After graduating from fifth grade, Lucas Fleischmann was apprehensive about moving on from the warm, family-like environment at ARS to the much larger Columbia Grammar and Prep.
“I remember my first day, I didn’t want to go, didn’t want to leave my friends,” he said. “But I’m so glad I did. Everything worked out great!”
The size of the school was the biggest adjustment for Lucas, who fondly remembers how everyone knew each other at ARS. “I miss it a little. Everyone was so close, I really related to them.”
Reflecting back, the best advice the current ninth grader can give our fifth graders is that “everything is going to be fine! ARS was a big part of your life but you’re going to have fun in your new school!” He stays in touch with ARS classmates, especially through social media.
Lucas is on the varsity track team and is an avid piano player, participating in annual recitals at Steinway Hall, and credits his ARS teachers for helping to develop those talents. Already looking ahead, he is interested in studying architectural design or engineering in college.
Thanks for coming back to visit, Lucas!
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