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!
FRANS KOSTER, 1991 TO 1995
Oliver Rathbone, 3rd grade
When Frans recently moved from the suburbs to New York City with his son Oliver his instincts were to return to familiar territory, which included enrolling Oliver at ARS. The main changes he notes at school are logistical (the classroom layout) and cosmetic (library renovation) but, most important, the school retains its moral compass. “It remains a special place.”
After two months in his new school Oliver said, “I love it here!” The biggest difference from his Westchester County School? There was no ethics class, and he studied Spanish instead of French and Mandarin. “What I really love is that we have one hour in the library,” he said.
When asked if Frans kept in touch with other alumni he pulled out a recent photo with four ARS classmates, one of whom he sees once a month, another twice a week!
Welcome Oliver, and welcome back Frans!
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