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The Experimentory Blog

Our year-round blog describes our program, values, and plans for next year.

The Exp Summer Daily

Our summer news consists of daily updates while we're in session -- giving a window into past years.

Pre-Program Post 1: Experimentory in the Making

Jun 15, 2016 6:22:00 PM

In March we posted a rough sketch of how our 2016 class and staff rosters were coming together. This past week we officially closed our online application and accepted our final students. It is clearly time for an update!

First Things First: The Students

Our final class size for 2016 is 42 students -- a 40% increase from last year’s 30. 42 students + 6 teachers + 3 teaching fellows + 10 proctors + 2 nurses + 3 Experimentory staff members brings our Experimentory community to a population of 66.

More importantly, we’re extremely happy with the particular students who will be joining us. They are an extremely fun, gifted, and hard-working group. Statistics can’t do these kids justice, but since 42 miniature biographies would be rather long for a blog post, they’ll have to do.

  • We have 23 boys and 19 girls.
  • In an entirely unrelated split, we have 23 domestic students and 19 international students.
  • Those students represent 7 countries and 12 states.
  • See this map below for more details on where people are from. The hometowns and colleges of our proctors and teaching fellows are represented as well.
  • We have three pairs of siblings – though all three are a unique combination. One is a brother-sister pair born a year apart; another pair are boy-girl fraternal twins; and our final pair are identical twins.
  • In a crazy quirk that still confounds reason, we ended with twelve students with given names beginning with the letter “A.” Even more surprising is that there is only one repeated name among those twelve!

Fond Farewells

This past spring, Peter Warsaw – Deerfield Academy’s Academic Dean and Music Teacher – accepted a position as Head of School at Vanke Meisha Academy in Shenzhen, China. We are thrilled for both Mr. Warsaw and VMA, even though it means a loss for Deerfield Academy and the Experimentory. As one of the Experimentory’s founding faculty members, Mr. Warsaw has been an essential contributor to our academic vision and philosophy – to say nothing of his work teaching music. We bid him a fond farewell and look forward to following this next phase of his career as an educator. (For more on Mr. Warsaw’s Deerfield Academy career and departure, you may enjoy this article from DA’s student newspaper, The Scroll.)

In addition, after announcing in March that Akshaya Avril-Tucker would be joining us as a teaching fellow again this summer, she was accepted into a grad program in Austin, TX, creating a schedule conflict with our program. As with Mr. Warsaw, we will miss her this summer, but are also excited for this next step in her career.

Our Final Team:

With a rich background teaching music and interdisciplinary education, Steve Peisch was an obvious choice to fill the Music Composition opening in our Faculty Team. In addition, we’re happy to announce our three 2016 Teaching Fellows: Kayla Corcoran, Daniel Thrasher, and Paul Westin. To learn more about these four as well as our other faculty and staff members, visit our Experimentory People page.

The Exp Summer Daily provides news and updates while we are in session in July and August. The rest of the year, check out the Experimentory Blog for posts feature our students, teachers, classes, values, goals, and plans for the coming year.