ALUMNI REFLECTIONS

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Cassandra Wiesner

"I feel like I have accomplished so much through my years after leaving IDEAL and I wouldn’t trade it for the world."


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Sean Jassenoff

"I gained the confidence to be myself. I understand the importance of being me. Thanks to IDEAL, I was ready to leave home and attend Loomis Chaffee School."


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Gabrielle Gray-Case

"As I successfully complete my freshman year in college on a full scholarship, I believe my time at IDEAL both prepared me and nurtured me and I’m extremely grateful for the foundation IDEAL provided."


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Isabella Watson

"IDEAL made me a self-reliant person. It gave me assurance to continue my big dreams for the future, to become an Olympic Equestrian."


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Virginia Tadini

"My experience at IDEAL informed both my creativity and academic successes. I see IDEAL school as an indispensable part of my education!"


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Camila Ramirez

"Being able to understand how I learn in such a supportive environment has really allowed me to follow my dreams!"


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Kali Ashurst

"IDEAL prepared me for my future by teaching me about emotional intelligence, critical thinking, and leadership. Wherever life takes me, I know that the time I spent at IDEAL will forever hold a special place in my heart."


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Claire Romine

"Most people cringe when they look back at their middle school selves, and while that may be true for me, my awkward phase was received with nothing but love and support. I never felt anything less than completely comfortable being as “quirky” as I needed to be."


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Bria Butler

"Thanks to IDEAL, I learned respect and how to be cordial at a young age. I understand the importance of the simple things, like making eye contact and shaking hands. The value of education in a supportive environment with inspirational teachers and staff taught me that anyone can learn and achieve with the right support."


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Parker Barry

"The most important thing was that during my time at IDEAL, is that I always felt challenged enough to continue to grow in my learning and have fun doing it! I am grateful for all that I learned at IDEAL and what it has helped me to achieve!"


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Cassie Yarbrough

"Something that I get asked a lot is, “How hard was it to transition from a private school to a big public high school?” My immediate reaction is to always laugh; but then I tell them how incredibly life-changing my time at IDEAL was and how they greatly prepared me for anything that the real world had to throw at me."


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Grant Ganzi

"What I gained at IDEAL were relationships that would last me a lifetime, as well as, virtues and leadership values that helped me excel in academics past my time at the school. I have the confidence and the interpersonal skills to succeed in any opportunities that present themselves in my future."


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Angela Gonzalez

"It prepared me for the academic challenges that came with IB, especially since much of the work required analytical and critical thinking skills that IDEAL Middle provided. I learned how I learn and I have been able to tailor my education to me. IDEAL truly prepared me for my future."


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Jordan Campbell

"Thanks to IDEAL, I know how to have that balance and I have been able to thrive academically and artistically without draining myself mentally and I know that this sets me apart."


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Michael Amador

"I am grateful for all of the opportunities IDEAL has exposed me to and for what my experience has helped me achieve so far! I feel that my years there gave me the confidence to apply for the leadership roles that I am working toward."


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Jack Donovan

"IDEAL taught me to be confident in myself and not to be afraid of what people think of me and people skills that help me to build strong connections with teachers and classmates. I think my time at IDEAL was very beneficial towards my future and I don’t think I would be where I am today without it."


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Claire Shirey

"IDEAL made me who I am today, and more importantly, guides my vision for the person I hope to become. For that, I am forever grateful."


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Kayla Friedlander

"I want to thank all the IDEAL teachers for getting me where I am today. I couldn’t have done it without you! The skills that you have given me have helped me to grow in ways that I never thought I would. Thank you."


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