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2020-2021 Annual Report | Letter from the Chair of the Board

As I write this annual report, my third as the Chair of the Board of Trustees, I reflect on the many challenges of the past year for the school, for families, and for the world. Solebury School has navigated the Covid pandemic with skill, hard work, and creativity and, as a result, we find the school in a healthy, vibrant, and growing state at the start of the 2021-2022 school year. The campus looks beautiful, the students are enthusiastic and engaged, and the staff and faculty are embracing the opportunities of face-to-face teaching once again. This provides a wonderful backdrop to my comments.

The Solebury School faculty and staff, ably led by our Head of School Tom, rose splendidly to the challenges presented by the pandemic. Teaching both remotely and with variable in-person attendance throughout the 2020-21 school year, Solebury continued to provide not only a first-rate education but also a myriad of opportunities for the students to meet, interact, create art and music, develop skills, and have a rich and rewarding year. The college placements this year reflect this achievement, with our students gaining more acceptances than ever at competitive schools.

This has culminated in the best new enrollment ever for the school. Currently, we have 242 students enrolled in our four years of high school, and we are well on the path to our strategic goal of growing our boarding community, with nearly 100 boarding students enrolled for this year. Our strategic plan, approved by the Board in 2016, has seven goals including growing our enrollment to 300 by 2030. Given the challenges of discontinuing our Middle School program three years ago, and reduced international applications for the 2021-22 school year as we emerge from the pandemic, our achievements are rather impressive.  

Solebury School is entering a new phase in its long and storied life, and I am really excited to be part of this next chapter. As you will see detailed in this report, the support we receive from our engaged community is impressive and I thank all of you for your efforts on Solebury’s behalf.

As always, I must recognize my fellow Board members for their commitment to the school. This past year, in particular, has seen a heavy workload on many of our committees involved in the planning and execution of the first stage of our master plan. The years ahead are bright ones for Solebury.

I conclude on a personal note, in August we celebrated the start of another chapter for my Solebury alumni son, Chris ’11, who married his wonderful life partner, Jess, in a beautiful outdoor ceremony in Maine. I am always interested in receiving your comments and ideas, so please feel free to contact me at ewavle@solebury.org. Please enjoy this report and thank you for your ongoing commitment to our school.

Liz Tallett Wavle P'11
Chair of the Board
 

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