Live to Learn.
Learn to Live.
160 : Years Proctor has expanded within the village of Andover 21 : Student residences | 12 : Average students per dormitory 14.5 : Miles of trails crisscrossing 2500 acres of woodlands 4 : Ponds on campus 500 Species of vertebrate animals call Proctor’s 2500 acres “home”
2500 Acres A sense of place
Nestled in a river valley between Kearsarge and Ragged Mountains is a village of white clapboard homes surrounded by thousands of acres of forest land. Proctor Academy sprawls across the very center of Andover, New Hampshire as it has for more than 160 years. Academic, athletic and arts facilities surround Proctor Pond, with twenty-one small student residences - many former homes - spanning a pedestrian campus. To the north, almost 2,500 acres of woodlands are crisscrossed by miles of hiking trails leading to campsites, ponds, “the Cabin,” and a granite outcrop known as “the Bulkhead.” To the south - across playing fields and the Blackwater River - lives Proctor’s Ski Area, one of the finest high school training and racing facilities in the United States.
Community of Individuals Inclusivity and Individuality
Proctor is a school that celebrates strength through diversity recognized through individuality, culture, religion, ethnicity, and learning style. This is a community that values trust, personal responsibility and respect for the environment. It is open, inclusive, egalitarian and unpretentious. Proctor students have the opportunity to diversify interests while focusing on existing passions. Students arrive passionate in so many different arenas - music, environmental science, competitive skiing, lacrosse, ceramics, writing - and while here develop both deep knowledge and an understanding of what it takes to steward those passions. As they experience the possibilities of Proctor, many discover new interests that broaden their sense of self. Alumni cite Proctor as the experience that changed the course of their lives whether they are surgeons, marine biologists, musicians or business entrepreneurs. Proctor allows students to find their own voice, through a course of study or a newly discovered hobby.
Community and Residential Life
Home Sweet Home
“Assembly” is Proctor’s daily exercise in community. Three mornings each week, the bell atop Maxwell Savage Hall tolls, calling the community to the Wilkins Meetinghouse for thirty-five minutes of announcements, skits, presentations and laughter. Spontaneity is key; assembly is a live event and every student has a voice. Over time, assemblies reinforce values that distinguish this community: openness, honesty and inclusivity. Students and faculty live together in twenty-one small dormitories that average twelve students, creating a home-like atmosphere. Students from different grades as well as both new and returning students mix together in dorms, creating a residential community without hierarchies. Students meet at least four times each week with an advisor who functions as a team leader to a group of four-to-six advisees. Academic planning, scheduling and much problem-solving are accomplished through the advisor. Parents communicate with advisors when questions or concerns arise. The advisor-advisee relationship is central to every student’s success
Student population : 360 275 : 85 | Boarding : Day 87% Domestic | 13% International
139 : Academic course offerings 48 : Advanced degrees held by faculty 14 : AP courses offered 5:1 : Student Faculty Ratio
Proctor’s Educational Philosophy roctor’s educational model operates at the intersection P of brain-based learning research, rich experiential opportunities and the challenge and support of a college preparatory curriculum. Delivering on our promise to students requires trusting relationships and open dialog with mentoring faculty. Whether plying the Atlantic on Ocean Classroom, solving an equation in AP Physics, or building a model home in Architectural Design, the understanding of how students learn best is the foundation of every experience. Live to Learn, Learn to Live.
Academic Balance Rigor and Support
Students tackle greater academic challenges when they anticipate success and are supported. Proctor can be considered the most rigorous of the supportive schools or the most supportive of the rigorous schools. A challenging college preparatory curriculum demands the best of each student: organization and time management, active inquiry, participation, long hours of study, and persistence. Here, however, academic challenge is not simply a set of hurdles. This community is designed for student success. Teachers are available outside of class time for extra help. Students arrange peer tutorials or group study sessions. Effort grading rewards students for seeking extra help and classroom participation.
Unique electives include: Neuroscience | Architectural Design | Climate Science | Surveying | Forensics Rhetoric | Forestry | Organic Chemistry | Entrepreneurship | Mandarin Chinese Math Engineering
Profile of a Proctor Graduate Proctor graduates are collaborative, ethical individuals, ready to contribute productively to their communities. Our diverse programs and experiential approach to education develop creative, resilient, and knowledgeable problem solvers who take responsibility for their own learning.
Learning Skills Potential Realized
Proctor was the first school - anywhere - to offer academic support services to college bound students. From the start, seventy-five years ago, the Learning Skills program served as the nation’s prototype for tutorials within a wholly college preparatory curriculum. This structured, team-oriented approach to skill and strategy development capitalizes on personal learning strengths rather than remediating weaknesses. Classes pair two students with a Learning Specialist four academic periods per week. The key to understanding Proctor’s academic model is the concept that support enables tackling greater academic challenge, not less. Proctor’s Learning Skills students regularly matriculate to some of the country’s most competitive colleges and universities. Learning Skills Goals: Organization | Time-management | Executive skills Self-advocacy | Self-knowledge
4 : Learning Skills class meetings per week 100 : Average number of students enrolled in Learning Skills 16 Learning Specialists mentor approximately 100 students
70% of all Proctor graduates spend at least one term abroad Over 85% of 3 and 4 year students participate in the off campus programs Proctorâ€™s programs are fully funded by boarding tuition
Experiential Leadership A National Model
Proctor’s off-campus, experiential programs are a model for schools and colleges around the country. No other school enables 90-100 students to study abroad each year! Proctor’s integrated off-campus programs are funded by tuition and fully integrated into our academic curriculum. Whether studying marine fisheries in St. Croix, examining border issues in El Paso, Texas, reading Don Quixote in Segovia, Spain, visiting the Louvre on European Art Classroom or exploring the Rainforest in Monteverde, Costa Rica, each of these programs will become an enduring experience on your educational journey. Proctor’s programs are designed, taught and managed by Proctor faculty, allowing us to offer the best possible learning experience for our students. Term Long Programs: Ocean Classroom | Mountain Classroom | Costa Rica Classroom European Art Classroom | Segovia, Spain Classroom Summer Service Programs: Guatemala | Thailand / Cambodia | China / Tibet
Why Experiential Education? Why does Proctor go to such great effort to enable our students to study abroad? We know that these experiences create the richest possible learning opportunities for our students! Since 1972 when Mountain Classroom first left campus for the desert southwest, Proctor has never looked back and forged ahead with new programs including Proctor en Segovia, European Art Classroom, Ocean Classroom and Costa Rica. Each term, students return to campus with a renewed sense of independence, curiosity and desire to take risks. Increasingly, colleges recognize the benefits of Proctorâ€™s model with our graduates standing out amongst a sea of applicants for their unique experiences. Most importantly, our students see the transformation of experiential learning in themselves!
â€œTell me, and I will forget, Show me and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.â€? -Chinese Proverb
Expanding your Perspective
At Proctor, you will find students building cedar strip canoes, editing original music, dancing hip hop, patiently molding clay on a wheel or working a welding torch. Regardless of whether you are an accomplished artist or a curious novice, there is a place at Proctor for you to continue, or to begin, a study in the arts. Through its full integration into the academic day, afternoon programming and evening hours, the arts at Proctor affords each student the opportunity to explore an unparalleled breadth of offerings in the visual, performing, industrial, and media arts. Facilities include a two-story woodshop, metal fabrication and design studios, a professional level music recording studio, state-of-the-art theater and dance studio, along with dedicated spaces for painting, photography, ceramics and digital media. A Sampling of the Arts: Kinetic Metal Sculpture | Jazz Rock Ensemble | Studio Art Ceramics | Lightroom for Photographers | Boat Building Digital Music Recording | Architectural Design
37 Arts Electives Offered A Few Alumni in the Arts: • Matt Nathanson ‘91 (Rockstar) • Chris Spitzmiller ‘90 (Ceramicist) • Heather Moore ‘87 (Jewelry Artist) • John Hannafin ‘96 (Painter) • Robert Richardson ‘73 (Oscar-winning Cinematographer)
Arts Integrated As you walk Proctor’s campus you will notice the arts everywhere. Ceramic murals on display in classrooms, performances at Assembly, art installations throughout campus, the sound of the hum of a lathe in the woodshop - no matter where you go, you will see creativity in action. Some students experience the arts through a new “Skills” course in Woodworking or Art in Landscape while others “Major” in Music Recording, Ceramics or Photography. Arts faculty at Proctor are skilled artists in their own right and have the ability to see the creative potential in every student!
100% of students participate in an activity or sport each afternoon 101 : Average number of varsity athletes on Academic Honor Roll 20 team sports and 19 non-sport afternoon activities offered 15 sub-varsity teams The only prep school operating their own on-campus, FIS-certified ski area
Competition & Values Proctor enjoys a rich tradition within New England prep school athletics. While we have our share of championship banners, we are most proud of the sportsmanship and values exhibited by players and coaches. Some students come to Proctor as varsity athletes with the goal of playing collegiate sports and many go on to compete at the Olympic, NCAADivision 1, 2, 3 and club levels. Other students are new to competitive sports and have the opportunity to develop skills at the junior varsity and developmental levels before moving up to the varsity level. Regardless of your experience, there is a place for you within the athletic program at Proctor. Here, athletics are an extension of the educational process where the shared joy of winning and the lessons learned through defeat reinforce the values of dedication, commitment, hard work and sacrifice. Go Hornets! Fall: Cross - Country | Football | Soccer | Mountain Biking | Field Hockey Winter: Ice Hockey | Basketball | Nordic Skiing | Snowboarding | Ski Racing Spring: Tennis | Lacrosse | Golf | Baseball | Softball | Cycling | Whitewater Slalom Racing
Proctor offers over over fifteen different afternoon activities each year that complement the range of athletic offerings. Some of these programs are competitive and group oriented, while others allow students to pursue an individual interest. Afternoons provide yet another outlet for students to pursue physical activity, explore the arts, the outdoors, and themselves. Fall: Community Service | Dance | Equestrian | Kayaking Rock Climbing | Woods Team | Yearbook Winter: Drama Performance & Tech | Winter Horsemanship | Yearbook Band Recording | Ceramics | Self-Defense | Ski Patrol Spring: 3-D Archery | CrossFit | Drama-Musical Theatre | Yearbook Equestrian | Photography | Woods Team
A Mission of Sustainability
Proctor has embraced sustainability for decades and formally embraced an Environmental Mission Statement in 2008 that helps to guide the school toward carbon neutrality. Proctorâ€™s institutional commitment to environmental stewardship is evidenced by the conversion of our oil based steam plant to a wood burning biomass boiler heating over 80% of campus, the installation of a photovoltaic solar array on the roof of the Wilkins Meeting House, and the construction of Peabody House using six, 500 foot geothermal wells. Proctor strives to walk the talk!
90,000 : Kilowatt Hours Produced by Proctorâ€™s Solar Array 21 : Dorms competing for energy efficiency each winter 60,000 : Gallons of heating oil saved annually since installation of a $2 million bio-mass heating plant in 2009 20 : Buildings heated by locally harvested biomass
Proctor at a Glance • Year Founded 1848 • Campus and Location 2500 rural acres in central New Hampshire. 30 minutes from both Concord, NH and Hanover, NH. 90 Miles from Boston. • Student Body 360 Students. 275 boarding students, 85 day students. 45% female, 55% male. 30 States and provinces and 15 foreign countries represented. • Faculty 82 full-time teaching faculty. Over 60% hold advanced degrees. Student/Teacher Ratio: 5:1 • Financial Facts $18 Million operating budget / $24 Million Endowment / $1.3 Million annual giving in 2013-14 • Financial Aid $3.1 Million allocated to 33% of the student body.
Life Beyond Proctor
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