Applying in a COVID Moment
I don’t even know how to begin to convey all of the ways that Solebury means so much to not only my husband and me but especially to our daughter, Cate. As soon as we stepped foot on the Solebury campus we knew that this was the right place for her. She calls teachers by their first names, has extremely small class sizes, and is in a learning environment that is conducive to any learning ability. There are no uniforms, students take an extracurricular activity every semester as well as perform community service, and the dorm environment is a perfect introduction to a college atmosphere. The college prep is second to none, with one on one assistance with writing college essays and a direct line to the Director of College Admissions who begins meeting with Juniors on a regular basis to make sure they are well-guided and on the right path. Our daughter has gotten into a very competitive program at the college of her choice with a tremendous scholarship. Solebury has so many opportunities for both students and parents to get involved. The teachers and administrators are always also very involved in activities outside of the classroom and are cherished by the kids. If you haven’t considered a boarding or day school, visit Solebury. You will change your mind the second your feet hit the campus. We will forever be grateful to this school that has helped our daughter to grow in ways that we never deemed possible.
—Stacey Cole P'20
Solebury has been a godsend for our daughter. She previously attended a range of public and private schools, with mixed experiences all along the way. Solebury has provided her with an accepting, creative, and holistic learning environment, one which nurtures her love for the performing arts and challenges her to grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally. We are so deeply grateful to the teachers, administrators, and all support staff—their care and commitment always goes the extra mile! Solebury is a very special community.
—Michele Rivkin-Fish, Chapel Hill, NC
A Note from Our College Counselor
My name is Tim Gallen, Director of College Counseling here at Solebury School. My work with students encompasses a range of activities, from writing an individual letter of recommendation for each senior (which I further personalize for each college they are applying to), to talking with you as you navigate the process, to arranging for representatives from colleges to visit our campus (we bring about 100 schools to campus), to organizing and supervising all standardized testing for our students (PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP, etc.). Learn more here.
Favorite Classes/academic experiences
My favorite class was hands-down Honors Ethics my sophomore year—it challenged some of my deepest assumptions about the world, revealed the complexities of the moral conflicts in our day-to-day lives, and equipped me with tools to navigate the increasingly unsteady landscape of life and its ethical dilemmas. It has sparked an interest in moral philosophy that I have yet to shake, and ingrained a deeper habit of asking "why is it that way?" Tim '21
I love Zachary Arrington’s English 9 because he really engages the students and presents the work with real passion and enthusiasm. He makes you feel respected and encourages you to feel good about whatever it is we are studying by enhancing the experience. Prior to this year I didn’t love English, but now it’s one of my favorite classes and I owe it all to Zack. He helped me understand that all things have beauty if you look at them from the right angle. Olivia '23
Read more student experiences here.
In this moment, I think we educators have a powerful opportunity to impact the lives of our students, ourselves, and each other by creatively and thoughtful rethinking how and what we teach. Consider this: how can our course curriculums fully represent the diversity of human experiences and perspectives? In this moment, how can we make the Black voice more central? It is not enough to simply include Black voices as I know many of you do…