The Scates family are new to Brook Hill this year, and they couldn’t be happier about their choice. We have loved hearing about their journey to Brook Hill and are excited to share it with you!
Mollianna and Cole Scates were raised in the Tyler area, both attending local public high schools. When it came to education options for their family, they explored both public and private options. “We felt it was so important to do our ‘due diligence’ as parents in making such a big decision for our boys,” says Mollianna. So, many tours were taken and recommendations by family and friends considered.
Mollianna took a step further into the given recommendations, talking to current Brook Hill parents and students. She felt these were important conversations to have as it was a firsthand perspective from not only parents who want the best for their children, but also from students who were living it everyday. The Scates said these conversations provided a “good look into our children’s happiness on campus and the possibilities for their future.”
When it came down to time to get serious, many families had encouraged the Scates to attend the Lower School Look & See in the Fall. Prior to the admissions event, Mollianna had done a lot of research. She was well informed on Brook Hill, but Cole went in knowing little to none about the school. This night had the potential to make or break their decision.
Lucky for us, Mollianna shared, “the Look & See sealed the deal for us.” Hearing teachers, administrators, and even alumni with children now at Brook Hill share their heart made the Scates feel like their children would be in the best hands possible. Cole even shared with his wife on the way home, “It feels right. That’s where I want my son to go. I think he would be happy there.”
Ultimately, the deciding factors in their decision were not things the Scates were evaluating going in. Rather, it was the programs they learned about through the admissions process that they felt gave their children a head start before their college years. They felt the lessons learned and hands on experiences in these programs could be applied to their children’s lives. “We were very impressed with the programs the school offers its students that simply can’t be found anywhere else,” said Mollianna. She bragged on the Guard Dog, Boarding, and Business Programs, and the ways Brook Hill bridged the gap between the upper and lower schools.
These programs and experiences coupled with the element of faith that Brook Hill embodies strengthened their decision as they described the Christian environment as “unparalleled.” The Scates shared that the mission of Brook Hill aligns with what they believe as a family, and they believed that the message of faith would be solidified for their children as it is reinforced everyday at home and in school.
Now, only a few months into the school year, the Scates have been a witness to this reinforcement. “The teachers and faculty that have already poured into my son are beyond what we hoped and prayed for,” said Mollianna.
“The best thing thus far, is the huge smile on his face when we drop him off and pick him up every day. Nothing makes a parent feel like they made the right choice more than a happy kiddo!”
“We chose Brook Hill because we feel our children have the opportunity to grow and excel in all aspects of their education, athletics, their faith, and forming their character,” shared Mollianna. Throughout the decision making process the Scates received love and warmth from the many people that make up what they know now is, “The Brook Hill Family.”