"Co-Education and the Nobles Mission" by Director of Admission Brooke Asnis '90
Greetings from the Admission Office. This fall, our admission staff members are attending 25 school fairs, visiting dozens of individual schools and serving on numerous panels to talk to prospective families about applying to independent secondary schools (and specifically Nobles). We host an average of 45-50 families per week for tours and interviews. On October 15, we welcomed nearly 1,000 people to our Fall Open House. As admission professionals, we are grateful for the opportunity to represent Nobles and to interact daily with enthusiastic prospective families.
Although we are fortunate that many families are exploring Nobles as an option, we are also aware that we are situated in the heart of a competitive secondary school landscape. We work to market the differentiators that set Nobles apart among the many excellent school options in the Boston area. We focus our marketing efforts on the school’s mission and the ways in which it is expressed and executed in our curriculum, programs and culture. We talk deliberately, for example, about assembly and the Afternoon Program as spaces where community building and leadership development occur. We also continuously emphasize diversity fully expressed as an essential quality of our mission and community. With this commitment to a diverse school community in mind, we wrote the following statement on co-education this fall:
At Noble and Greenough School, our excitement about learning and our commitment to students translate to extraordinary intellectual and personal growth in young people. Academics at Nobles are challenging—yet our community balances high expectations with joy in the classroom, on the playing fields and on stage. Always, the Nobles experience is anchored in authentic relationships between students and faculty. From college counselors to coaches to academic advisors and others, students are surrounded by adults who know them well—and care about their health and success. Nobles also believes deeply in service and in community, broadly defined. EXCEL, our experiential learning program, is one avenue through which we support our mission to inspire leadership for the public good.
Our diverse, coeducational community is also at the heart of our mission. At Nobles, students learn from one another and learn to work together with people of different backgrounds and life experiences. Coeducation is central to our educational philosophy; we believe that optimal learning occurs when school life mirrors the complexity of our society. Our curriculum and programs demand that students engage in open discourse, consider disparate viewpoints and grapple with some of the more difficult topics facing our ever-changing world. Our school community provides students with the academic and interpersonal skills to be effective leaders who make a positive impact on the global community after graduation.
This statement is displayed prominently in the Admission Office along with some quotes from current Nobles seniors about why coeducation matters to them. We are having interesting conversations about the value of coeducation every day with visiting families. We hope that you will also talk about the school’s diverse, coeducational community as a hallmark of Nobles in your conversations with potential future Nobles families. Thank you for your support of our efforts.