Faced with unique challenges, the Office of Admissions gets creative welcoming new families to SBS.
The Office of Admissions team returned from spring break challenged with adjusting to a whole new way of doing business due to COVID-19. With campus closed and face-to-face meetings suspended for the foreseeable future, the team made quick adjustments and sprang into action.
“We immediately began calling families just to check-in and see how they were doing. We wanted each one to know we were praying for them and we were available for their family. Asking about their admissions decision was not our first priority,” shared Director of Admissions Andrea Prothro.
This fall, Second Baptist School will welcome more than 100 new students and their families. The Office of Admissions has been providing unique opportunities for students and families to transition to SBS. From a Zoom meeting hosted by our Head of School Don Davis to our coaches and staff delivering yard signs to their homes, new families are being welcomed to the #SBSfamily in creative ways during this quarantine. Arts and athletics also hosted a call to share about co-curricular involvement in middle and upper schools. Joined by our newly announced SBS Prefects and Fellows who eagerly shared their own experiences, our newest students were encouraged to get involved as soon as school starts in August.
“Without the opportunity to connect in person, we have had to be creative,” said Prothro. “We want new students and families to feel a part of our community as soon as possible.” New families have participated in Family Game Night as well as our Weekly Prayer Service. One new parent shared, “We 'attended' the recent all school prayer service, and it was lovely!”
Last week, school levels hosted a zoom call for students and parents to get ready for the fall semester. While learning about health requirements and textbooks is important, connecting students and parents to leadership teams at each level was the goal. One parent commented, “Thank you so much for hosting the Zoom call this evening. I enjoyed hearing everyone speak, felt at peace that this is exactly where our daughter belongs. I wanted you to know what a blessing it was for me. We are very excited for her to be an Eagle!”
Current families are an integral part of welcoming new families to the SBS community. If you want to know more about becoming a part of the Welcome Teams that help transition new families to SBS, please contact Director of Admissions Andrea Prothro.