Greens Farms Academy is a PreK-12, coed school in Westport, CT

Ninth Annual State of the School

Ninth Annual State of the School

Head of School Bob Whelan, the Board of Trustees, parents, faculty and staff gathered Jan. 12 for the ninth annual State of the School. Towards the end of the program, Whelan gave audience members a look at the downfield goal to build a state-of-the-art Athletic and Wellness Center offering renderings and an architectural fly through of the envisioned space. Renderings of the new Lower School Dining Commons and assembly space were also shared. 

Beginning with a cocktail reception, the event showcased the two student acapella groups, Harbor Blues and Beachside Express. Following the musical moment, David Durkin P ‘18, ‘22, ‘23 shared an overview of the school’s financial outlook. 

“This evening is about community, continuity, and a shared purpose, and it feels right that we are here together celebrating the 9th State of the School, with the school’s highest enrollment just two years shy of our centennial,” he said. Durkin outlined GFA’s expenses, revenue, and total endowment, and noted that continuing to grow total endowment remains a top priority for the School. 

This year’s financial aid budget is a school record $5 million. GFA has increased financial aid over 52% over the past five years, providing aid to 34% more students in that period. As a result of this commitment, GFA provided financial aid grants to 139 students this year, contributing to the enrollment of students who bring an even greater range of perspective, skills, and talents in many different areas to our school.  

At last year’s State of the School, GFA’ Strategic Design was unveiled and Whelan invited school administrators to join him on stage to recount some of the investments that have taken place in the year following. After a video showcasing how curiosity fuels GFA students to lean into wonder, Head of School Bob Whelan invited Associate Head of School, Sue Teyan to give an update on Inquiry, Advanced Inquiry, and STEAM. With over 200 inquiry projects, participation is up 26 percent from last year.

Next, Jane Verlin, Head of Lower School, discussed program advancements in the Lower School curriculum and Reading Inquiry followed by Upper School counselor Stephanie Van Hatten, who gave an update on the growth of Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health. 

Lastly, Director of Athletics & Physical Education Eric Lee talked about the athletic experience, giving testament to the unmatched support and care GFA athletes receive both on and off the field. 

For a complete recording of State of the School, click here