Welcome from the Admission Team
We’re thrilled you’re considering your child’s future at Rowland Hall, where every student is empowered to reach their full potential.
A Note from our Admission Director
Students at Rowland Hall engage in a joyful educational journey that prepares them for college and beyond. Exceptional faculty and staff will know your student personally, and are committed to their holistic development. As students strive to reach their potential, we help them explore their roles as ethical members of a multicultural world. We’re dedicated to building a kind, inclusive community—it's one of our values—and your family will be welcomed into our school.
The best way to learn more about Rowland Hall is to connect with the Admission Team. I invite you to inquire to begin the conversation. We also offer open house events throughout the school year where you can tour campus, preview classes, and meet administrators, teachers, students, and parents. We think you’ll enjoy walking around our campuses, hearing the sounds of students learning: spirited dialogues, animated questions, and ripples of laughter. This is a place full of life.
Admission and financial aid applications are due February 15. Rowland Hall also considers applicants throughout the school year for grades where openings exist. We have a robust tuition assistance program to make pursuing a Rowland Hall education a possibility for every family.
We’re here to help as you search for the best school for your student. Please feel free to call or email. We look forward to hearing from you.
Kathryn Bradley Gundersen
Director of Admission
Rowland Hall was the right decision. It was a great investment. Our children are comfortable, confident, they appreciate hard work, and they appreciate what academic excellence can mean in their lives and how it contributes to their success.—Roger, parent of alumni
Rowland Hall’s Tips for Helping Your Elementary-Aged Child Succeed in Remote or Hybrid Learning Programs
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how children are learning—and how parents and caregivers are supporting them.
While some families have the option of full in-person learning, others will be facilitating remote learning or implementing a hybrid of in-person and distance learning long into spring 2021, leaving parents of elementary-aged children concerned about whether they are meeting their children’s educational, emotional, and social needs. To help support you and your child as you navigate this challenging time, Rowland Hall, an independent school in Salt Lake City, Utah, offers the following tips.
Establish a School Area in Your Home
Whether your child is learning from home full time or part time, a clutter- and distraction-free zone used expressly for the purpose of schoolwork can help them get into learning mode. Try to find an area cleared of various distractions—from favorite toys, to the television, to siblings—and explain that only school work should occur in this established zone.
Set up a Daily Routine
If possible, align your family’s schedule with regular school times as well as scheduled Zoom classes to help establish a predictable routine that roughly simulates the academic environment. This can go a long way in elevating your child’s learning. Be sure to add in breaks for physical activity, lunch, and snack time to help keep your child’s attention focused when it’s time to learn. But also remember that your child’s emotional needs may need to take priority against a perfectly timed schedule—children are feeling the pressures of the current situation, too, and may require accommodations at times.
Focus on Social-Emotional Learning
Social-emotional learning can be put into practice at home. Help your student find unique ways to connect with and serve others in age-appropriate ways.
Social-emotional learning—which builds skills around empathy, identifying and managing strong emotions, peaceful problem-solving, and respectful disagreements—can be put into practice at home as well. Help your student find unique ways to connect with and serve others in age-appropriate ways. For example, families with young children can supplement academic learning by baking a special treat for a neighbor to foster friendships, teach empathy, and show kindness. Families with older children can practice how to have productive discussions on political or social issues by harnessing what our teachers call the five skills of Deliberate Dialogue—open-mindedness, speaking, listening, responding, and reflecting.
Pay Attention to Your Child’s Mental Health
Normal stresses and concerns may be amplified by the pandemic. Watch young children for behaviors that indicate depression or elevated anxiety. Symptoms may include:
• Excessive sleeping or crying
• Reversion to younger behaviors
• An increased number of temper tantrums
If you have concerns about your child’s mental health, contact their school as soon as possible for support to help protect their well-being and ability to learn.
Discuss COVID-Conscious Behaviors
While children don’t tend to experience the same severity of COVID-19 symptoms as adults, they can still be carriers of the virus. If your student is participating in a hybrid learning program, talk about the importance of hand washing and wearing masks while at school (and let your child see you model these behaviors outside of school), and make sure your student understands any rules about social distancing during play times. Emphasize why we follow these guidelines: to keep everyone safe.
Promote Safe Socialization
Developing social skills is crucial during this formative time in your child’s life, but, unfortunately, the current situation makes normal socializing difficult. Thanks to vaccines, we are getting closer to being able to return to playdates and other activities, but it’s important to remind children that we all still need to take precautions for a bit longer. Take time to brainstorm with your child ways to safely socialize with friends and family during this time—consider Zoom play dates, co-watching a movie with friends, or a pen pal. Also think about safe and creative ways to foster friendship and community, like drive-by parades, neighborhood scavenger hunts, or pop-bys where you leave a small gift or surprise on a friend’s porch.
Prepare for a Return to In-Person Learning
With the increase in vaccinations nationwide, more schools are seeing a return to in-person learning. Begin preparing your child for this change now by talking about what to expect.
With the increase in vaccinations nationwide, more schools are seeing a return to in-person learning. Some students who have been learning from home may feel nervous about returning to the classroom. Begin preparing your child for this change now by talking about what to expect. Treat the process similar to how you prepare for a first day of school—frame the return in a positive way and express excitement over seeing friends and teachers in person. Share with your child how the school will protect their health—but if your student still expresses any fears or concerns, listen with an open mind. If you need help facilitating the return, talk with your child’s teacher about developing a plan together to allay your child’s fears.
Want More Information? Speak to Our Admission Team
We understand that uncertainty around school right now can be frustrating for families and that many are considering independent private schools like Rowland Hall to better fit their elementary-aged children’s needs. If you have concerns about your child’s learning situation, or want to learn more about the Utah remote and hybrid learning models available at Rowland Hall for the 2020–2021 school year, we encourage you to inquire with our school’s Admission Team here.
For some parents and caregivers, choosing a kindergarten program—one of the first steps of a child’s lifelong learning journey—can feel daunting. What makes one program better than another? Should I choose an all-day option? What kind of structure is best for my child? What sort of community fits our family?
To help guide your search, Rowland Hall, an independent private school in Salt Lake City, Utah, provides five things to look for when selecting a strong kindergarten program.
Enthusiastic and Inspired Teachers
The most important factor in a student’s success in school is whether they believe their teachers want them to succeed.
Early childhood learning is built on trust and meaningful relationships—research affirms that the most important factor in a student’s success in school is whether they believe their teachers want them to succeed. Additionally, teachers who are committed to their own professional growth are able to deliver the most salient, research-based pedagogy to their students.
A Welcoming and Warm Community
Look for a warm, welcoming, and inclusive community where you and your family will be valued. Also, consider if your participation is welcome—at the classroom level, in the parent-school organization, and in parent/caregiver education opportunities. Parents and caregivers are a vital ingredient in the supportive environment in which students thrive. Plus, getting involved at school is a way for you to get to know other families who share your values.
All school curricula are not created equally. An evidence-based kindergarten curriculum is most effective in supporting student growth and learning. While it may not always align with the way today’s parents were taught, it provides young children with the foundation they need to tackle the challenges of the future. Furthermore, this kind of high-quality early childhood education offers students opportunities to apply and integrate learning in authentic ways that are meaningful to them—leading to learning that sticks.
A strong kindergarten program is designed to connect individual students with challenges that optimize their learning. Children benefit from a dynamic approach to curriculum where special interests and individual skill levels are blended into integrated projects, studies, and play experiences. Children should be encouraged to learn from firsthand experience and to progress at their individual pace.
Direct Coaching and Instruction in Social-Emotional Learning
When students are proactively supported by teachers who have received SEL training, every child is well known.
A robust social-emotional learning (SEL) program that builds skills around empathy, identifying and managing strong emotions, and peaceful problem solving, including issues of equity and inclusion, is integral to a high-quality early childhood education. When students are proactively supported by teachers who have received SEL training, every child is well known, and no one slips through the cracks. Additionally, students who are encouraged to use kindness and cooperation skills are better prepared for a future where they will work alongside people who are different from them.
In this episode of princiPALS, Emma and Jij discuss some of the most inspiring things they’ve learned (so far) while educating preschool- and elementary-aged children during the pandemic, with a hope that their perspectives on in-person learning may help other educators—as well as answer some of the many questions parents and caregivers have as schools readjust learning models in 2021. Emma and Jij also draw on their lessons to create tips that will help parents and caregivers continue to support children (and themselves) at this time.
A Guide To Independent Private Schools: When To Consider Private vs. Charter vs. Public Education for Your Child
Choosing your child’s educational path can be a difficult decision further complicated by many options—from homeschooling, to online education, to public vs. charter schools, to private and independent schools.
Parents and caregivers must carefully consider their student’s individual needs and their goals for their child, and then balance those against their family’s time and resources.
As you weigh your options on where to enroll your child, use this guide to help you recognize when it’s worth considering private education. At Rowland Hall, a leading Utah independent private school, our friendly Admission Team can help answer any questions you may have as you consider your student’s future. To learn more about Utah’s leading independent private school, Rowland Hall, browse our website.
When Your Child Needs Academic Rigor and Accelerated Learning
Gifted and talented students may struggle in school if they aren’t academically challenged. An advantage of private school is that—due to small classes and the flexibility to teach the most meaningful, relevant curriculum possible—your child will be held to high academic standards, and consistently encouraged to take risks and strive for improvement.
Private education at an independent school is more comprehensive and holistic, catered toward caring for the whole child. Where public schools offer electives, private schools may require those electives as prerequisites for graduation, giving your child a more well-rounded school experience that includes arts, music, ethics, and community service.
According to a report by Gallup and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), “NAIS graduates scored higher on the ACT and SAT, on average, and were more engaged as seniors in high school” than graduates from public and non-NAIS private high schools.
Higher academic rigor and a curriculum that promotes applied learning often produce better results. According to a report by Gallup and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)—of which Rowland Hall is a member—“NAIS graduates scored higher on the ACT and SAT, on average, and were more engaged as seniors in high school” than graduates from public and non-NAIS private high schools.
Rowland Hall sets the standard for teaching and learning excellence. Our teachers receive constant training and support to stay abreast of best practices and maximize outcomes for students. Our students, in turn, receive a strong knowledge base in math, science, world languages, English, and history. They’re offered electives in choral and instrumental music, theatre, dance, visual media, debate, physical fitness, and competitive sports. Plus, Rowland Hall students have unique access to experiential, hands-on, and inventive courses that include field studies and class trips.
As your student progresses, Rowland Hall’s Upper School offers over 20 advanced and honors courses to challenge and engage our high-performing students.
When Your Child Needs a Lower Student-to-Teacher Ratio
At Rowland Hall, the student-to-teacher ratio is 10:1.
Why is this important?
A lower student-to-teacher ratio allows more interaction and encourages your child to increase their participation level. Teachers will truly know your child, celebrate their individuality, and provide guidance, instruction, and feedback that’s appropriate for their learning style.
In public schools with large student-to-teacher ratios, educators may need to teach to the middle of the class, potentially neglecting students at the upper or lower end of the academic spectrum. Students who have different learning styles and would benefit from more personalized attention may fall through the cracks.
When College Is Your Goal
NAIS graduates progress through college more consistently—and are more likely to seek out key undergraduate opportunities associated with positive long-term outcomes—than public and non-NAIS private high school graduates.—NAIS-Gallup report
Rowland Hall offers a college-preparatory program that has helped thousands of students attend and excel at institutions for higher education. According to the NAIS-Gallup report, the college matriculation rate is nearly 100% for students who attend NAIS schools. Plus, "NAIS graduates progress through college more consistently—and are more likely to seek out key undergraduate opportunities associated with positive long-term outcomes—than public and non-NAIS private high school graduates."
In our Upper School, your student will work closely with our college counselors to find and gain admission to the institution that best fits their academic interests, career goals, and financial considerations. In a typical year, our seniors earn admission to over 100 colleges and universities across the world, and perhaps more importantly, about three-quarters of them receive at least one merit scholarship.
When You Want Your Personal Values to Align with the School’s Mission
At private and independent schools, there is an emphasis on values, ethics, and community service. Many of these schools hold students to high ethical standards, and teachers and coaches weave relevant life lessons into classes and extracurriculars alike. When compassion and empathy are part of a school’s culture, young learners are less distracted by disciplinary problems. Students who have experienced bullying or social anxiety in public schools often find the inclusive and welcoming culture of Rowland Hall to be a refreshing change.
Many independent schools don’t stop at a culture of kindness—they encourage students to take action outside the classroom. Community service opportunities instill a sense of civic duty and emphasize the importance of contributing to society. At Rowland Hall, we promote the pursuit of not only academic excellence, but personal excellence as well.
Our five core values are:
- Think Deeply
- Learn for Life
- Welcome Everyone
- Live with Purpose
- Relationships Matter
When You Want to Develop a Well-Rounded Person Who Will Positively Impact the World
Contrary to popular belief, accredited independent schools aren’t narrowly focused on academic rigor, high test scores, and ensuring all alumni attend elite colleges. Rather, many private programs help students understand how they fit into a large, diverse world.
When private schools prioritize caring for the whole child, students’ social-emotional health becomes paramount. Contrary to popular belief, accredited independent schools aren’t narrowly focused on academic rigor, high test scores, and ensuring all alumni attend elite colleges. Rather, many private programs help students understand how they fit into the larger world. Independent school teachers and mentors instill in students how the knowledge they acquire can be applied to help a diverse society, and not just used for material gain.
At Rowland Hall, social-emotional learning is central to the student experience. Our youngest learners practice identifying emotions and expressing themselves in constructive ways. As students grow, we focus on positive peer interactions, empathy, increased personal responsibility, and making good choices. Students interested in digging deeper and making a difference are encouraged to join related clubs and committees, from sustainability to social justice. And throughout our students’ journeys, our dedicated, expert counselors meet with students in groups and individually to ensure they feel supported.
When to Choose Rowland Hall, a Leading Utah Independent Private School
When choosing between types of schools in Utah—private vs. charter vs. public schools—parents need to do their due diligence. Due to low or no tuition, Utah’s charter schools seem like the perfect cross between public and private schools; however, in terms of academic performance, charter schools may not rank any higher than neighboring public schools. According to the think tank the Brookings Institution, "charter school students, in general, perform about the same as their matched peers in the traditional public schools." And here in Utah—as reported by The Salt Lake Tribune, KUTV, and other outlets—some charter schools are prompting questions around oversight, money management, and effectiveness.
Before making a decision on whether to send your child to a private school, a charter school, or a public school, consider attending one of our admission events or contacting our Admission Team to arrange an outdoor visit. They can also answer your specific questions or connect you with Rowland Hall students or alumni to help you get a sense of school culture, academic expectations, and extracurricular activities. Let us help you assess your student’s needs and determine whether our curriculum and program is the best fit for your family.
Our two campuses are conveniently and centrally located in Salt Lake City, Utah. We offer preschool through high school and a robust tuition-assistance program, and we’re committed to our value of welcoming everyone. We’ve found that the most meaningful learning occurs in a school community of people from various backgrounds, encompassing differences in the human experience—ethnicity, race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and more.