Why Support TGS by Elaine Wright
I spent kindergarten through fifth grade in a local public school system, and while I liked it, sometimes I felt held back and that my options were limited. My parents thought I might be happier in a different school environment. My mother had actually become acquainted with an alumni and a current parent of The Gregory School, and was impressed by their experiences, and felt it might be a good fit for me.
After some research and an inquiry, I visited to spend the day with another student. She took me to all her classes and I loved every minute. Everyone was friendly and I didn't feel like I was at school because the environment was so open and welcoming. I immediately applied for admission and scholarship for the following school year. My parents and I were thrilled when we found out I had been accepted.
Since starting as a student in the sixth grade, my education has been something I would have never imagined. I had always liked school but I hadn’t really considered what was possible. At The Gregory School, I have always been able to take courses that meet my academic needs. For instance, I began taking Algebra I in sixth grade and continued on to several other high school classes during middle school. What's best is that those credits were applied to my high school graduation requirements.
Because I was permitted to enroll in advanced classes earlier, this year as a junior, I'm taking five Advanced Placement (AP) classes. Thanks to the schedule flexibility, since ninth grade I’ve been able to simultaneously study three languages, French, Spanish, and Latin. The Gregory School academic environment is both rigorous and supportive.
In addition to academics, I’ve discovered a variety of extracurriculars here. I am on the swim and basketball teams and belong to several clubs on campus. I’ve been able to give back to the TGS and Tucson communities, tutoring others in our campus Writing Center and volunteering in language classrooms at the International School. I’ve loved having the opportunity to explore different activities and become a more wellrounded person.
Over the past five years, I’ve had incredible opportunities for experiential learning like class retreats to ropes course activities. In ninth grade, I had the chance to visit Google Headquarters with some classmates. This April, I will be traveling to Israel with four other students to represent The Gregory School at an international physics competition held at the Weizmann Institute. We are one of only five schools from the United States to be invited.
As I look ahead to college, I want to stay focused on foreign languages, perhaps coupled with engineering or math. Even though I'm not sure exactly where I’d like to go yet, I'm confident that my experience at The Gregory School has made me well prepared for college.
I have had these educational and personal experiences because of the generous people who donate to the Annual Fund. I am forever thankful for you! This fund is really important because, in addition to providing scholarships, it allows our teachers to provide curriculum that goes beyond the traditional way of doing school. You have made a profound difference in my time as a student and my future.