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The Gregory SchoolTwo important issues are under the spotlight this December: Enrollment and Arizona Tax Credits. I’d like to share a few thoughts about both.

Dear TGS Community:

Two important issues are under the spotlight this December: Enrollment and Arizona tax credits.   I’d like to share a few thoughts about both.

The Board of Trustees began a strategic planning process last spring that included a focus on increasing enrollment at TGS.  As a result, the trustees and administrative team have identified student recruitment and retention as a top priority this year. More students result in more opportunities for everyone: more course selections, more athletic teams, more instruments and voices, more revenue!   As part of this intentional effort to increase enrollment at each grade level, we’ve turned our attention to learning more about the individual experiences of the wonderful families and students who have already chosen The Gregory School.  For the past several weeks I have intentionally focused attention on our 8th grade families.

Specifically, individual meetings with parents and students have been scheduled to gather feedback about their experience in our middle school and discuss the important factors that form each family’s decision about their expectations for high school.   It is a pleasure to share with you some feedback collected this week at an 8th grade student lunch meeting:

“Dr. Sherrill, I’ve been here two years, and in all honesty, I can’t think of a single teacher or class that I’ve ever dreaded going to in all this time.   I love all of my teachers and classes.”   This sentiment was shared collectively among the group of students I met with this week as well as in previous lunch meetings.   How many middle schools in America can do that?

In addition to the student feedback, families expressed an interest in having an opportunity to meet with upper school faculty about the academic coursework that lies ahead.   Due to this helpful parental feedback, we will be holding such a gathering in late January.   Details will be forthcoming.

Arizona Tax Credits provide us with a unique opportunity to support our goal of increased enrollment.   Through both corporate and individual tax credits, we are able to offer full and partial school scholarships to deserving students and their families.    If you’ve not yet contributed to the individual tax credit program this year, I encourage you to watch our video to see just how easy it is to contribute.

If you have a business with corporate tax liability or know someone who does, please reach out to Sarajane Trier, Director of School Advancement (, or Merle Henkel, Director of Finance and Operations (   Either would be happy to assist you in learning more about how the corporate tax credit program works.

Student enrollment and Arizona tax credits play an important role in fostering a vibrant Gregory School learning community.   Thank you for giving and thank you for any feedback you can offer that will help us continue to improve the education we deliver to young people. 

Julie A. Sherrill, Ph.D.
Head of School


The Stilt Walkers Dr. Julie Sherrill
Dr. Julie Sherrill has spent over 20 years in educational leadership. Her academic credentials include an M.S. in Education Administration and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Curriculum Development and Teacher Professional Development.

The Gregory School is a place that is transforming learning and transforming students' lives. Gregory students lead institutions, they found movements, they invent technology, they run cities. Students leave TGS with a sense of agency; they believe they can change the world for the better and it is our aim to ensure we give them the knowledge, skills, experiences and confidence to do so.

Dr. Julie Sherrill

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