A common concern for parents sending their freshman students to boarding school is whether or not they’ll be too homesick to transition to a new school. How will they get involved and make friends away from home and in such a new environment? Fortunately, after decades of educating students, Kiski has different programs and strategies to help boys transition smoothly to the Kiski campus. One of the most effective programs Kiski offers is the Big Brother program, which pairs a junior or senior with a freshman student to help him learn the ropes and adjust to his new school.
The Best of Kiski
Kiski’s Big Brother program focuses on integrating new students into the community through one-on-one relationships with older students who have already experienced the same transition. While the program is mandatory for all freshman students, the Big Brothers are selected carefully and invited to become mentors. Not only are they developing important leadership skills, but they are also helping the next generation of Kiski boys.
“They get a chance to give back to the community,” Chantel Kapustik, an English teacher at Kiski who has been coordinating the program for eight years, said of the Big Brother mentors.
The Big Brothers are selected because they represent the best of Kiski. They are paired with students who share similar interests such as music, athletics, or art. According to Kapustik the program is important for the Little Brothers because “it gives them someone to confide in (and) someone to look up to.”
Every year, a few Big Brothers are recognized for going above and beyond the requirements of the program. For example, one Big Brother and his Little Brother were both in the Creative Writing Club and even after the Big Brother graduated and began college he continued to help his Little Brother develop his writing skills. In 2015, Bill Gardner, Pierre Addo, and Ben Simpson were awarded Big Brothers of the Year for similar contributions and leadership.
The Big Brother program is an effective way for freshman students to make friends and become oriented with the School. And who better to show them around than other accomplished Kiski boys?
If you have any questions about our mentoring program, or would like to set up a time to visit the Kiski campus, feel free to contact us!
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Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, independent, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States. Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes Advanced and Honors courses, 12 varsity sports, and a community that allows boys to thrive through project-based learning and self-discovery. Kiski's beautiful, 350-acre campus is located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.