KO holds annual Open House for prospective families


On Sunday, Oct. 23, KO held its annual Open House, welcoming prospective families to campus to learn all about KO. The Middle School program was held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. followed by the Upper School Program from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Senior Associate Director of Admissions  Rebecca Benavides reflected on the purpose of the day. “The goal is just to share our beautiful campus with prospective families and share what makes KO a special place,” she said.

At the Middle School program, families started off the day by exploring a curriculum fair, where they got the chance to walk the Estes halls and chat with current students and faculty members about different aspects of the KO experience. Following this, parents and students split up, and each attended three information sessions. Students were able to go to three mock classes taught by KO teachers. 

The Upper School program began with a student panel in Roberts Theater. Families and students could ask current students any questions about student life at KO. 

After the panel, families could choose to receive a tour of campus from members of Shield and Dragon. Several teachers led “experiences” in their classrooms that families could choose to visit. In the science classrooms, science teacher Tomas Kopecky channeled students’ curiosity through fun experiments, even one involving marshmallows. 

In the fieldhouse, tables were scattered throughout the room highlighting programs outside the classroom, such as sports, college advising, clubs, and many others. Varsity field hockey Coach Chapin Yates spent the afternoon in the fieldhouse, talking with students interested in playing field hockey. “The Open House is a great opportunity for me to meet new prospective field hockey players that I might not have been able to meet in recruiting showcases and camps,” she said.

The day wouldn’t have been possible without the help of students in Shield and Dragon. Students were assigned different roles to help the program run as smoothly as possible. “My role was to greet families when they were first entering Roberts and to make them feel welcome,” junior Kami Tarantino said. “Towards the end of the student-forum, I went into Roberts to help bring families to different experiences around campus.”

Junior Avery Hersh loved helping out at the Open House this year by giving tours. “I really enjoyed meeting the prospective families and helping them learn all about what makes KO special,” she said.

The Open House serves as a way for families to learn about KO in a more informal way without having to schedule a tour or interview. “They’re really getting a sense of KO because they’re interacting with so many faculty, staff, and students here,” Ms. Benavides said. “It usually really sells the school for us.”

The admissions team plans to hold a few smaller events for prospective families as the admissions deadline approaches. Overall, the day was a great success thanks to everyone in attendance!