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Student Spotlight; Ian ’20 Finding the Right Fit

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It’s hard for Ian Boisvert ’20 to identify exactly why he chose New Hampton School, but he couldn’t be happier with his choice. Was it the athletics, the academic opportunities, the academic coaching, or just the feel across campus? When Ian came to visit, he was familiar with New Hampton because his sister had been a Husky. She would graduate just before he enrolled. But Ian also knew what he loved, and what he needed to be successful.

Ian plays on the JV lacrosse team and participates fully in the community.
Ian plays on the JV lacrosse team and participates fully in the community.

Programs and Choices

Ian, a sophomore from Hampstead, New Hampshire chose New Hampton School after watching his sister, Mairead ’16, transform over her four years. Watching his sister grow into a successful young woman, Ian couldn’t help but wonder what he might experience in Husky Nation.

Ian also chose New Hampton because the school offers the programs that best align with his interests. This fall, Ian played soccer and will serve as the captain of the ski team this winter. His true passion is lacrosse, which he looks forward to during the spring.

Ian took Public Speaking at New Hampton School to try something new and challenge himself.
Ian took Public Speaking at New Hampton School to try something new and challenge himself.

The Right Fit Academically

Academically, Ian knew it was the right fit for him because of the school’s support program fully integrated into the curriculum.

“The Academic Support Program at New Hampton is one of the best. They are able to accommodate my learning difference,” says Ian. Accompanied by the support he needs, Ian pushes himself academically, knowing he has faculty and resources available to help. “The program allows me to pick classes that will challenge me. There is always a teacher willing to help. That is one of the benefits of having over 90% of the faculty living here on campus,” he adds.

Ian’s mother, Jennifer, could not be happier with both Mairead and Ian’s decision to attend New Hampton School.

“Thanks to the Academic Support Program, Ian has become a confident and well-organized student,” says Jennifer. “His tutor’s constant contact with his classroom teachers lays the foundation for him to be able to come to class prepared and to achieve personal goals.”

Ian works with his tutor, Kristin McClure, during the academic day. Since tutorial is scheduled into his class block schedule, he doesn’t miss any opportunities outside of the academic day, and he doesn’t experience any stigma associated with his learning needs.

Jennifer McMahon, Director of the Academic Support Program at New Hampton School, has witnessed Ian’s growth since he arrived at New Hampton School. “Ian has learned to use the tools we have taught him, and he is much more confident in his abilities,” she shares. “He is never overwhelmed by his academic responsibilities and knows how to approach all of his tasks.”

The community at New Hampton School made Ian feel at home.
The community at New Hampton School made Ian feel at home.

An Overall Feel

Beyond Ian’s academic story, he is an involved member of the community, an active student in his dorm, and a reliable and friendly tour guide for the Admission Office. Overall, Ian chose New Hampton School because he felt comfortable on campus.

“New Hampton is my second family, and I really would not trade anything for the people here.”

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    Mary R Vincent

    All of the above is true----he is also a most wonderful grandson. So very proud of what a fine young man he is--and always has been. New Hampton is the perfect fit for him. Thank you to all at New Hampton who are helping him on his way through these important years. His Proud Grandmother