Taylor McNair ’17 has had a dynamite postgraduate year at Forman School, and it’s not over yet. The Girls’ Varsity Basketball Captain has led her team to the league championship, she was named a First Team All-Star in the Housatonic Valley Athletic League (HVAL) and the New England Prep School Women’s Basketball Association, her grades have improved dramatically, and her college prospects are very promising.
Her parents are proud. “Bernard and I could not be more pleased. Taylor accomplished what we prayed and hoped for. She is doing well academically, the team won the championship, and she has been accepted into several colleges,” Tonya McNair says. “Taylor's year at Forman has been phenomenal.”
What is it about Forman’s PG year that has made such a difference in Taylor’s life? “I’m able to be independent with my academics, or even with going to bed on time so I can meet all my commitments the next day,” Taylor says. “You have to be more independent with everything; it really prepares you for college.” Taylor wanted to attend Forman to boost her GPA so she could improve her college list and basketball opportunities, and that is exactly what has happened. “Here, I have been able to focus more on my academics. The teachers have helped out more. In public school there was a resource class, but they didn’t understand what was challenging for me. They do understand here, and they find out other ways to help me,” she explains. “My Executive Functioning class really taught me how to advocate for myself, while helping me understand the way I learn. Executive Functioning also helped me in other classes, because I have improved my note taking and the way I study. My favorite class is American Sign Language. For me, it is interesting and fun at the same time.”
Taylor has excelled on the basketball court as well, and she is finally getting the attention for which she has worked so hard. “I got into Curry, Wheelock, Cedar Crest, Newbury, and my top choice, Utica,” she says. “College coaches have been to a lot of my games and they were asking my parents for my schedule.” Just at the New England All-Star game in early March, five coaches came out to watch her play.
Unsurprisingly, Taylor was named Athlete of the Week at Forman in December. Forman Head Coach Jon Davis said, “Taylor is a very athletic wing who attacks defenses and uses her quickness to get to the hoop. She has set high expectations for herself and her teammates, and plays with a high level of intensity at all times. Taylor led the team in scoring this year and finished with averages of 15.7 points, 7 rebounds, and 3.5 steals per game.”
With her postgraduate year nearly complete, Taylor can see she has changed: “I would say that I’m more mature and I learned how to do things on my own. When I go to college, I will know how to self-advocate more and talk with my professors.” She now knows how to manage multiple priorities, focus on independence and get things done. Taylor said getting her homework done is sometimes as simple as going to a quiet spot in the library.
At Forman, it’s all about tailoring a learning plan for each individual student to thrive. And like many other students before her, Taylor has taken full advantage of all of the opportunities here. She’s begun to fly, and she’s ready to soar.