For the 2023–2024 academic year, Morrow House is enriching the student learning environment with a full year of instruction from two learning specialists for fifth and sixth graders and implementing honors enrichment electives for seventh and eighth graders. All students can develop their voice and agency in student government, student-led clubs and activities, and Leadership Lab. Assembly and advisory build relationships between students and teachers, and help to create a community within Morrow House.
Our campus and facilities are an essential platform for our faculty and administration to bring their academic vision to life for our students. Our campus and facility strategy remains focused on two key elements: It is driven by the school’s needs as defined by our strategic plan, as well as the continual maintenance and modernization of our campus while being true to its original design.
In Little School for the 2023-2024 academic year, we have focused on strengthening our Student Success Team and bringing in more learning specialists to accelerate students across each grade level in both math and literacy. Our new Family Visiting Days were a success and showed families the connection to what students learn in Little School and how it continues through Morrow House and beyond. In addition, we have continued to instill the 4 C’s with our Apple Bake Sale, a PE social-emotional learning class, and our weekly divisional assembly. We are continuing our commitment to growth in literacy, piloting a new social social studies program, collaborating with our gardening faculty to create new programs aligned with environmental and sustainability efforts, and so much more.
More than 85% of the school’s annual expenses support educational programs in the form of faculty and staff salaries, benefits, program and instructional materials, and financial aid. The school’s physical plant, technology services, general administrative support, and capital improvements account for the remaining 15%.
For the 2023–2024 academic year, 86 new students enrolled — making our start-of-the-year enrollment 387 students. Interest in EMS from prospective families has been strong, and since the start of school, eight new students have enrolled. Our current enrollment is 395.
The Elisabeth Morrow School’s initiatives around community life, equity, and belonging (CLEB) focus on designing equity, access, and liberation for the entire community; enriching student experiences that help them to understand, value, and benefit from the diversity of our community and beyond; navigating diversity, equity, and belonging conversations, and integrating anti-bias standards in our faculty-staff professional development.
The communications and marketing team has completed a number of projects, including identifying and refining a consistent message to prospective families that aligns the school’s distinctive strengths with their priorities, continuing our magazine and newsletter, enhancing myEMS, and creating a website for new families.
Enhancements and upgrades in Chilton House for the 2023-2024 academic year include the addition of a brand new kindergarten classroom, a new music room, six new faculty members, formal implementation of the Fundations literacy program for kindergarten, expansion of our El Estudio program, the continuation of Seedlings and our Partnership Series. We are pleased to be offering multiple opportunities over the course of the year for families to join their children on campus for authentic learning experiences.
The goal of Auxiliary Programs is to provide families with quality enrichment programs while extending the school hours to accommodate families’ schedules. These programs also help children to grow and develop knowledge, skills, and interests.
The main goal of the advancement office is to help build a strong and engaged community while fundraising to meet the needs of the school. Through increased visibility, engagement, and collaboration, the team is committed to building a culture of philanthropy to support so many exciting endeavors at EMS.