We've re-organized Student Services into a more comprehensive Campus Life division to not only service our students but to engage them in all aspects of their lives at IMG Academy. Our Dorm Mentors will now be known as House Parents, signifying the importance we place in continuing to educate and care for your children outside of school and sport.
Having arrived here in the midst of summer camps, and drawing from my background of working at New England boarding schools, as well as being a boarding school graduate myself, I am excited to elevate our Campus Life and make the most out of our new Residence Hall setting.
For 2013-14, we will focus on the value of community, personal growth and academic/athletic growth:
The first floor lobby of Ascender Hall has become the central hub of student activity, bringing together student-athletes from all ends of campus. We will build on this momentum in the fall to foster the true boarding school experience through themed activities and the collegiate and traditional boarding school "quad" feel that occurs there nightly.
In addition, we will be introducing the "IMG Academy Dorm Cup.” Each wing in Ascender, the East Campus dorms and Academy Park Villas will be facing off against each other throughout the year for bragging rights, prizes, pride and, most importantly, a permanent cup that will display the winner's name each year. Day students will be tied to the appropriate wing for their gender and age group, which will increase their community involvement and connection with their peer group.
There will also be an increased emphasis on events to build community across the entire campus. Don't miss out on our first campus-wide event of the year: Come decked out in blue on Saturday, August 24th for IMG Academy's first-ever football game!
We are firm believers in the transformational power of residential education. If you ask any college professor at a university that hosts a large number of boarding school students, they will tell you the biggest difference between their boarding school students (including day students who attended a boarding school) and their peers from traditional schools, is the ability to self-advocate to, and comfortably interact with, adults.
Through our transition to traditional live-in house parents, we are seeking to increase the amount of face time your child has with adults in the IMG Academy community. While we will continue to communicate home to you every two weeks, if your child calls with a challenge, encourage him/her to advocate for themselves. We are, of course, receptive to assisting in any way possible and will follow-up with you on any challenge that comes before us.
Academic and Athletic Growth
Whether we work in the classroom, on the fields or courts, or in the residence hall, we are all educators first. With that in mind, you will see an increase in the amount of communication about how your child is doing and faster intervention if your child is in need of assistance. We will also offer a comprehensive evening study hall program for students seeking a supportive study environment.
I look forward to meeting each and every one of you during Check-In Weekend. If you have any questions or would like to introduce yourself beforehand, please reach out to me at 941-749-8644 or email@example.com.
Director of Campus Life