Stuart Hall Annual Report 2011-2012—Thank you!
Stuart Hall Annual Fund Printer's Proof June 26
Dear Stuart Hall Family and Friends,
While we are a School focused on preparing our students for an engaged life in the 21st century, we are also a school who holds its traditions dear: Senior Steps, Honor Code signing, Red/White games, chapel talks, food drives and community outreach, and shepherds’ crooks at graduation. Traditions bind us together across generations as we forge an exciting future for Stuart Hall School.
One tradition for which I am most grateful is the tradition of steadfast support by our alums, parents, and friends. Stuart Hall School benefits tremendously from the Annual Fund gifts that allow us to secure faculty of the highest quality, offer a rich liberal arts and sciences education for students in grades PK-12, and provide facilities for 21st century learning. This legacy of giving allows us to create a culture of respect, kindness, and high standards that brings out the unlimited potential of each of our students.
As we begin our 170th year, I want to take a moment to reflect back on the work we have achieved with your critical Annual Fund support since our last VAIS visit five years ago. As I look back at this list, I am stunned by how much positive change we have accomplished in this period of time. I can honestly say that I know of no other school that has confronted the challenges we have faced and moved forward so positively in such difficult times. We all know that this progress has not come without pain, but we must all be proud of what we have done and the legacy we are leaving.
In the last five years, we have
• More than doubled our total enrollment through increased recruitment and our merger with Hunter McGuire School.
• More than doubled our boarding enrollment.
• Achieved a balanced budget for the last three years.
• Increased our endowment to $2.6M.
On behalf of our students and faculty, thank you for understanding that a special place like Stuart Hall cannot exist on tuition dollars alone, and thank you for making Stuart Hall a philanthropic priority. We are the strong School we are today because of you.
With sincere gratitude,
Mark H. Eastham
Head of School