Sixth grader Sydnee Reddy spent the day as a high-school student at The Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, PA. Sydnee was taking part in the sixth grade’s weekly High School visits.

Each Wednesday this spring a 6th grade St. James Ambassador is given the opportunity to visit a high school for a small taste of what the future might hold. The ambassador’s role is to not only learn about and experience the high school for their own benefit, but also bring back useful information to share with the rest of the class. The ambassador is also asked to represent St. James School to their visiting high school in a positive way. The visits are an opportunity to put to use all of the etiquette tips students learn each day at morning meeting, such as: firm hand shakes, speaking clearly and proper uniforms. Whichever high school the ambassador is attending that week is featured daily as the “High School of the Week” at morning meeting and the ambassador presents the results of the trip on Thursday. Ambassadors have gone to schools as close as nearby William Penn Charter School and as far as St. James School in Hagerstown, MD.

At 7:00AM, bright and early, Sydnee and her father Derek departed St. James School with Mr. Todd for the hour long drive north to The Perkiomen School. Situated on an idyllic 165 acre campus in rural Pennsylvania, The Perkiomen School (Perk) is a non-denominational private school with grades 6-12. There are 325 students representing 10 states and 22 countries, many of which are boarding students. The Perk’s Upper School boasts a strong academic curriculum with small class sizes, 27 AP courses and student-teacher ratio of 7:1.

Upon arrival, Sydnee was greeted by Associate Director of Admissions Anneke Skidmore. After visiting the middle school with Perk partner Emily, Sydnee was introduced to her high school student partner Brianna. Sydnee shadowed Brianna through her daily schedule to biology, Latin, history, lunch, music, and her free period which was spent checking out the dorms and hanging out in the student center.

After the school day, Sydnee was invited to stay to watch the girls’ lacrosse game. Admittedly nervous before her visit, Sydnee said she had a great time and could picture herself at a school like Perk in two and half years.

Other St. James Ambassadors visits this year:

  • Zahkiyyah visited Philadelphia High School for Girls
  • Cordell shadowed a student at La Salle College High School
  • Ainyae spent a day with a ninth grader at William Penn Charter School
  • Ezekiel and Zamir made the three and a half hour trek to shadow students at St. James School in Hagerstown, Maryland
Additionally planned visits:
  • Lashay – Freire Charter School
  • Kwymaje – George Carver High School for Engineering and Sciences
  • Jamaal – West Philadelphia Catholic High School
  • John – Church Farm School
  • Marquis –Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School
  • Tyrena – Charter High School for Architecture and Design
  • Kanyana – Christo Rey Philadelphia High School
  • Jonathan – Julia R. Masterman High School
  • Jalieka – Springside Academy
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