One often hears day students say they enjoy “the best of both worlds.” Apparently, this phrase means that they enjoy all of the benefits of the Middlesex program while sleeping at home with the family dog under the bed. While it would be wrong to maintain that one world is superior to the other, we can say that the gravitational pull of Middlesex for day students is both significant and benevolent. We want day students to be here to profit from the full experience of a residential school, and we part with them grudgingly.
Though Middlesex is oriented towards a 24-hour-a-day living experience, day students form a critical mass crucial to the School’s strength. They participate in the life of the School through our four day houses: Winsor, Bateman, Estabrook, and Lowell. These houses organize day students into groups approximately the size of boarding houses (25-30) for the purpose of community life programming, student activities, and pure bonding.
Day students participate in all areas of school life. At night you’ll find day students huddled with boarders in the library for a group study session. On Saturday afternoons day students and boarders alike fill the stands of the hockey rink as they cheer for the Zebras. Afterwards, they’ll all head to the dining hall for some dinner before the school-wide dance.
Day students come from many surrounding communities and from varying distances, all adding significantly to the diversity of talent, background, and character of the school. Our day students are a crucial part of the school’s present and past, and we profit from the distinctive features of their universe just as we hope they will profit from the distinctive features of ours.