Virtual Haverford is a distance learning school developed in response to the challenges presented by COVID-19. It is our pledge to fulfilling our mission as a school dedicated to the development of young men.
Virtual Haverford works hard to engage our boys daily through classes and advisory, including core instruction as well as library, physical education, art, and music. Every day, we provide a platform for the boys to see and interact with each other and with their teachers, forging positive and healthy relationships. Our teachers continue their mentorship, guiding boys through various stages of intellectual, social-emotional, and physical development.
Virtual Haverford has been an extremely positive experience for my three sons during these unprecedented times. My boys still feel connected to their peers every day, which is so important, and they are fully challenged and supported by their teachers. It’s amazing to see how quickly and efficiently our school rallied together to create a brand new virtual world that keeps our boys home safe yet still inspired to continue to learn and grow the Haverford way. Deb, Lower and Middle School Parent
Kindergarten students are continuing their work with Super Kids, a structured literacy program based in the science of reading.
Read more about this approach in this Philadelphia Inquirer Opinion piece by Head of Lower School Dr. Pam Greenblatt or get a glimpse inside a class with Main Line Parent.
Lower School brothers gather in their uniforms for the start of school. Haverford's Principles of Community remain in place, to continue to reinforce the School's core virtues and behavioral expectations.
Jackie and Jim, Lower School Parents
A heartfelt thank you for all the tremendous work the faculty and staff have done to pivot to distance learning during these unprecedented times. As an educational professional, I am literally blown away by the dedication and compassion of all the faculty. All three of our boys' teachers have gone significantly above and beyond. Dr. Greenblatt and Nichole Pugliese have done a tremendous job moving the Lower School to distance learning; it is more difficult to capture these kid's attention than older students. We thank you for your leadership and are so proud to be part of the Haverford family during these uncertain times.
As part of their drawing practice, sixth grade art students received a sketchbook and a page of drawing prompt labels. One student selected "team sports."
I am beyond grateful for such a dedicated and selfless group of teachers. It’s difficult to be a good teacher in the easy times of regular classes. I can not even imagine what these teachers are trying to deal with as well as creating an uncharted learning system for our boys. Beyond grateful! Kathleen, Middle School Parent
Senior Chris Tsetsekos and Mindfulness Club faculty leader Heather Graber-Stinson are leading regularly morning mindfulness practices. Chris says, "It is so important for your mental health that you give yourself time to digest everything going on around you, and with so many changes to our lives with the coronavirus, we all need that time."
We strive to keep our student-athletes connected to their team, their sport, and their coaches. Andy Copelan, head coach in Premier Lacrosse League, Waterdogs Lacrosse Club talked to the lacrosse team about how he went about picking his team for the expansion draft. VI Former Brennan McBride then presented about the 2004 Div I national championship game, Navy vs. Syracuse. McBride will play lacrosse at Harvard.
Megan, Upper School Parent
We have been very impressed with Haverford's level of organization and response to this unprecedented situation. The faculty and staff have been amazing and it is great to hear my son online able to engage with his peers and teachers. Haverford faculty and staff should be so proud, as this level of preparedness far exceeds what we are experiencing elsewhere.
I am a clinical professor at Drexel and we have moved our entire spring quarter to online. Trying to navigate this new territory myself has increased my respect for all of the teachers at Haverford who have made this change look effortless even though I know they have spent hours/days and sleepless nights making sure our students can continue with their education and connectedness.
In addition to regularly scheduled classes, Haverford School faculty met up with their students over spring break to connect and inspire.
The Upper School Finance Club met via Google Meet to discuss the coronavirus' impact on markets and industries around the world. Upper School teacher Mr. Long led a group of boys and faculty in a conversation about other times the stock market struggled and how the current pandemic is unique.
Headmaster Dr. John Nagl, author of Knife Fights, joined other faculty and staff from across the community in reading bedtime stories to each grade in the Lower School.
Amy, Lower and Upper School Parent
The teachers made themselves available during spring break, sending activity ideas, providing at least one live check-in, and offering sing-alongs with the music teachers, bedtime books read by faculty and staff, and interactive links relating to topics being learned in classes. My littlest kids (ages 5 and 7) know how to raise hand, wait to be called on, and then un-mute the microphone and answer. I am so grateful to be a part of such a strong and compassionate community that is absolutely dedicated to raising men of character.