Ms. Allyson Montana, Director of Admissions

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Ms. Allyson Montana, Director of Admissions

Dear Prospective Families,

Soundview is a place where the unwritten curriculum of altruism and empathy need not compete with traditional academic rigor. Having worked at four schools prior to starting at Soundview, I thought I knew what to expect from an independent school. I had always imagined a school in which faculty and staff had the opportunity to know all students in meaningful ways. I envisioned a community of learners who were freed from the institutionalization of education and treated with dignity as scholars and as people. A place where kids were heard and accepted. I knew that as the new Director of Admissions I had to believe in this school in order to accurately and enthusiastically describe our community to prospective families. As it turns out, Soundview is an easy sell. I’ll explain why.

At the heart of Soundview is the belief that students learn best in a small, nurturing environment that feeds both the mind and the soul. By decreasing anxiety, competition and judgment, we help students find their voice as learners and human beings. Our small community and class size allows students to play with new ideas, experiment, and connect to others on a deeper level.

When you step on to the Soundview campus you know right away that you “belong.” The feeling derives not from our beautiful Victorian buildings, or the vibrant discourse you overhear in our classrooms; it’s not from the rock music you hear from our Music Conservatory, the energy of our athletics, or the creative student art you see on the walls.  What you see is our student connections- to each other and our faculty. In other words, it’s not the programming or the facilities: it’s the people. I hear again and again from parents, “Wow, I wish I went to school at a place like this.” This is the type of school that cares for your child, supports learning, and provides the building blocks for social emotional well-being.

The atmosphere at Soundview is one in which students can be themselves. SPS students are not a number, or a score, or a “type.” Instead, each student is known and appreciated both for who they are now, and who they will grow to be. Abhijit Naskar wrote “It’s not the institutes that make students great, it’s the students that make an institution great.” Strong student-faculty connections, individualized learning, and a community of caring students and adults serve as a springboard for scholarship and personal growth. Naskar noted that schools are not static, or to further paraphrase, schools take on an almost organic quality, populated by the talent, altruism, and intellect of their students.

I invite you to come see Soundview in action. See the student-centered learning in our classrooms and engage with faculty, staff, and students. Soundview is a unique place that helps kids develop their minds and hearts. I have yet to encounter a more caring and receptive environment for learning.

Sincerely,

Allyson Montana

Director of Admissions and International Studies

 

We welcome you to visit campus, explore our website, follow us on instagram, and register for an Open House to see SPS in action. For more information about our school and the application process, please contact Allyson Montana. amontana@soundviewprep.org 914-967-2780 x107