Millbrook School Admission Guide
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  1. 1. Millbrook School Admission Guide
  2. 2. Welcome to millbrook, where we invite you to be part of an old tradition. it’s a tradition that asks its students not only to make a grade, but also to make a life — a life of curiosity, integrity, respect, service and environmental stewardship. What does a life like that look like when you’re in high school? like everything you will discover on the following pages. Millbrook School
  3. 3. the opportunity, the privilege, the responsibility, and the adventure of deciding what kind of person you will be and what kind of life you will lead — it’s an old tradition here. the genius of the founder’s vision is that it is more relevant than ever. Millbrook School
  4. 4. What Makes Millbrook, 250 Students 50 teachers every opportunity 6 8 Small by Design The Collective Wisdom of Talented Teachers 14 16 20 Nature Teaches 1st Choice Colleges Daily Life Millbrook School
  5. 5. Millbrook 10 12 An Experience That Integrates Athletic Power Academics, Service, Athletics, Arts and Leadership 18 -34 35-40 The Friends You Make Signature Facilities Boarding School Graduate Outcomes The Teachers You Have Millbrook at a Glance • Daily Life with J’Nelle Agee, Andrew Cochran, Friends Course Offerings • You Know You’re at Millbrook When . . . • Spring on the Quad with Lulu Carter • Hands-On Physics with Mr. Slater and Chris White • Eavesdropping on Mr. Zeiser’s AP English Class • On the Ice with Coach Soja • Three Years Later with Sarah Thaler • Aesthetics with Mr. Hardy • In Macau, China with Jill Ho Shelton Lindsay • At the Stables with Daisy Glazebrook • Model U.N. with Ms. Connell Millbrook School
  6. 6. “ One Of the primary ways a student defines himself Or herself here is nOt by watching, but by dOing. sMall Students try on different roles. they expand their thinking. this is a place where we believe that everybody needs to be involved. So, teachers and coaches here don’t say, ‘Prove to me you’re worthy of my attention.’ they say, ‘engage yourself as fully as you can. Be curious. Participate. Try out. Volunteer.’ only through active and energetic involvement can you discover and expand your talents, abilities and interests. only then can you learn about and shape your personality and character. our size makes such opportunities possible.” Drew Casertano HeaDmaster Millbrook School
  7. 7. by Design 250 Students 50 Teachers Every Opportunity Schoolhouse entryway — up the circular staircase you’ll find classrooms and the Flagler Library. On the ground floor more classes, the deans’ offices and Headmaster Drew Casertano’s office. Mr. Casertano, a graduate of both the Choate School and Amherst College, also holds a master’s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. After serving as director of admission at The Gunnery and at Loomis Chaffee School, he became Millbrook’s headmaster in 1990. One of the headmaster’s traditions is to know every new student’s name by the end of the first week of school or you get a cookie. No one has stumped him yet, but his cookie jar is as open to students as is his office door. “It always meant a lot to me to be ‘known’ when I was a student,” he says. “Knowing someone’s name is the first step toward conversation.” It’s not unusual to see students dropping by for conversations with Mr. Casertano, who has also been a history teacher, a dorm parent, a director of student activities, a football, lacrosse, and hockey coach, and an advisor to dozens and dozens of students. And because he gets to know students so well, he is able to recommend them to colleges and, later, employers. Millbrook School
  8. 8. the ColleCtive WisDoM of talenteD teaChers Millbrook School
  9. 9. “the spirit of Millbrook anD its ultiMate value DepenD essentially on the quality of the faCulty,” is the way our founder, edward Pulling, explained the role teachers play in the value of a millbrook education. our students explain it in their own ways: “Physics is my favorite class. He makes the work appealing and exciting.” “She’s strict, but really appreciates her students’ ideas.” “The class is more like a discussion than a hierarchy where they’re up there and you’re down here. Everyone talks. You learn because you’re completely immersed in what’s going on.” “They make you want to learn and know.” “I learned how to expand.” “English was never my thing, but I love her class. It’s my favorite right now.” “They always want to hear your questions.” “She’s incredibly energetic . . . the class makes you feel alive.” “You can tell that the teachers care about how you do. You can tell they are here to help you succeed.” “They love their subjects. There’s just nothing you can’t ask them about.” “They teach you not to be afraid to speak your mind — and that’s an important thing to learn in high school.” “She pushes you beyond what you think you can do. And then you’ve done it and you can’t believe it.” sMart, gifteD teaChers Whose speCialty is not only history, physiCs, english, art, philosophy, biology, spanish anD Many other DisCiplines, but Whose Calling is to teaCh. You get the one-on-one attention of these talented teachers, but you also get their “collective wisdom.” What does that mean? it means that you’ll know all the teachers at millbrook. And they’ll know you. the faculty as a whole is dedicated to each student’s success. Millbrook School
  10. 10. experienCe an That integrates Academics, Service, Athletics, Arts and Leadership While all great sChools May eMphasize strong academics, arts, athletics, service and leadership, the millbrook difference is the way these experiences connect here. because you don’t stop being a thinker when you get to the athletic field. You don’t stop being an artist when you get to calculus class. And you never stop being a member of the community. We understand this and our program takes advantage of it. it’s what makes the millbrook experience special. it’s what makes a millbrook education effective. 10 Millbrook School
  11. 11. So, you can find yourself taking on questions of leadership, science, aesthetics and service in multiple ways: What are the economics of using compact fluorescent light bulbs campus-wide? How does the new photo exhibition in the school’s Warner Gallery trigger a short story for your English class? The best part is that you also discover your answers in multiple ways: You learn the science behind your textbooks in the school’s marshes and zoo. You understand why serving is also an act of leadership when you wait tables, become a prefect or play on a school team. Your potential is enormous. We want you to leave here a person who can succeed in many situations, a person who carries his or her integrity, self-respect, optimism, energy, resilience, creativity and curiosity into everything he or she does. Millbrook School 11
  12. 12. You want to play your best, you want your teammates to do the same, and you want to win. At the same time, you keep your cool in the sometimes red- hot intensity of the game. You respect your teammates, your opponents, yourself and the game — that’s how you’ll play at Millbrook. It’s a balance of intensity, poise, perspective and talent that the school’s future college athletes as well as novices and fans thrive on. Go, Mustangs! athletiC 1 Millbrook School
  13. 13. Team Sports Fall Spring Boys Soccer Boys Tennis Boys Cross-Country Boys Lacrosse Girls Soccer Boys Baseball Girls Cross-Country Coed Golf Girls Field Hockey Girls Tennis Girls Lacrosse Winter Girls Baseball Boys Ice Hockey Girls Softball Boys Basketball Boys Squash Girls Ice Hockey Girls Basketball Girls Squash While many students choose to play team sports all three terms, electives such as zoo squad, F.L.I.P (Forest Land . Improvement Project), dance, horseback riding, yoga or recreational sports may be selected as alternatives two terms per year. Students poWer may also participate as team managers. Millbrook School 1
  14. 14. Nature Teaches Although some live in an increasingly urban world, at Millbrook you’ll hear red wolves howl in answer to the chapel bell, see the forest at eye-level on the canopy walkway, go pond swimming and ice climbing, and run your cross-country workout on wooded paths bowered with fall leaves all within 90 minutes of New York City. Environmental stewardship is one of our core values, which means we foster an interest in science in every student. So when you graduate you’ll not only understand the physics of a rocket launch and the chemistry of making biodiesel, you’ll have done it. For students interested in pursuing science in college, you will find unparalleled study in the biological and physical sciences “Marsh Mucking” – biology and many opportunities to conduct collaborative and independent students collect specimens for study back in the lab. research. While rural New England is home to many schools, it is Millbrook’s integration of its location into formal and informal aspects of our program that sets the experience apart. Millbrook’s “Natural” Resources • 800+ acre campus with mature • NOAA weather station oak-maple forests • Herbarium • Trevor Zoo • 15,000-specimen • Highley Wetlands Sanctuary Wolcott Egg Collection • Forest canopy walkway • Hundreds of taxidermy • Two research mounts and study skins observatories Our science teachers, many of whom hold advanced degrees including PhDs, directly involve students in real research using all of these resources. The Trevor Zoo offers unparalleled hands-on experience with more than 50 species. 1 Millbrook School
  15. 15. A “Green” Campus Our campus is as environmentally “green” as our quad in spring, which means when your parents visit the Millbrook dining hall they’ll find real coffee mugs rather than paper cups and local fruits and vegetables at the salad bar. You could find yourself exploring environmental questions in a history, math, or art class, then putting these practices into action: as a member of SCAPE (Students Concerned About Planet Earth) or recycling community service, as a participant in Earth Day or simply by being an avid energy conservationist. When the new buildings are built they will incorporate green building design, and when you read this admission guide, you will be turning the pages of recycled paper made by a local wind-generated paper mill. Millbrook’s 800-acre campus is 90 minutes from NYC. Teaching Beyond the Test Our students not only take the AP and the SATII in the sciences, but they do well because they understand the science on these tests, not because our curriculum conforms to the test. You are unlikely to find more rigorous advanced classes than at Millbrook, where our faculty teaches beyond standardized tests using the school’s vast natural resources and primary source materials in addition to textbooks. Students interested in taking AP and SAT II tests receive individual test preparation working one-on-one or in small groups with Millbrook teachers. Hundreds of preserved specimens reside in the biology lab. Here a moose seems to be monitoring a class on dissection. Measuring campus trees as a part of a math project at Millbrook. Millbrook School 1
  16. 16. 1st ChoiCe Colleges Why is it that so Many Millbrook graDuates attend their first choice colleges? the answer is that millbrook gives students abundant practice at two things: 1) Reaching and expanding their potential 2) Recognizing and pursuing what is important to them Because of the size of our community and the size of our classes, teachers have multiple chances to ask students, “What has meaning to you?” This is a different question from, “What do you like?” By the time you begin working with our college counseling team you already have the advantage of the kind of thinking and self-evaluation that is essential to an effective college selection process. You know who you are, what you are capable of and what matters to you. Armed with such knowledge and guided every step of the way by expert counselors, you can make thoughtful choices about colleges. And in our experience thoughtful choices often lead to first choices. 1 Millbrook School
  17. 17. college counseling IV Form (Sophomore Year) To achieve the goals of the college counseling program, into college” at that point and focus on getting the most we begin discussions about character, core values, out of Millbrook. In the winter term students attend weekly goal setting, time management and priorities in the IV small group meetings as well as one-on-one sessions form year. These discussions are aspects of Millbrook’s with the college counselors. In addition, parents attend Human Development curriculum and the foundation of a a special two-day college counseling workshop. By year- good college selection process. If athletics is going to end students should have a good list of colleges they play a role in a student’s admission decisions, guidance want to visit in the summer and following fall. is offered for parents during this year as well. VI Form (Senior Year) V Form (Junior Year) Dozens of college and university admission representa- Students and families receive a college admissions tives visit Millbrook where they conduct mock admission handbook and step-by-step V form and VI form year interviews with students. Students take the SATs and guidelines. The college counseling website notifies ACT and the program of workshops and one-on-one con- families of testing schedules, parent workshops and sultation continues as students prepare their applica- news from the college admissions world that can benefit tions and make final decisions. “College counseling is parents. Students take the PSAT in the fall and have just like any other class,” says Director of College Coun- an initial meeting with college counselors to think about seling Liz Duhoski, “but rather than English or foreign the outcome they want their Millbrook experience to language the student, himself, is the medium. When it’s yield. Then they are advised to forget about “getting a good process the product takes care of itself.” college enrollment Below is a list of some of the colleges and universities at which Millbrook students matriculated between 2001-2005. American University Dartmouth College Mount Holyoke College Trinity College Amherst College Denison University Muhlenberg College Tufts University Antioch College Dickinson University New York University UCLA Auburn University Duke University Northeastern University Union College Bates College Florida Tech Northwestern University University of St. Andrew’s, Binghamton University Fordham University Occidental College Scotland Boston University George Washington University Parsons School of Design University of Connecticut Bowdoin College Gettysburg College Pomona College University of Denver Bucknell University Hamilton College Pratt Institute University of Michigan Cal Tech Haverford College Rensselaer University of Rochester Carleton College Hobart Polytechnic Institute University of Vermont Colby College William Smith College Rochester Institute University of Virginia Colgate University Ithaca College of Technology US Military Academy College of Charleston Johns Hopkins University Savannah College at West Point Colorado College Kenyon College of Art and Design Vanderbilt University Columbia University Lafayette College Skidmore College Villanova University Concordia University Miami University St. Lawrence University Wellesley College Connecticut College Middlebury College Swarthmore College Wheaton College Cornell University MIT Syracuse University Yale University Millbrook School 1
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  19. 19. Who understands life at Millbrook better than a prefect? If the teachers who live in your dorm are like parents, prefects are definitely the older broth- ers and sisters of the dorm family. Elected by the dorm faculty the previous year, these V and VI formers — three to four in each dorm — are known for finding just the right balance between leading and helping. They know what it’s like to be homesick at first. But they also know how soon you’ll find friends and teachers who really “get” you so that here will become as comfortable Andrew Cochran as home. V Former Weekends Hometown: Kenilworth, IL Andrew: “I play three varsity Case Hall Prefect sports so whatever the weather I usually have a game J’Nelle Agee or a meet and then hang out with friends — maybe watch V Former a movie — there’s always something worth doing.” Hometown: East Elmhurst, NY J’Nelle: “Because I live close by I go home about every other Guest House Prefect weekend. I take my Millbrook friends with me, especially international students who may live halfway around the world. When I stay for the weekend, my friends and I go out to eat, shop, study, dance in the studio, see a movie in town, catch up on the latest entertainment gossip and news.” Perfecting Prefecting Why Boarding School? Andrew: “Being a prefect isn’t the Andrew: “Millbrook has given me just connect so easily. My dad passed easiest thing. I’ve taken my cue from the change I was looking for when away two years before I came here. my prefect who was also a good I started thinking about boarding Now his friends are like many fathers buddy. His advice was, ‘Don’t be the school in middle school. I was ready to me. My mom, my “dads” and I guy who’s always putting stuff down, to be more of who I am and that’s made the decision together that but don’t be a pushover either.’ So, happened. When you sit in class- Millbrook was the place for me. I’m that’s what I try to do. You need to rooms with everyone’s desk facing a dancer and I play varsity basketball be someone anyone can talk to.” each other’s, it’s natural that you’re and softball. My whole family comes going to want to get into the conver- to all of my shows and games. One J’Nelle: “Yeah, you’ve got to know sation. Shyness goes away.” thing I’m really glad about is that when a situation calls for discipline going away to boarding school means and when to keep it light and make J’Nelle: “I looked at schools in the city, that I won’t need to get used to everyone laugh.” but right off the bat my mom and I being away from home when I get to fell in love with Millbrook. I liked how college. I’ll be ready when everyone open everyone was, how you can else will be sorting it out.” Millbrook School 1
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  24. 24. Hands-On Physics with Mr. Slater BuILd a STEam-PowErEd EngInE goal: use steam to power a device that will lift as many paper clips as possible. Construct a Robot Arm Map Electrical Fields Goal: Using cardboard, paper clips, string, tape, brass fasten- Goal: Using computer software, create a 3D model of an ers, clothespins and a hanger, create an arm that has electric field surrounding various conductors. an elbow and can lift a Styrofoam cup off the table and move it to another location. Build a Magnetic Levitation Car Goal: Create a vehicle that uses magnets to create a reduced Launch a Bottle Rocket friction environment and is propelled by a motor down a Goal: Create a rocket out of a soda bottle that will fly the track. Fastest car wins! highest in the class. The bottle is filled with water and pumped up with air. When launched they reach heights Create a Light-Seeking Robot of roughly 100 meters. Goal: Incorporate basic electronic principles with a complicat- ed use of semiconductors to make a robot that follows Build an Energy Efficient House a flashlight around a room. Goal: Create a model house that uses basic energy conserva- tion principles (heat, light, water). Students test their houses using computerized probes that allow them to monitor energy patterns inside each model. Millbrook School
  25. 25. “Everyone takes physics at millbrook. It’s not unusual for kids to say it’s their favorite class. we do a lot of hands-on projects so while you’re learning about thermodynamics, you’re also building a steam engine. It’s work that’s fun.” — Chris White, IV Former Chris White IV Former Hometown: New York City, New York Favorite class right now: Physics with Mr. Slater How would your friends describe you? “They’d say you can’t have just one perception of me. That once you get to know me ten different ideas pop into your head about me.” How did you find out about Millbrook? Boys Club of New York Looking forward to: Intersession called Take Me To Your Leader. “It’s about why certain leaders are so effective. The way I see it is you have to have leadership skills if you want anybody to listen to you, if you want to understand someone else’s point of view, or just help people out.” Favorite community service: Taking care of the athletics center Favorite place and time of day on campus: Basketball practice Favorite items from home: “A toy fire truck that reminds me of my little brother; my black panther statue that reminds me of who I am.” Millbrook School
  26. 26. Lauren Foster VI Former Hometown: Pleasant Valley, New York Siblings at Millbrook: “There are actually a lot of brothers and sisters at Millbrook. It’s been great having my sister, Stephanie, here. We’re day students and the drive home is a fun time to rehash the day with someone who knows exactly what you’re talking about. My brother, Matthew, will be a III former here next year. We’re each different, but it’s a great choice for all of us.” Millbrook Highlights: “Independent Biology Project working at the zoo with one blind red panda and one sighted panda. I’m testing sound volume and sense of smell to determine whether the blind panda’s other senses have heightened to compensate for loss of sight. Also, my Spanish Independent Study, which com- bines community service and advanced language study. I translated a pamphlet on the care of newborn babies into Spanish for a local hospital. Playing varsity soccer and tennis; friends who know what they want, are determined to do well and have fun along the way; a community atmosphere where everyone knows your name and who you are.” Plans next year: Freshman at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire Millbrook School
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  29. 29. “I like that classes aren’t busy work here. They’re in- teresting and the teachers are smart and funny.” --Taylor Vit IV Former Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania “what I would say about my teammates is that they are all people who know what it takes to win. They “Boarding school was a big are determined to do bet- change for my brother and ter in everything not just me, but millbrook is one of hockey. They work hard, the most welcoming places and they’re fun to talk to. I’ve ever been. It attracts well- we use all that to our ad- rounded students who are vantage.” good people, good students --Nick Williams and good athletes.” IV Former --Mike Arnold Lutz, Florida V Former Montreal, Quebec, Canada Millbrook School
  30. 30. Sarah Thaler VI Former Hometown: Bronxville, New York Why Millbrook? “Even though I came here for the arts program, I have still been blown away by the experience. Painting was the only thing I used to do. Now, I’ve just finished my senior project, which combines anthropological questions of tribal masks, ritual face painting and body deco- ration; aesthetic questions about ‘beauty’; and the actual making of art using collage, painting and ceramics. There is so much artistic energy and creativity buzzing in the arts program here. I’ve really pushed beyond my original ideas and interests. Plus, the facilities are amazing.” Three Years Later? “I’ve changed completely from when I first got here. I was really, really shy with a little group of friends. But everyone’s so friendly and there is such a mix of students who are not dominated by one interest that it’s a safe place to expand yourself. I became a student leader, peer counselor, yearbook editor, danced in Arts Night. I’ve become an artist and now I’ll be going to college in L.A. on the other side of the country. I don’t think I would have had the drive or organization to do all that if I hadn’t come here.” Plans next year: Freshman at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California as an honors art student, Sarah has her own “studio cubby” in the Holbrook arts Center in which to work and mount her pieces. 0 Millbrook School
  31. 31. Drawing and Painting with Mr. Hardy About Mr. Hardy: B.A., M.A. Studio Arts, San Diego State University; he came to Millbrook in 1990 looking for a school that supported his educational philosophy, found it, and has served as chair of the Arts Department and the Robert Wood Johnson Jr., Instructor in the Arts here ever since. Recently, Mr. Hardy was named to the Kenan Chair for Excellence in Teaching. This thirty-year veteran teacher enjoys being a part of a community “energized by creativity.” What he wouldn’t tell you, but others will, is that he is one of the major creators of that energy. Teaches beginning, advanced, and honors drawing and painting; is the artistic director and set designer/builder for the two student dramatic productions staged each year (and dozens of other arts productions and shows); and is the curator of the Warner Gallery. Mr. Hardy is also an accomplished painter in his own right. His work is displayed in galleries and he has been appointed twice as a Fellow in the Arts at Skidmore College. But what he views as his most important accomplishment is the 2001 completion of the Holbrook Arts Center. “It was a thirty-year-old school dream,” he said, “and I am proud to have been a part of the process — to design and build a permanent, fitting tribute to the arts at a school which honors them as a valid academic partner.” Millbrook School 1
  32. 32. “Jill is just a fun person to be around. Definitely one of those ‘friends for life.’” Shelton Lindsay VI Former Hometown: Rhinebeck, New York Jillian Chui Chui Ho V Former Hometown: Macau, China “Spring break in Macau with Shelton Lindsay, one of my closest friends and favorite venting buddy. He was excited to learn about the Macau culture and the way I live.” Millbrook School
  33. 33. Shelton Lindsay Favorite place to do homework: “The couch in the arts center’s drawing and painting studio. I do my homework there every day.” Favorite “Sport”: “At Millbrook we don’t have to take gym, but everyone has to partici- pate in a sport or activity. The zoo is my sport — working with more than fifty species, seven of them endangered. Most teams have captains but at the zoo we have curators — seven kids who are the students in charge of the zoo. Working at the zoo can be more about speed, strength and hand-eye coordination than you might imagine. I’ve spent countless days sprinting around the turkey pen trying to clean their water bowl as the al- pha turkey tries to attack me. It takes four guys to hold the llama down as someone clips its nails. And catching sugar gliders (more or less flying rats) to tag them is like trying to catch a baseball that bites. Without fail, I spend two hours a day at zoo ‘practice.’ The zoo staff even made me a varsity letter.” Often found at: “Dr. Roberts’ house. She’s my biology teacher and my advisor. At least once a week I’m there, baking cookies and talking about science.” Millbrook Highlight: “Going to Tibet for six weeks on my Founders’ Prize service project” Plans next year: Freshman at St. Andrew’s in Edinburgh, Scotland. Shelton, Dr. Roberts and Lauren Foster study one of the zoo’s red pandas. Jillian Chui Chui Ho Prefers to be called: Jill Favorite Subjects: Ceramics, pre-calc, astronomy Most unusual community service: Volunteer interviewer for new faculty Favorite time of day at Millbrook: “Talking around the dinner table. People get up, new people sit down and the conversation continues.” Favorite place: “Ceramics studio — I’ve wanted to soak up everything Millbrook has to offer. Ceramics has been a great surprise. It amazes me that you can create something out of a ball of dirt and water.” About Millbrook people: “The most interesting I’ve ever met.” How has Millbrook changed you? “I’m more courageous. I’ve gotten over any stage fright. Now I can stand up in front of the entire community and present my ideas.” Millbrook School
  34. 34. IV Former Favorite Class: “I’d have to say history. We Daisy Glazebrook Hometown: Winter Park, Florida use a lot of primary sources rather than a textbook. I’ve always tended towards humanities subjects, but geometry has really surprised me this year. I’m enjoying it quite a bit too because Mr. Mitchell makes it interesting.” Why Millbrook? “My dad went here so I grew up hearing countless Millbrook stories. I decided then that I wanted to come here.” Who on this campus truly understands you? “My friends and my advisor, Dr. Roberts. She talks to both me and my mom a lot. Ms. Connell knows me well too. She’s my dorm parent and Model U.N. advisor. Presenting at Model U.N. has been a pretty transforming experience — it has boosted my confidence a lot.” What would Dr. Roberts or Ms. Connell say about you? “That I’m pretty driven. I want to do well and learn a lot. I also want to have a life with time to be with my friends and hang out.” Service, Clubs, Activities, Sports: Student tutor, S.C.A.P (Students Concerned About .E. Planet Earth), guitar lessons, admission tour guide, Model U.N., zoo, yearbook, squash, riding and photography. “I’m never bored.” millbrook has stable space for three horses and hun- dreds of miles of riding trails surrounding the campus. Various equestrian centers are nearby and many riders take advantage of these facilities. Each provides horses, instruction and indoor riding to the students at an additional cost. Model U.N. with Ms. Connell Recently back from a Model U.N. conference held at the United Nations in New York City, Ms. Connell and her students regularly wrestle with the world’s problems. “I think Millbrook’s innovation lies in its emphasis on character. We don’t just care about achievement, but the way you get there. Teachers and students are in a constant dialog about it. That kind of dialog is how our Model U.N. program started. Is world peace possible? It’s an intellectual conversation as well as an ethical conversation.” About Ms. Connell: B.A. Amherst College; teaches U.S. History and philosophy; advises Model U.N.; coaches Varsity “Improv,” and facilitates the Human Development curriculum; tries to travel abroad every spring break. As an American Studies major at Amherst with a concentration in law, jurisprudence, and social thought, Ms. Connell wrote her thesis on Urban Planning and “New Urbanism.” Millbrook School
  35. 35. Signature faCilities trevor Zoo: A one-of-a-kind living laboratory Trevor Zoo serves as a center for student research, for the captive breeding of endangered species and for the recovery of sick and injured native animals. Millbrook School is the only independent school in the country with such a facility and has become a leader in conservation education. Students and fac- ulty from all disciplines view the Trevor Zoo as an ac- ademic resource much like a library; many classes convene and study here, making this unique facility a consistent part of the school’s overall curriculum. Under the tutelage of five full-time zoo faculty mem- bers, students interested in the sciences will find the zoo, which houses more than 150 animals rep- resenting fifty different species, seven of which are endangered, an extraordinary hands-on experience with wildlife. The six-acre zoo has extensive outdoor exhibits, a tropical building, an infirmary, a holding barn for hoofstock, and an endangered species breeding pro- gram under the guidance of Species Survival Plans. The zoo’s education building also features a wildlife interpretive/environmental center for the approxi- mately 20,000 visitors the zoo hosts annually. A first-rate facility in its own right, the Trevor Zoo is ac- credited by AZA (American Zoo and Aquarium Asso- ciation) and, therefore, held to the same standards as fellow AZA members such as the San Diego Zoo and the Bronx Zoo. Because fewer than 10 percent of the 2,200 zoos and aquariums currently operat- ing in North America have met the standards for ac- creditation, Millbrook School’s Trevor Zoo can boast an unparalleled living laboratory for science at the secondary school level. Visit the zoo’s website for up-to-the-minute information at www. trevorzoo.org. Pondside of the Trevor Zoo Education Building. Millbrook School
  36. 36. Holbrook Arts Center Graceful warm ups in the Students enjoy one of the many performances Murray Dance Studio in the Chelsea Morrison Theater. Holbrook Arts center Completed in the winter of 2001, this $8.5 million, 34,000 square foot center for the arts provides the school’s exceptional arts faculty with just the right spaces for working with students. It’s no wonder that 80 percent of Millbrook’s students takes an arts course each term, from offerings such as dance, choreography, beginning and advanced drawing and painting, ceramics, and photography, to Advanced Music Theory and Composition as well as Plays in Production. The center includes: • Chelsea Morrison Theater (325 seats) • Warner Art Gallery • Menken Performing Arts Wing • Murray Photography Suite with darkroom complex • Music suite including recital/lecture hall and practice rooms • Several classrooms and studios (two-dimensional, dance, ceramics) The arts department presents three to four plays each year — a dramatic production in the fall, followed by a series of one-acts in the winter, and a musical in the spring. Students also perform in approximately six Arts Nights (usually two per term), which are evenings of dance, music and acting. Regular student and faculty exhibitions, together with noted visiting artists programs from outside our school community, round out this rich and stimulating program. Millbrook School
  37. 37. mills Athletic center Facilities A focal point of student life on campus, this Millbrook’s athletics resources also include: $9 million, 86,000 square foot center houses: • Eight athletic fields • A training complex and fitness center • A 3.2-mile cross-country trail • An interscholastic basketball court • Hundreds of miles of hiking and horseback riding trails in the Wray Gymnasium • Access to several large nearby equestrian centers • Reese Squash Courts (four international) • On-campus barn with five stalls and two paddocks • Bontecou Hockey Rink (convertible to four • Golf team seasonal access to daily weekday play at nearby indoor tennis courts off season) Millbrook Golf and Tennis Club • Three squash courts in addition to those in Mills (total of 7) the Flagler library Housing a collection of over 18,000 volumes, the library’s holdings include several special collections, 1,400 reference works, over 90 magazine subscriptions and more than 600 videos. Designed on an intimate scale with its fireplace and “living room” sensibility, Flagler’s resource depth can be deceiving. Millbrook students have access to several electronic databases and the library is an inter-library loan member of both the Dutchess County BOCES and the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council. These associa- tions provide Millbrook students and faculty with the opportunity to borrow from some of the largest libraries in the world, including the New York State Public Library System, New York State University libraries and several The Flagler Library is always a quiet, yet bustling, center of academic activity. local colleges. Millbrook School
  38. 38. Boarding School graDuate in cooperation with other boarding schools across the country, millbrook took part in a recent College Advantage comprehensive national study of boarding school, 87% of boarding school graduates reported being very well prepared private day, and public high school graduates. academically for college as opposed to commissioned by the Association of boarding 71% of private day and 39% of public school alumni. Schools, the study contacted over 2,700 high school students and adults at different points in their lives, 100 ng di ar and interviewed them about their experiences in Bo high school and their lives since. 75 y Da e at iv Pr 50 ACADEMIC The Company You Keep ic bl Pu NON-ACADEMIC 90% report having high quality teachers compared to 51% of public school students 25 and 62% of private day students. 0 100 PERCENT OF BOARDING SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO REPORT BEING WELL PREPARED FOR COLLEGE ACADEMICALLY AND NON-ACADEMICALLY. 80 90% 60 62% Career Advancement 51% PRIVATE DAY 40 BOARDING 60 By mid-career, 44% PUBLIC 20 of former boarders achieve positions in top 50 management compared 0 TOP MANAGEMENT PERCENT OF STUDENTS WHO REPORT HAVING HIGH QUALITY TEACHERS. to 27% of private day 40 and 33% of public school graduates. 75% of boarding school students report being surrounded by By late-career, 52% of former boarders 30 20 achieve positions in motivated peers, compared to 71% of top management as private day and 49% of public school opposed to 39% of 10 students. private day and 27% of public school graduates. 0 BOARDING Millbrook School
  39. 39. outCoMes millbrook at a GlanCe Headmaster: Drew Casertano B.a. amherst College Ed.m. Harvard university appointed 1990 78% of boarding school gradu- President of the new York State association of Independent Schools ates said that they were very well Location: prepared for the non-academic* 800-acre campus outside the village of Millbrook (Dutchess aspects of college life such as in- dependence, social life, and time County) management as opposed to 36% 90 minutes from new York City of private day and 23% of public Core Values: school students. Curiosity, respect, integrity, environmental stewardship, service * non-academic means aspects of college Students: life such as independence, social life 250 Boarding and Day (80 percent boarding and 20 percent day) and time management. The current millbrook student body represents 16 states and 7 foreign countries; 47 current students have followed a brother or sister to millbrook; 60 current students have a relative (mom, dad, steppar- ent, grandparent, cousin, uncle or aunt) who attended millbrook. Faculty: 50 faculty members, almost all of whom live on campus 45 percent hold advanced degrees all faculty members serve as advisors, have community service responsibilities, are coaches and advisors to students and/or student activities. Academics: Rigorous college preparatory education Average class size: 14 Advanced Placement and Honors courses Independent studies and study abroad opportunities Exceptional science, art and service-learning opportunities Culminating experience for seniors MID CAREER LATE CAREER Residential Life Student Life: Seven dormitories ranging from 23 to 44 students each with four dorm faculty and two to four student prefects assigned to each. Performance groups including: Millbrook Singers, Millbrook Dancers, choreography group, Jazz Ensemble, several rock bands, Instrumental Ensemble, Improv Theater Group and Acting Class Performers. 11 Interscholastic sports 48 student activities and service groups Admission: Applicants accepted for entry into III, IV and V form (grades 9, PUBLIC PRIVATE DAY 10 and 11) PERCENT OF FORMER BOARDERS WHO ACHIEVE POSITIONS IN TOP MANAGEMENT BY MID AND LATE CAREER Millbrook School
  40. 40. Design: Turnaround Marketing Communications Text: Andrea Jarrell Principal photography: Michael Branscom, Sven Martson, Len Rubenstein Other photography: Jacques Charlas, Thomas M. Honan, Tom Kates Photography Millbrook School adheres to a long-standing policy of admitting students of any race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid program, or other school-administered programs. 0 Millbrook School

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