Admission decisions are on the top of many people’s minds right now as high school seniors across the United States are visiting colleges for accepted student days and making their final decisions about college choices. As most of you can attest, those decisions are not reached lightly — either by the accepting institution or by the student and family.

But let me challenge you to think of this process of admission in a different light. Harrisburg Academy’s Admission Office works with hundreds of families each academic year — yes, hundreds — as they consider their local, national, and global school options for preschool through 12th grade. And for many families, receiving their acceptance notification from Harrisburg Academy is an important step in the educational life of their children. This does not happen in a vacuum, however, and in fact, only happens through the support and volunteerism of the whole school community, including the Parents Association and the Parent Ambassador group.

What do these groups do to help the Admission Office? And what can you do? Here’s a few quick (and painless!) ideas…

Is the kid down the street a curious boy who loves to learn foreign languages? Is your nephew looking for a place where he can learn to play tennis and pursue his passion for science? These students would fit in well at the Academy. All you have to do is send our Admission Office the contact information, and we will do the rest!

Since the 1980s, the Academy has hosted hundreds of international students in our homestay program, with about 15-20 student on track to enroll for 2018-19. Families can serve as hosts for a full academic year or one semester — or even as a “welcome” family for the first few weeks of school. To learn more, please contact our international student homestay coordinator.

Sometimes you don’t even have to say a word. Our “Circle H” magnets are a point of pride and can be seen all throughout Central PA. Did you know our current study body reflects seven counties and nearly 27 school districts? What about “Spirit Wear”? Every time you wear something that represents us, whether in the local department store, at the beach or just to cut the grass, you are an Academy ambassador. Or maybe, like me, you enjoy a cup (or three) of coffee each day. Why not use your “Circle H” coffee mug or tumbler? As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words…

Do you belong to local membership organizations such as a Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, networking organization or philanthropic group? Are you a realtor or contractor involved in a local or regional industry organization? Word-of-mouth is by far the best advertising for an independent school.

The Admission Office enjoys welcoming new families to our school community, but we cannot do it without you, our parents, students, friends, alumni, faculty, staff, grandparents, neighbors, and supporters. Thank you for supporting our efforts by what you do each day. It really is the little things that can make the biggest impact.

Learn more about Harrisburg Academy on our school website.