With the current school year in its final sprint and planning for 2021-2022 already underway, we checked in with students who are new to Crane this year to ask about their experience.
Clearly, the admission office can paint a picture for new families about a Crane education, Staffulty can give advice to new students about what makes for a successful scholar in their class, but the students who experience Crane firsthand are the best equipped to convey what it’s like to be new at Crane.
Please note that we approached Lower School and Upper School students individually with no advance warning at the end of their lunch period and immediately before recess - arguably students’ favorite time of the day. Despite interrupting their free time, their excitement to give feedback, their genuine responses, and the ease at which they spoke about their experiences was positively reassuring and telling.
What have you enjoyed in your first year at Crane School?
Thoughts from Lower School Students:
“Science two days a week! At my old school we only had science class once a month. Math in the morning helps get me started. And making new friends.”
“Crane supports a lot of people. Everyone is positive and the people here are caring.”
“I REALLY enjoy my Specials teachers and the fields. At recess there are lots of options.”
Thoughts from Upper School Students:
“Crane is centered around community. It is more hands-on and there is more interaction during a class between students...so it’s fun!”
“Crane is very big compared to my old school. I have lots of friends here and people from different countries, including me! I get to teach others facts about my country. And it is a short ride from home so I get to ride my bike.”
“Teachers know you better here. It’s less scary in a small school.”
“Teachers try to build great relationships with you and that’s helpful with school work. You always have someone to go to with questions.”
“Crane’s host families made it easy to meet people before school even started!”
What piece of advice would you give to a new student joining Crane next year?
Advice from Lower School Students:
“It might seem hard at first, but it gets easier. And don’t be scared by the schedule.”
“Know that everyone is welcome.”
“Be who you are.”
“You can easily, easily make friends.”
Advice from Upper School Students:
“Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask where things are.”
“Come prepared to make friends.”
“Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, reach out, and actually talk to people.”
One mini interview with a new student led to a small gathering of eighth graders. So we asked, “Do you have anything else to add?”
Their response, “We LOVE Crane!”
In conclusion, we couldn’t have said it better.