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What Makes Belle Meade Special?

The following comments were written by students and staff during our last day of school pool party in May 2021.

What Belle Meade Means to Students and Staff

I love how much individual attention we get and that we are allowed to move at our own pace. I have never found anywhere as supportive or welcoming. — Alyssa

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I’ve never seen a school promote independence so effectively. In this world, that may be the most important thing to teach and learn. — Joseph

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It allows for fun, hands-on education in which you participate in class instead of just watching and spacing out.
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This is one huge family with great siblings.

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I enjoy the welcoming environment that allows me to be my authentic self whilst making valuable friends and learning important skills.

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I love this place so much and it’s helped me in many ways and I feel that this place can grow.

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We have stuff, things and even et cetera.

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Belle Meade has given me a strong sense of community and responsibility. Working on the farm has become something that I truly enjoy while also teaching me useful skills. The size of the school also brings us together and built some very strong friendships.

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You learn more stuff and trucks. — Archie

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There are really good hikes and you get more of an ability to connect with the other students. Also amazing DOGS.

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The welcoming people and the variety of interests.

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Life lessons and fun!

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This school far exceeds anyone’s expectations — whether that be through surprisingly enjoyable farm work or phenomenal teaching. Belle Meade cultivates a thriving and welcoming atmosphere that is absolutely wonderful to be a part of.

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I love this school because it is a non-judgment place. The teaching is great and adjusted to your abilities. It is always fun and we always have a good time.

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This school is incredible for a few reasons that all are very unique to Belle Meade. Here, we get given freedom and are trusted until or if we prove untrustworthy. We spend a lot more time outside than other schools and I think it is highly beneficial to our education. Because it is such a small school we are able to build connections with everyone. I’ve only been here one year and I’ve made friends I hope to keep forever.

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Belle Meade is a very special place. I have been here for 8 years and every day I come to school I love it a little more. The experiences and opportunities Belle Meade has given me has turned me into the person I am today. The real world experiences they provide are very beneficial. I have enjoyed my time at Belle Made and will miss it so much once I leave.

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Socialization.

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Belle Meade affords us (teachers) the opportunity to support students as they explore their world and gain self-confidence. — Sue

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What does Belle Meade offer? That’s hard to put down in less than a dissertation. I’ll start with a conversation with my mother last night. She taught high school for several decades. Mom: “When do your students graduate?” Me: ”They graduated on Tuesday.” Mom: “And they’re still coming to school?” “Yeah, they want to be here. Graduation means you have to leave, not that you get to.”

Yesterday during conferences a set of parents talked about what Belle Meade did for their daughter after one year. She had not been happy with school or willing to work. That changed rapidly here. On Memorial Day she told them she was glad it was Monday. Mom asked why. “Because tomorrow is Tuesday and I get to go back to school.”

In my years here, I’ve seen advanced students grow even more, non verbal teenagers begin speaking, learn to write, and go to college, kids that found their passions and their own voices, and many, many people learning to love, accept themselves, and work. A sense of community runs strong and builds quickly. Graduates keep in contact and come visit.

Students here are met where they are; recognize they are cared for. “I love you.” is a common phrase — FROM TEENAGERS.

They learn to think, analyze, synthesize, and apply. Learning is much more than facts. What you do with it, what you become, and how you impact the world matters.
–John Glass
Head of School

Photos of original notebook.