I am very grateful for the experience my daughter, Ava, a junior, is having at Vermont Academy. As the parent of a day student girl, I underestimated the impact that a boarding school community could offer her. She is experiencing the benefits of being immersed in a nurturing and supportive community. Her teachers and coaches at VA make it a priority to know my daughter and form connections with her. She is engaged in school life and encouraged to try new things. She has gained self-confidence and independence, all while managing a challenging academic schedule. Above all, she exudes happiness and has a realization of just how special this time is.