Van Beever of Wayne, PA, selected CFS based on the experience of his older brother, Winston (Class of 2015). "I chose CFS because my brother went there and had a great experience. Also Church Farm School seemed far more accepting than most other private schools. This turned out to be true." Having spent three years as a day student and one year (11th grade) as a boarder, Van has been able to appreciate all aspects of CFS life.
Van has thrived due to an extremely motivated peer group of students and supportive faculty. Says his father, Morgan, “The attention and structure has been great for Van. We never have to wake him up, remind him to do his homework or his laundry. There is no haranguing or double-checking what he’s doing, because that structure and expectation of achievement is the norm at CFS and the school has fostered an enthusiasm for academics and desire to succeed in Van.” Adds Van, "I’m proud of getting into all the colleges I’ve applied for, making the varsity golf team, making honors literature for nearly all of my years at CFS and making a lot of great friends along the way.
“CFS has given me more confidence in myself as a person that I can achieve nearly anything through hard work and some effort. It also taught me that I don’t need to put on a character in order to adapt to a new social environment.” Next year, Van plans to major in psychology and environmental sciences at his father's alma mater, The College of Wooster.