A Day Does Make a difference at KO

Editorial

This editorial is different from our usual criticism. We decided it was time to look at all of the positive aspects of our school and the important life lessons we have learned in our time at KO. 

We believe that because KO is a day school, it gives our community a special atmosphere that sets us apart from other prep schools. Our students have the opportunity to gain the experience of a college prep school, but also have the important aspects of a traditional high school. A big benefit of going to a day school is being able to go home at the end of the day. Students and teachers are able to form such special and close relationships, and at the end of the day, however, get to go home to their own families and separate their family life from their school life. This plays an instrumental role in students’ mental health and overall well-being.

Though we don’t live on campus, we still maintain a strong sense of community outside the classroom through sports and extracurricular activities. We have strong varsity teams that allow us to create lasting bonds with teammates and coaches and encourage fan involvement and school spirit. 

In addition to our thriving athletics department, we also are proud of our successful performing arts department that furthers student involvement at KO. The KO theater department won the HALO award for Best Musical two years in a row for “9 to 5” in 2021 and “Thoroughly Modern Millie” in 2020 as well as Best Dancing for “Chicago” in 2019. The arts at KO allow students to cultivate a strong sense of community outside of academics, and we have various levels of commitment so that everyone can feel involved in a way that works for them. 

Clubs are yet another way that KO students can find a community away from their classes. These clubs can be ones that only require your time while at school or ones that require your time outside of the school day. Clubs range from something fun such as the Fishing Club, or something more meaningful like Power of Women, where students get to hear from and get inspired by women in the community. We also have competitive clubs like Mock Trial or Forensic Union, where you get to travel to compete with other schools and test your knowledge. Without clubs, KO would truly not be the school it is today.

Additionally, KO has unique traditions that make the school a more desirable place to go to. Symposium is a special opportunity KO provides for students to welcome a selected author to campus, and students in all grade levels read at least one work by the author. This is a class, however, specially designed for seniors, and one that many look forward to in the fall.

The Writing and Math Center is a great place to get feedback on your work from other students in a positive way. KO has student peer tutors in English, Spanish, and math, and is always available to help you. 

Prefects and senior advisors are also guides in our community, allowing our seniors to share their wisdom with younger students. Prefects get paired with a freshman advisory group, and senior advisors get paired with an upper prep advisory group, this acts as way for our students to interact with all different grade levels.

As a school that is meant to prepare students for college, KO balances that task with making sure students still have the chance to experience an environment where taking risks is encouraged. Students are urged to try something new, as you never know what something is like until you truly get to experience it yourself. For example, joining a sports team for a sport that you never knew how to play before introduces you to new people and exposes you to new things. 

At KO, if you are motivated, anything is possible. Our teachers are some of the most supportive people, and they are always willing to work with students in order to balance their workload with the demands of an academically rigorous school. 

The relationships that we have with our teachers are truly one of a kind because they see us as whole people rather than just students. 

Many of our teachers are coaches, advisors, or club mentors in addition to being teachers, which means they get to learn about their students on a personal level.

While students often point out the negatives of KO, the school should truly be praised and thanked for all the amazing opportunities it has provided students with. 

KO has taught us that you should never be afraid of change and always be willing to go out of your comfort zone, take a risk, and try something new.