At HOP, I expected that small class sizes, dedicated teachers, and no kids that were distracting the other students by acting out, would mean more class participation time for Tara, and a better and faster learning. Tara loves to learn, so I thought these benefits would be worth the cost. What I failed to appreciate is the enthusiasm that a really motivated teacher can bring to a classroom, when that teacher himself/herself is passionate about a subject and inspiring to the kids. It is really great to see children rising to the challenge and embracing subjects that their teachers love. In addition, surrounding Tara with motivated kids of the caliber of HOP kids has spurred her on to new and exciting initiatives. She would not have considered a place like SEGL (a semester away program in Washington, DC) if she were not in an environment where her peers were always looking for new challenges and opportunities, and this approach will have benefits for her for the rest of her life.
- Excerpt from note to former Head of School, Barbara Riley, from current parent, Michael Maloney, P' Tara ’17, Craigin ’21, and Sawyer '21