Preparing Boys for Life.

Ninth graders welcomed during transitional Bridge Program

The Haverford School hosts a Bridge Program annually for ninth grade students who are new to Haverford and one of its sister schools, The Agnes Irwin School. Students have a chance to get to know each other, to experience the community, and to engage in meaningful activities with faculty.
 
“The Bridge Program introduces new Haverford School students to the core values of the Upper School,” said Dean of Students Mark Fifer. “Bridge introduces students to faculty members who play an integral role in their transition, and also provides an orientation to Haverford’s signature programs and value systems, including the Honor Code, Clubs Program, and Principles of Community. We seek to develop connections between students that carry them through the beginning of the year and are sustained throughout their time at Haverford.”
 
Students participate in several small and large group activities – from engineering challenges and creative writing games to drama and improv activities – that emphasize problem solving and collaboration. More than 75 students from Haverford and Agnes Irwin participated in the program.

Bridge is a perfect opportunity for me to get to know the boys I'll be teaching and interacting with next year. Too, being introduced to Haverford's principles and expectations, and forming early relationships with classmates and faculty, helps students enter the school year confidently and ready to make the most of their experience. Darren Hengst, theater department chair

“The camp let me get used to the School, and it helped me learn where everything is on campus, make new friends, and meet some of my teachers,” said incoming III Former Gavin Wright. “Coming from my old school to Haverford is a whole new way of thinking, and a whole new way of teaching, and it was helpful to learn about Haverford before the school year starts.”

Faculty also benefit from the experience, forming critical connections with students. 
 
“Bridge is a perfect opportunity for me to get to know the boys I'll be teaching and interacting with next year,” said theater department chair Darren Hengst. “Too, being introduced to Haverford's principles and expectations, and forming early relationships with classmates and faculty, helps students enter the school year confidently and ready to make the most of their experience.”

Photo Credit: Sarah Leonard, Agnes Irwin