It was a bright, sunny day on the historic Rose Hill campus as the Class of 2023 and their parents made the journey to Fordham Prep from around the metro area this past Sunday for the annual Freshman Family Orientation.
"The orientation is an opportunity for the Fordham Prep community to welcome the Class of 2023, their parents, guardians, and siblings," said Fordham Prep Principal Dr. Joseph Petriello '98. "We want to ensure their transition to the Prep is a smooth one."
The day began with Mass in the Fordham University Church presided by Fordham Prep President Rev. Christopher J. Devron, SJ. After enjoying a light breakfast in the Commons, families gathered in the Leonard Theatre to listen to remarks from Dr. Petriello and Mr. Steven Pettus, the school's Dean of Students. Afterwards, parents took part in four separate breakout sessions throughout the building:
- An academics presentation by Assistant Principal for Academics and Student Life, Mr. Chad Broussard who outlined strategies for helping their son succeed academically;
- Counseling advice by the Fordham Prep Counseling Department on how to help their son make a smooth transition to high school.
- Director of Campus Ministry Mr. Michael Kravatz, P'23 discussed faith, service, sports, and activities and how a freshman can become involved in at the Prep, and how parents can best support their son in these endeavors.
- Vice President for Mission Integration and Planning Mr. Brian Carney offered information on the Catholic, Jesuit identity of Fordham Prep and how the school’s Mission Statement and philosophy helps articulate our identity. He also discussed how the Jesuit identity of the school influences the programs and opportunities their son will be exposed to in the next four years.
Freshmen sat in on a session led by upperclassmen to learn what has helped make their time at the Prep enriching, challenging, successful and enjoyable. They also answered any questions the freshmen had as they prepare to navigate their way through these first months at the Prep. Afterwards the freshmen and their siblings enjoyed recreation in the gym, on the backfield, and in the Commons.
The Class of 2023 is highlighted by their unique backgrounds:
- Approximately 40% identify as persons of color
- 40% attended the Higher Achievement Program (HAP)
- 23% are had a grandfather, father, uncle, or brother attend the Prep
- They arrived from 125 unique schools around the tri-state area
- The class hails from 10 counties in three different states
Class of 2023 by Zip Code
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