On November 8, Walter Payton opened its doors for the public to roam its hallways and explore the Payton experience. The grand affair was crowded with prospective students, parents, teachers, students and alumni. Open House is an annual event where middle schoolers from all around the city come to see the school and talk to current students and teachers. The line to get in is always long, but unbelievably worth the wait. Inside you found a table for almost every class, department, and activity the school has to offer. Most of us went to Payton’s Open House as an eager seventh or eighth grader before coming to Payton. It is interesting to look back on ourselves before we were in high school. We had the chance to interview a few prospective students that attended Open House on Saturday.
- Why did you come to this open house today? Many of the students interviewed were interested in Payton’s high rankings, location, and sports.
“I’ve been here before so I’ve seen it, but I really wanted to come back cause it’s just such a beautiful campus, and I know it’s one of the top schools” – Kiev Slokowski
“My cousin went here and he loved it.” – Audrey Holanu
“I’ve just heard it’s a really good school, and I’ve been trying to get really good grades to get in.” – Ben Brown
“It’s always gotten good reviews; a lot of my friends want to go here. Good academics, good sports, a well rounded school.” – eighth grader from A.G. Bell Elementary
- What’s your impression of the school? Prospective students found Payton’s student body very friendly and welcoming.
“I really like it so far.” – eighth grader from A.G. Bell Elementary
“This school is very friendly and it’s open to any eighth grader that’s coming here. The community is very close; it feels like the teachers are part of the student body, and overall I feel like its a great school.” – Mack Madorsky
“Seems like a really well rounded, fun place to be. Even if it wasn’t a school, it’d still be a fun place to be.” – eighth grader from A.G Bell Elementary
- What do you think you’d get out of going to Payton? General consensus was coming to Payton would introduce you to a well-rounded community rather than just a school.
“Definitely a sense of community. Everyone here seems so happy and nice.” – Audrey Holanu “I’ve heard [Payton] has really good math and language arts programs” – Ben Brown
“I like how they have a lot of programs for everyone. It’s not just sports-oriented or academics-oriented, there’s something for everyone. It’s like a community more than anything else, and I really like the idea of that.” – eighth grader from A.G Bell Elementary
- What parts of the open house were most appealing/interesting? Students found the self-guided tour beneficial as it allows students to delegate their time based on their interests.
“Acappella, that was interesting. Some dude was beatboxing.” -Mack Madorsky
“The ability to mill around and see whatever you want to see. The ability to talk to students.” – eighth grader from A.G Bell Elementary
- What do you see yourself in five years? When asked about the future, students were unsure as they need to get through high school first.
“A good college. University of Wisconsin, maybe. University of Michigan.” – Kiev Slokowski
“I would want to go to UT (University of Texas), ‘cause it’s nice and warm there, and it’s a good school. I don’t know what else, I’m in eighth grade.” – Mack Madorsky
“I haven’t thought about college yet, I’m in seventh grade. High school is more important to me right now.” – Ben Brown