by Pam M.
After six years at Waverly, Hayden ‘20 moves on to Occidental College. In the fall, his younger brother will join Waverly’s middle school.
I am overwhelmed after watching the beautiful and heartfelt graduation tonight. When Waverly was first suggested to us over six years ago, I remember feeling scared. How would our then 6th grader fit in to a new school? How would our family be received by the community? It can be hard moving to a new school environment. I remember standing in the middle school big room on day one of 7th grade, next to my very anxious child, and not wanting to leave him. What would his day be like without anyone he knew? We laugh about this now.
Attending Waverly was one of the best decisions we have ever made. During his middle and high school years at Waverly, Hayden blossomed. He found his group. He made best life-long friends in teachers, admin, and peers. What a gift! Not many people can say their child graduated high school unscathed, happy, and hopeful for what lies ahead. Thank you for always making Hayden’s journey safe and full of love and compassion. We are excited and happy that graduation was not actually a goodbye for our family and can’t wait to start the next six years with Hayden’s brother, Wyatt. Thank you all so much!
You exemplify how schools should mold and shape children into adults, from students into scholars, and individuals into a community.
With much love,
Parent to Hayden ’20 and Wyatt ‘26