Few things in the world match the energy of an opening day at School. A sea of orange and blue, a cluster of giggling children, a fist bump from a favorite teacher. Small moments gathered together to create a collective spirit of excitement as we welcomed over 1,200 new and returning students to our campuses.
On the Lower School campus, the original school bell rang at 8:10 a.m. to signal the official start of our 63rd school year. Middle School students gathered in the Barker Center for their first assembly, and at the Upper School, hundreds of high school students “clapped in” the Class of 2023 for the start of their senior year.
“A summer spent refining curriculum, improving facilities, and engaging in professional development opportunities has prepared us to open this year with unbridled optimism,” said Head of School Dave Faus, who is beginning his third year at the helm of TBS.
The Benjamin School had a record number of applicants for this school year, and we are excited to welcome a talented and diverse group of students. Director of Enrollment Amy Jablonski said, “New students this year hail from twelve different states and six different countries, including The Netherlands, Switzerland, China, and Canada.” The School offered various opportunities for new families to come to campus and meet one another, including the annual Boo Hoo Breakfast (for those sad to drop their youngest Bucs off in the early childhood program) and the Yahoo Breakfast (for 9th-grade parents who are happy to see their children taking flight).
In addition to the many new families, some familiar faces have also returned. Over 100 current students are the children of TBS alumni. “It’s such a special experience to have my children attend Benjamin,” said alumna Jessy Padon 01. “For decades, I have dreamed that my kids would sit in the Peltz Building and learn greek myths from Mrs. Hogan. I was elated when my daughter Hazel came home from her first day of 5th grade to tell me about her first class with Mrs. Hogan.”
The new school year creates opportunities for academic challenge and achievement, and our community of educators stands prepared to help and support our students along the way. “I’m looking forward to building on our past successes and seeing the new directions students will take this school year,” Faus said. “Guided by our 12 Values, I know our students will go on to achieve things beyond their expectations. Go Benjamin… then go anywhere!”