The previous post considered the student population in three dimensions that are key to the Proctor experience: the whole, the individual, and the small group. Now let's take a statistical look at that population. Who are we?
Well, we're comprised of 358 students from twenty-five states and thirteen countries.
We are 278 boarding and 80 day students. We have 64 ninth graders, 90 sophomores, 107 juniors and 97 seniors. Having more juniors than seniors is a strong, enviable position, because we can anticipate replacing a manageable number of graduating seniors--thereby elevating selectivity--and possibly allow the size of the Class of 2015 (current juniors) to stay flat as we experience any attrition.
Speaking of attrition, we are fortunate to have an extremely low number of students who leave Proctor over the course of a year (by industry standards), and "voluntary student withdrawal" is very rare.
One hundred and two students (28.5%) are part of the extended Proctor family, including 30 "legacies," of which 24 are children of Proctor alumni. Seventy-two current students have or have had a sibling attend Proctor! Twenty-four members of the faculty and staff are Proctor alumni.
At a recent faculty meeting, acting Director of Admission Christina Dotchin spoke of a newly enrolled student as an example of a trend. This kid comes to us from one of the finest high schools in Massachusetts, where he was cruising along, getting Bs and Cs. Instead of continuing on that track, he opted to repeat the sophomore year at Proctor and have a fresh start, studying U.S. history, precalculus, honors chemistry, Spanish 2 and American lit. His family chose to enroll him in Learning Skills not because of learning differences, but as an insurance package. He expesses a desire to "expand my identity," by delving into new interests: natural sciences, mountain biking, ceramics, photography, community service, hockey, digital media and math electives. He wants to study in Spain and go on Ocean Classroom.
We enroll 80 day students, 39 from Andover and 41 from outside Andover.
In woodshop, Cortland--a natural entrepreneur--is manufacturing wooden lacrosse sticks.
Andrew has selected plans for a sailboat he will build over the next year.
Proctor has gone iPad. That doesn't eliminate the need for a graphite pencil!
This is what sophomores look like. Two of them are spending fall term at the Forest Cloud School in Monteverde, Costa Rica.
Dog hats. (And a new dormitory under construction.)
I did not take this photo. They grabbed my camera and took a "selfie."