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Below are some comments from students, parents and community members about the impact Kensington Woods has made in their life.

"KWoods was literally a second home for me. The small teacher to student ratio provided me with the extra help I needed in some classes while the teaching styles also helped me prepare for my college career. However, what was really special about KWoods were the other students. My graduating class graduated as a family. We had all grown up together through the 4 years of high school. Most people I talk to that went to a larger school always say they graduated without knowing half the people in their class. But we were different, we knew everyone's names, we had developed close relationships and that is rare. KWoods isn't like a high school at all, it's a home. The teachers care and really push you which was very refreshing and the students aren't seen as numbers, they are seen as growing individuals."
Kensington Woods Alumni

"KWoods was a place that made me feel accepted. In a large school I was never able to create my own identity; KWoods gave the environment to grown into a more confident individual. I will always be thankful for all the experiences KWoods gave me."
Kensington Woods Alumni

"I see KWoods as a place that my child was allowed to work and grow at his own pace. Its not mainstream, all-or-nothing type of schooling. Its individualized, personalized. My son was able to grow and learn and actually ENJOY going to school. He was never taunted, never bullied. His teachers cared about him, truly cared about his success. A lot of those teachers influenced who he is today. When he maxxed out on science classes, administration made sure he was enrolled in college level science classes to keep him engaged. I'm not even kidding when I say KWoods saved my child. I'd only wished I'd found it earlier in his academic career. I cannot say enough good things about KWoods!"
Kensington Woods Parent

"It's a place that the teachers truly care. When I asked a question it was answered in a way I could understand. They would stay late to help me. I was provided many tools to prepare me for college. I enjoyed being there and felt safe and cared about and went from hating school to wanting to be in school."
Kensington Woods Alumni

“KWoods has made me more comfortable being myself. Everyone here is unique and we respect that.”
Kensington Woods Student

“At Kensington Woods, we develop a classroom and school atmosphere that is both challenging and friendly.”
Kensington Woods Teacher

“At Kensington Woods, the teachers really care about students learning and students care about and respect each other”
Kensington Woods Student


"KWoods is more than just a school. It is a family and everyone is accepted for who they are."
Kensington Wood Alumni

“At Kensington Woods, I feel safe. Everybody knows each other and gets along.”
Kensington Woods Student

"I came from a homeschooling environment and KWoods provided me with the same 1 on 1 and small class room sizes I was used to. That helped me stay comfortable. KWoods helped me prepare for college in a lot of ways, especially with the opportunity to travel abroad."
Kensington Woods Alumni

"The most important thing that I’ve learned while at KWHS is that no matter what comes my way, I will be prepared for it and be able to work through the problem. This school has taught me to become more mature and in that process it has shaped me to become an adult in today’s society. I know that I can make a difference in the world because Kensington Woods laid the foundation for me to build a skyscraper of possibilities.”
Kensington Woods Student

“Through leading by example, the teachers at Kensington Woods taught me that the right things don’t always bring the fortune or the fame, but in the end brings the satisfaction of knowing that you have
contributed to something greater than yourself.”
Kensington Woods Student

“Both of my children were floundering in the larger school district. After a day of shadowing, my kids told me immediately that this is where they wanted to attend school. My daughter, a seventh grader, enjoys the small class size and the one-on-one interaction with the teachers; she is able to be helped out before and after school if she needs any extra instruction. My son, a ninth grader, has matured greatly in this environment. He has learned that he can be himself without any fear of being picked on. As a parent I’ve found that the teachers are open ANY time to have a discussion about my kids.”
Kensington Woods Parent

“Kensington Woods is all about dedication to their student’s future. It has an excellent college preparatory curriculum in a small, intimate class setting with outstanding, caring, dedicated teachers. Kensington Woods is a small school with a very big heart. I am so happy I found Kensington Woods three years ago. Best decision I could have made.”
Kensington Woods Parent

“Over the years, some of the biggest supporters I’ve had of my dreams have been teachers. These teachers told me I should not care what others think or say, and I should never doubt what I can achieve. With the help and support of both teachers and my family, I have been able to expand and work towards my dream of being in the FBI. At Kensington Woods I have found that the teachers and administration encourage students to create their own path. Having a teacher or mentor believe in you can be the deciding factor of whether or not you have the courage to form your own path. We leave this building today to start the rest of our lives. It is exciting, frightening and a little overwhelming but we have been given the tools and the confidence to search out our own path and follow where it leads.”
Kensington Woods Student

“The teachers want you to excel and do your best! Going to class is actually interesting and now instead of dreading school, I love it.”
Kensington Woods Student

“Everyone is very understanding of each other which makes you feel safe. You really get the opportunity to explore and develop in the areas you’re most passionate about.”
Kensington Woods Student

“The staff at this school makes such a difference! They truly care about every single student and do whatever needs to be done to ensure they are successful! It feels like a family due to small class sizes.”
Kensington Woods Parent

“Kensington Woods gave me confidence in my work and has shown me how much responsibility matters.”
Kensington Woods Student

"I just wanted to write to thank you for the service that the Kensington Woods students performed at Wildwood during Project Term. The idea of installing community service and "giving back" into the mindset of high school students is an admirable endeavor, one that we have pursued for many years in the youth development of our participants. The philosophy that life cannot be all about me is an invaluable lesson. I hope that the remainder of your service projects help to engender these qualities in your students."
Sincerely,
David T. Long, Jr.
Executive Director, Wildwood Ranch

"When Kensington Woods says they are a small personal high school, they mean it. The personal attention that I get from the administration and the teachers is a testament to how much these folks care about my daughter's education. She's never learned so much, advanced so quickly and enjoyed school so much as she does at Kensington Woods."
Kensington Woods Parent

"The students aren't just a number, they are a person. The students and teachers all care a lot about each other. "
Kensington Woods Student

"As my team and I are now safely back in San Diego and beginning to process through the last 10 weeks, I am continuously drawn back to the day we spent with Kensington Woods. It was such a unique and incredible day for my team to get to know your students so well. I have never seen a group grab hold of this cause with such creativity and I can't wait to hear what you all do in the future!"
Andrea Ramsay
Invisible Children Great Lakes Representative

"The student/teacher relationships empower my children to take responsibility for their actions. The staff supports the students in understanding that opportunity is there for them, and encourages them to reach for their goals. The faculty also holds the students accountable for their actions and supports them in growing from the choices they make."
Kensington Woods Parent

"Because of the smaller environment, you are not lost in the crowd and you form a connection with the teachers. Teachers are more tuned into what students need to help them succeed because of those connections."
Kensington Woods Student

"We weren't comfortable with the "big" school scene for our kids. My kids feel very safe and comfortable at KWoods. We wanted a school that would prepare our kids for college and still give individual attention. We have found that at Kensington Woods."
Kensington Woods Parent

"I like the variety that Kensington Woods offers; I get to try lots of new things through the electives, clubs and sports. "
Kensington Woods Student

"Kensington Woods has been a boon for my high school daughter. An additional unexpected bonus is  discovering through taking art classes there that she wants to pursue something in art as a career. Being able to take art on a daily basis has taught her much not only about art but about structuring her time, due to the demands and high expectations with her classes.  She has developed confidence in her abilities and discovered that she has academic strengths that she would not have known without having to test them in classroom settings.  I am very grateful for this experience for her."
Kensington Woods Parent

"We at OLHSA and our OLHSA Housing Department would like to thank you and let you know how much we appreciated the time and effort yo and all the volunteers in the Service KWoods class put into the clean-up of the house located on Isbell street. Your great work efforts were a tremendous help in assisting us in being able to pass this house back in very good condition to the USDA. The Kensington Woods Program is awesome and I hope we can work together again."
Mary Knurick
Housing Coordinator, OLHSA

"At Kensington Woods, staff and students that know one another make time for respect and understanding. Both engage in meaningful conversations about real things; sometimes shared with parents. And occasionally real laughter tumbles down the hallway! Parents are invited to come, ask questions, get answers and see for themselves what is going on, because they know the teachers too. Personal discovery that is sometimes tough, happens each and every day. "
Kensington Woods Parent

"The purple and green bears proved they can do it! On a drive where we predicted you would collect 25 units of blood, you achieved 34 life-saving units (with one person who was a deferral and one QNS--unable to fill a bag). Your students and the public saved 102 lives this week. The blood will be available for distribution tomorrow! And KWHS was the MOST productive drive in all of the Great Lakes Blood Region Friday collecting 136% of goal, and a combined deferral rate of less than 6% (which normally averages 15-20%). Out of 16 drives we ran Friday, only 8 made goal, and you were the most productive one."
J. Michael Lenninger
Donor Recruitment Representative - Livingston County
American Red Cross - Great Lakes Blood Region

"Once I came to open house, when I had the opportunity to speak with the teachers, I knew that this is where my son belonged.  He has grown so much this year as a young man, and I know that a lot of that is attributed to your school!  He has grown academically, he has opened up a lot socially...and I think the best thing of all that he has learned is that he can be himself!  I love that about the school ....I often sit while I am waiting for him after school and just watch the kids come out and most times I smile...I notice they seem happy....accepted....they are all different in their own little individual ways, and yet they seem to have a sort of peace about them.  Its as if being at this school has made them feel better about themselves too, I think you have given them the opportunity to have a place that gives them a chance to really find themselves and grow!" 
Kensington Woods Parent