even keeps in contact with the headmaster Art Goodearl! (one of the BEST headmasters in the business by the way, and we've known more than a few!). I know this is one of the biggest decisions that a family will make, and experiences can vary depending on the student, but I have no worries recommending Marvelwood.
Will graduated from Curry College and now works at Hillside School.