Open House and 4th Grade
Category : Executive Director
The Hawbridge School is excited to announce the date for this year’s Open House. Open House is a time for prospective students and families to visit Hawbridge and make a more informed decision about their intent to apply for admission for the 2017-2018 school year. This year’s Open House will be held on December 3, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. This coincides with the Saxapahaw Holiday Market. Teachers, students and administrators will be on hand to provide tours, answer questions and promote our wonderful school.
The Hawbridge School is also pleased to announce that we will be adding a 4th grade classroom for the 2017-2018 school year. Currently, Hawbridge serves two classes of 5th grade students. Next year, we reduce those 5th grade sections by one and create space for the addition of a 4th grade classroom. This change will provide our school several benefits. I will highlight two:
- It will enhance our ability to recruit a stable and steady population of students. The 5th grade year is not a time in which students and families are actively seeking to transfer schools. Many families prefer to culminate their elementary school years at the school where they currently attend. The addition of a 4th grade will potentially attract more families to make that transition at an earlier time in their child’s educational life.
- It will allow current Hawbridge families more space in 6th grade to enter siblings, if they so choose. As we all know, 6th grade is a more natural place in which to enroll a student in a new school. Many of our families with multiple children choose to wait until the 6th grade year to enroll. This will allow us to accommodate those families and apply the sibling preference rule more liberally.
I also want to highlight what this addition does not do:
- It will not increase our overall enrollment. Hawbridge currently has 314 students enrolled in grades 5-12. This addition would not significantly change that number due to the fact that we will be reducing the number of students enrolled in 5th grade.
- It does not change our overall student-to-teacher ratio. The 4th and 5th grade class sizes will remain in-line with the class sizes in our middle and high schools.
Essentially, this change is being made to enhance the Hawbridge experience. The addition of a 4th grade allows us to continue to keep our enrollment at a healthy place, both for academic purposes and for financial stability. It also allows us to better serve existing families with younger children that may want to enroll their child and reduce the stress of transportation issues, and again, create more space in 6th grade for the sibling preference rule.
As always, please write or call should you have any questions. We would certainly appreciate you sharing this announcement with friends and neighbors. The best form of advertisement for our school is your good word. The application for the 2017-2018 school year can be found here. We appreciate your support and look forward to serving another year of learners at The Hawbridge School.