The goal of the Community Life Program is to provide experiences that contribute to the five core values of the school: character, commitment, community, involvement, and excellence.
The classroom is only one part of the Forman experience. Community Life involves the non-academic parts of the Forman program including dorm life, cultural events, social activities, community service, and a community curriculum that teaches various life skills.
The Forman experience places great emphasis on the opportunities for growth outside the classroom and off the athletic fields. These are also the times when meaningful personal relationships can develop.
All Forman students have an advisor. Students meet weekly with their advisor who serves as the link among the student, his or her teachers and the parents. Advisors help ensure that there is strong communication among all parties and can provide students with help and advice in dealing with an issue. Students are assigned an advisor upon enrollment and generally keep the same advisor for the duration of their time at the school.
Forman believes strongly in the value and importance of helping others. Each person in our School is responsible for making the community a better place to live. Students are expected to complete at least 10 community service hours per year. Forman provides opportunities on weekends to complete these hours, but students are also encouraged to complete the tasks on their own. Service is embedded in the culture of Forman School and students embrace their roles as members of our School and the greater community.
Aside from on-campus service wherever needed, students participate in off-campus opportunities including: the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, volunteer time with children, Bingo with the elderly, fleece blanket-making for local toy and blanket drives, and food collection for the food bank and grocery stores. Forman works with local organizations such as Litchfield Historical Society, the Gunn Historical Museum, FISH Food Bank, the Warner Theatre, Rose Haven Rest Home, KidsPlay Museum, and many more.
Dorm life is a vital and exciting part of the Forman experience. Forman has fourteen dorms which house from seven to twenty students. Small dorms promote a close-knit family atmosphere where each student gets to know his dorm mates and dorm parents very well. Some activities are built around dorm teamwork and cooperation. Living in a dorm environment is another way that Forman helps prepare students for a smooth transition to college life.
Our School dress code is designed to promote an academic environment where each student presents him or herself professionally. As current fashion and social
pressures encourage students to dress toward the social environment, not the classroom, we hope to teach the importance of representing oneself appropriately. It is the responsibility of the students and their parents to ensure that students dress according to school standards; and of the faculty to enforce those standards. Faculty may ask a student to change into appropriate clothing at any time. Please refer to the Student Handbook for our full dress code guidelines.
Outside the Classroom
Forman students take advantage of a variety of opportunities to pursue personal interests. These can involve clubs, the performing arts, including theater and music, community service, and special projects. Students can even propose their own ideas and work with other students and faculty to make them happen.