It was a beautiful, cool day in the fall of '64 when my parents and I made the drive up from the city to visit Forman for the first time. I had no idea what I was heading into and I was a bit apprehensive. But the apprehension melted away when I saw the Forman Green for the first time. Walking to and from classes were kids...just like me...smiling, laughing, and just being ...well, kids.
That memory became the first of a long string of great memories of my alma mater and my home, Forman School. I spent the next few years after that day learning, growing, and solidifying relationships that even today are the backbone of my existence. This all happened because my parents took a chance on me flourishing in an unknown setting--a family decision which changed my life.
Fast forward 50 something years to today and I am back home where it all started. Thomas Wolfe famously said, "You can't go home again", but for me he was wrong. While I didn't come home to the exact place I left in 1967, I did come back to a place that has not only maintained the mission of its founders but elevated it to amazing new levels. Forman was then and is--even more so now--a place where kids who learn differently thrive in small classes with engaging teachers who help them to achieve as never before. A Forman welcome is a welcome home.
As you continue to come to a decision about where to go to school next year, it is our hope that you make time to visit our campus during one of our
Open House dates
this year. Whether you are driving from NYC as my family was, or from Westchester, Darien, or even out of state, please consider making that journey. Much has changed physically these last fifty years: we have opened an amazing new Arts Center, added a Student Center, and a state-of-the-art Ingenuity Lab. But at the heart of it all remains the Green, still with those smiling kids coming to and from classes, just being kids. Please take the time to
and to visit. It may be for you just as life-changing an opportunity as it was for me.