Avalon Enrollment Sees Sudden Spike

Avalon School Director of Admissions Sam Phillips indicated Thursday the school’s enrollment spiked in the past two weeks.

Phillips Profile

Sam Phillips, Avalon School Director of Admissions

Six transfer students who range from kindergarten to tenth enrolled at the Gaithersburg school in November. The students are kindergartener Emanuela Njoku, second grader Christopher Gersten, seventh grader, middle schoolers Michael Garner and Zac Harris, and high schoolers Brian Shaw and Ike Okwara.

Two of the newest Black Knights have family ties to Avalon. Gersten is the younger cousin of Liam, Michael, Gabriel and David Gersten, and Okwara, a tenth grader, is the brother of senior Kenny Okwara.

Additionally, the school entertained 10 shadow visitors in the last couple of weeks and a few transferred immediately after their look around.

Tenth grader Shaw, an Upper Marlboro resistant who came from Severn School, enrolled the day after his visit and Harris only needed a few days before he officially joined the school.

Several shadow visitors came due to the Nov. 2 Open House, which a handful of families attended.

“It’s not a commitment it’s just an opportunity for them to see the school up close and sit in the classes experience it for themselves,” said Phillips.

Phillips credits the great environment offered by the school along with committed and talented teachers as a major selling point.

“We have a great group of kids coming in, it’s a really good turn on the school.”

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