Communication

Helping you understand our approach, and keeping you in-the-know

Once your son or daughter begins with us, communication with you falls into three categories: in-person group sessions and discussions, written updates, and informal emails and calls.

We’ve designed these to ensure that you understand our approach (why and how we do the program) and that you are periodically kept aware of your son or daughter’s overall progress, goals, etc., without taking away from his/her ownership of their experience.

In-person group sessions:
Right after everyone has registered and moved through the logistical first steps, we divide into student and parent groups. While these typically last an hour to an hour and a half, it is a time for us to discuss what to expect for the initial start-up weeks of the program, to take any final questions, and to meet other parents.

Parent’s Days:
Twice a year (late September and early February), two to three weeks after your daughter or son has started the program, we spend a day with you. You get to come together with most of your parent peers for an interactive, in-depth view of our approach, discussion of our hopes and challenges, and a chance to hear from students and recent alumni. These days, designed by experienced Dynamy staff in consultation with national experts, have been called “invaluable,” “inspiring,” “relieving,” and “not-to-be-missed” by recent parents. One thing we promise, they’ll never be boring.

Check out our Blog for some further insight into the topics covered on Parent’s Day.

Written updates:
To give you insight into the individual progress and self-reflection of your son or daughter, we send you copies of:

  • his/her Fall and Spring Check-In, as well as his/her advisor’s, giving you the two most important viewpoints on how major components are going, as well as goal-setting;
  • the final narrative from his/her advisor as part of the closure to the year

In both cases, we send you these copies after your son or daughter completes discussing them with his/her advisor, in order to make clear that the process is one for them to own.

Informal calls and emails:
We will certainly initiate some calls and emails home to give you other more informal insight into your daughter or son’s year, and we welcome some from you, especially when important. You have important insight into your daughter or son, and you may want to flag us on concerns or accomplishments that you see.

However, we’ve also found that the more we communicate with parents, the less the students feel ultimately responsible for both their successes and their struggles. And recent research into this generation of American students reinforces this (see our Blog for more on this). So, we promise not to bring up every little thing to you if you will do the same for us—for the benefit of what we’re all here for: the students learning the responsibility for their own lives that serves as a critical foundation for success.