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Scattergood students come from Iowa, all over the United States and many different countries.  Students who thrive at Scattergood are independent, self-motivated and love to learn.  Some are Quakers and some come from other faith traditions but all are passionate about community, equality, simplicity and social justice.  Most of students live on campus as boarding students, but we do enroll day students from the Iowa City area.  

Will I have a roommate?
Yes.  We believe many valuable learning experiences happen in the dorm. Learning to live with a roommate, regardless of mood, study habits or sleep patterns is a valuable part of learning how to live in a community. We generally match new students with returning students.  At semester break, students have the option of changing rooms and roommates.

Can I bring a microwave, refrigerator or television?
No.  Dorm lounges are equipped with both refrigerators and microwaves and there is a television located in the student lounge.   Movies are often shown on the weekend and students can watch programs via the internet during free time. 

Can I bring my own cell phone or electronics?
Sure!  We have campus-wide wifi.  Each student is provided with a laptop, but you can bring your own if you prefer.  Cell phones must stay in the dorm facility at all times (unless you're going off campus).  Laptops, tablets, cell phones (or any device that connects to the internet or sends text messages) must be turned in each evening at lights out.  This ensures a more restful and balanced environment for you and your roommate!  There are also landline phones available in both dorms.
 
I'm not a Quaker... what's it really like to go to a Quaker school?[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"664","attributes":{"alt":"Students picking apples","class":"media-image media-image-left","style":"line-height: 1.538em; height: 250px; width: 250px; margin: 10px; float: left;","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]
The Class of 2014 has written Quakerism: A Guide for New Students
 
Who will wake me up in the morning?
Students are responsible for getting themselves up and arriving to breakfast and Collection on time.  Consistently missing Collection or weekend breakfast/check-in can result in a loss of privledges.
 
What do I do if I get sick?
Scattergood has Health Coordinator (a Licensed Practical Nurse) on staff who evaluates students' medical needs. If a student is sick and needs to be excused from classes, the student can either come down to the Health Office, or send a friend if they are too ill, before their first required activity.   The Health Coordinator will determine if the student needs to stay in bed or if they are well enough to go to class.  If professional medical attention is needed, a staff member will take the student to either the doctor’s office in West Branch, or in event of an emergency, to the hospital in Iowa City.
 
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Meals are cooked in our kitchen and served family-style.  Almost all of the meat (beef, lamb, turkey and pork) and much of the vegetables (too many to list!) come from our certified organic farm.  Our talented cooks make great use of these wonderful resources and eating fresh and local is a delicious reality.  There is a great salad bar at every lunch and dinner and every meal has vegetarian, gluten- and dairy-free options.  Our fare ranges from American standards like pizza to ethnic favorites like Pad Thai.  
 
How big is the average class size?
The average class is between 7 to 12 students, though some P.E. classes can be as large as 20.   
 
How do my parents learn how I'm doing in class?
Each month, parents and students receive progress reports.  The reports inform the parents how the student is doing in every class and four times a year the reports include an evaluation of the student's participation in community life. If a student is ever in danger of receiving a "not passing" or a "no pass" on their grade report, an Academic Alert will be sent out to the parent/guardian as well as given to the student. The Academic Alert goes out about one week before the end of the block. It gives a detailed summary of what the student needs to do in the class in order for them to receive a passing mark. The Academic Dean is available for questions about the reports or your child's academic performance in general. Parents can also contact teachers and advisors directly via email or telephone if they have questions about a specific class.
 
Can students have cars on campus?
No.  Unless a student is Day Student and given special permission from the Assistant Head and the Head of School, they are not allowed to have a car on campus. If permission is granted, the car may only be used to transport the student to school and home. Students with cars may never transport another student off campus.
 
How will I get supplies and toiletries?
Students may walk or bike to West Branch or sign up for Town Trip on the weekends, which will take them to Iowa City if they need supplies.  Advisors can help coordinate shopping, if necessary.
 
How much spending money will I need?
Free time is pretty limited during the week and Town Trip fills up fast.  Most students need somewhere between $20 and $50 per month.
 
 
 
 
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Girls dorm roomWhat types of students come to Scattergood?
Scattergood students come from Iowa, all over the United States and many different countries.  Students who thrive at Scattergood are independent, self-motivated and love to learn.  Some are Quakers and some come from other faith traditions but all are passionate about community, equality, simplicity and social justice.  Most of students live on campus as boarding students, but we do enroll day students from the Iowa City area.  

Will I have a roommate?
Yes.  We believe many valuable learning experiences happen in the dorm. Learning to live with a roommate, regardless of mood, study habits or sleep patterns is a valuable part of learning how to live in a community. We generally match new students with returning students.  At semester break, students have the option of changing rooms and roommates.

Can I bring a microwave, refrigerator or television?
No.  Dorm lounges are equipped with both refrigerators and microwaves and there is a television located in the student lounge.   Movies are often shown on the weekend and students can watch programs via the internet during free time. 

Can I bring my own cell phone or electronics?
Sure!  We have campus-wide wifi.  Each student is provided with a laptop, but you can bring your own if you prefer.  Cell phones must stay in the dorm facility at all times (unless you're going off campus).  Laptops, tablets, cell phones (or any device that connects to the internet or sends text messages) must be turned in each evening at lights out.  This ensures a more restful and balanced environment for you and your roommate!  There are also landline phones available in both dorms.
 
I'm not a Quaker... what's it really like to go to a Quaker school?Students picking apples
The Class of 2014 has written Quakerism: A Guide for New Students
 
Who will wake me up in the morning?
Students are responsible for getting themselves up and arriving to breakfast and Collection on time.  Consistently missing Collection or weekend breakfast/check-in can result in a loss of privledges.
 
What do I do if I get sick?
Scattergood has Health Coordinator (a Licensed Practical Nurse) on staff who evaluates students' medical needs. If a student is sick and needs to be excused from classes, the student can either come down to the Health Office, or send a friend if they are too ill, before their first required activity.   The Health Coordinator will determine if the student needs to stay in bed or if they are well enough to go to class.  If professional medical attention is needed, a staff member will take the student to either the doctor’s office in West Branch, or in event of an emergency, to the hospital in Iowa City.
 
Food at ScattergoodWhat kind of food will I eat?
Meals are cooked in our kitchen and served family-style.  Almost all of the meat (beef, lamb, turkey and pork) and much of the vegetables (too many to list!) come from our certified organic farm.  Our talented cooks make great use of these wonderful resources and eating fresh and local is a delicious reality.  There is a great salad bar at every lunch and dinner and every meal has vegetarian, gluten- and dairy-free options.  Our fare ranges from American standards like pizza to ethnic favorites like Pad Thai.  
 
How big is the average class size?
The average class is between 7 to 12 students, though some P.E. classes can be as large as 20.   
 
How do my parents learn how I'm doing in class?
Each month, parents and students receive progress reports.  The reports inform the parents how the student is doing in every class and four times a year the reports include an evaluation of the student's participation in community life. If a student is ever in danger of receiving a "not passing" or a "no pass" on their grade report, an Academic Alert will be sent out to the parent/guardian as well as given to the student. The Academic Alert goes out about one week before the end of the block. It gives a detailed summary of what the student needs to do in the class in order for them to receive a passing mark. The Academic Dean is available for questions about the reports or your child's academic performance in general. Parents can also contact teachers and advisors directly via email or telephone if they have questions about a specific class.
 
Can students have cars on campus?
No.  Unless a student is Day Student and given special permission from the Assistant Head and the Head of School, they are not allowed to have a car on campus. If permission is granted, the car may only be used to transport the student to school and home. Students with cars may never transport another student off campus.
 
How will I get supplies and toiletries?
Students may walk or bike to West Branch or sign up for Town Trip on the weekends, which will take them to Iowa City if they need supplies.  Advisors can help coordinate shopping, if necessary.
 
How much spending money will I need?
Free time is pretty limited during the week and Town Trip fills up fast.  Most students need somewhere between $20 and $50 per month.
 
 
 
 
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Scattergood students come from Iowa, all over the United States and many different countries.  Students who thrive at Scattergood are independent, self-motivated and love to learn.  Some are Quakers and some come from other faith traditions but all are passionate about community, equality, simplicity and social justice.  Most of students live on campus as boarding students, but we do enroll day students from the Iowa City area.  

Will I have a roommate?
Yes.  We believe many valuable learning experiences happen in the dorm. Learning to live with a roommate, regardless of mood, study habits or sleep patterns is a valuable part of learning how to live in a community. We generally match new students with returning students.  At semester break, students have the option of changing rooms and roommates.

Can I bring a microwave, refrigerator or television?
No.  Dorm lounges are equipped with both refrigerators and microwaves and there is a television located in the student lounge.   Movies are often shown on the weekend and students can watch programs via the internet during free time. 

Can I bring my own cell phone or electronics?
Sure!  We have campus-wide wifi.  Each student is provided with a laptop, but you can bring your own if you prefer.  Cell phones must stay in the dorm facility at all times (unless you're going off campus).  Laptops, tablets, cell phones (or any device that connects to the internet or sends text messages) must be turned in each evening at lights out.  This ensures a more restful and balanced environment for you and your roommate!  There are also landline phones available in both dorms.
 
I'm not a Quaker... what's it really like to go to a Quaker school?[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"664","attributes":{"alt":"Students picking apples","class":"media-image media-image-left","style":"line-height: 1.538em; height: 250px; width: 250px; margin: 10px; float: left;","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]
The Class of 2014 has written Quakerism: A Guide for New Students
 
Who will wake me up in the morning?
Students are responsible for getting themselves up and arriving to breakfast and Collection on time.  Consistently missing Collection or weekend breakfast/check-in can result in a loss of privledges.
 
What do I do if I get sick?
Scattergood has Health Coordinator (a Licensed Practical Nurse) on staff who evaluates students' medical needs. If a student is sick and needs to be excused from classes, the student can either come down to the Health Office, or send a friend if they are too ill, before their first required activity.   The Health Coordinator will determine if the student needs to stay in bed or if they are well enough to go to class.  If professional medical attention is needed, a staff member will take the student to either the doctor’s office in West Branch, or in event of an emergency, to the hospital in Iowa City.
 
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Meals are cooked in our kitchen and served family-style.  Almost all of the meat (beef, lamb, turkey and pork) and much of the vegetables (too many to list!) come from our certified organic farm.  Our talented cooks make great use of these wonderful resources and eating fresh and local is a delicious reality.  There is a great salad bar at every lunch and dinner and every meal has vegetarian, gluten- and dairy-free options.  Our fare ranges from American standards like pizza to ethnic favorites like Pad Thai.  
 
How big is the average class size?
The average class is between 7 to 12 students, though some P.E. classes can be as large as 20.   
 
How do my parents learn how I'm doing in class?
Each month, parents and students receive progress reports.  The reports inform the parents how the student is doing in every class and four times a year the reports include an evaluation of the student's participation in community life. If a student is ever in danger of receiving a "not passing" or a "no pass" on their grade report, an Academic Alert will be sent out to the parent/guardian as well as given to the student. The Academic Alert goes out about one week before the end of the block. It gives a detailed summary of what the student needs to do in the class in order for them to receive a passing mark. The Academic Dean is available for questions about the reports or your child's academic performance in general. Parents can also contact teachers and advisors directly via email or telephone if they have questions about a specific class.
 
Can students have cars on campus?
No.  Unless a student is Day Student and given special permission from the Assistant Head and the Head of School, they are not allowed to have a car on campus. If permission is granted, the car may only be used to transport the student to school and home. Students with cars may never transport another student off campus.
 
How will I get supplies and toiletries?
Students may walk or bike to West Branch or sign up for Town Trip on the weekends, which will take them to Iowa City if they need supplies.  Advisors can help coordinate shopping, if necessary.
 
How much spending money will I need?
Free time is pretty limited during the week and Town Trip fills up fast.  Most students need somewhere between $20 and $50 per month.
 
 
 
 
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Girls dorm roomWhat types of students come to Scattergood?
Scattergood students come from Iowa, all over the United States and many different countries.  Students who thrive at Scattergood are independent, self-motivated and love to learn.  Some are Quakers and some come from other faith traditions but all are passionate about community, equality, simplicity and social justice.  Most of students live on campus as boarding students, but we do enroll day students from the Iowa City area.  

Will I have a roommate?
Yes.  We believe many valuable learning experiences happen in the dorm. Learning to live with a roommate, regardless of mood, study habits or sleep patterns is a valuable part of learning how to live in a community. We generally match new students with returning students.  At semester break, students have the option of changing rooms and roommates.

Can I bring a microwave, refrigerator or television?
No.  Dorm lounges are equipped with both refrigerators and microwaves and there is a television located in the student lounge.   Movies are often shown on the weekend and students can watch programs via the internet during free time. 

Can I bring my own cell phone or electronics?
Sure!  We have campus-wide wifi.  Each student is provided with a laptop, but you can bring your own if you prefer.  Cell phones must stay in the dorm facility at all times (unless you're going off campus).  Laptops, tablets, cell phones (or any device that connects to the internet or sends text messages) must be turned in each evening at lights out.  This ensures a more restful and balanced environment for you and your roommate!  There are also landline phones available in both dorms.
 
I'm not a Quaker... what's it really like to go to a Quaker school?Students picking apples
The Class of 2014 has written Quakerism: A Guide for New Students
 
Who will wake me up in the morning?
Students are responsible for getting themselves up and arriving to breakfast and Collection on time.  Consistently missing Collection or weekend breakfast/check-in can result in a loss of privledges.
 
What do I do if I get sick?
Scattergood has Health Coordinator (a Licensed Practical Nurse) on staff who evaluates students' medical needs. If a student is sick and needs to be excused from classes, the student can either come down to the Health Office, or send a friend if they are too ill, before their first required activity.   The Health Coordinator will determine if the student needs to stay in bed or if they are well enough to go to class.  If professional medical attention is needed, a staff member will take the student to either the doctor’s office in West Branch, or in event of an emergency, to the hospital in Iowa City.
 
Food at ScattergoodWhat kind of food will I eat?
Meals are cooked in our kitchen and served family-style.  Almost all of the meat (beef, lamb, turkey and pork) and much of the vegetables (too many to list!) come from our certified organic farm.  Our talented cooks make great use of these wonderful resources and eating fresh and local is a delicious reality.  There is a great salad bar at every lunch and dinner and every meal has vegetarian, gluten- and dairy-free options.  Our fare ranges from American standards like pizza to ethnic favorites like Pad Thai.  
 
How big is the average class size?
The average class is between 7 to 12 students, though some P.E. classes can be as large as 20.   
 
How do my parents learn how I'm doing in class?
Each month, parents and students receive progress reports.  The reports inform the parents how the student is doing in every class and four times a year the reports include an evaluation of the student's participation in community life. If a student is ever in danger of receiving a "not passing" or a "no pass" on their grade report, an Academic Alert will be sent out to the parent/guardian as well as given to the student. The Academic Alert goes out about one week before the end of the block. It gives a detailed summary of what the student needs to do in the class in order for them to receive a passing mark. The Academic Dean is available for questions about the reports or your child's academic performance in general. Parents can also contact teachers and advisors directly via email or telephone if they have questions about a specific class.
 
Can students have cars on campus?
No.  Unless a student is Day Student and given special permission from the Assistant Head and the Head of School, they are not allowed to have a car on campus. If permission is granted, the car may only be used to transport the student to school and home. Students with cars may never transport another student off campus.
 
How will I get supplies and toiletries?
Students may walk or bike to West Branch or sign up for Town Trip on the weekends, which will take them to Iowa City if they need supplies.  Advisors can help coordinate shopping, if necessary.
 
How much spending money will I need?
Free time is pretty limited during the week and Town Trip fills up fast.  Most students need somewhere between $20 and $50 per month.
 
 
 
 
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Girls dorm roomWhat types of students come to Scattergood?
Scattergood students come from Iowa, all over the United States and many different countries.  Students who thrive at Scattergood are independent, self-motivated and love to learn.  Some are Quakers and some come from other faith traditions but all are passionate about community, equality, simplicity and social justice.  Most of students live on campus as boarding students, but we do enroll day students from the Iowa City area.  

Will I have a roommate?
Yes.  We believe many valuable learning experiences happen in the dorm. Learning to live with a roommate, regardless of mood, study habits or sleep patterns is a valuable part of learning how to live in a community. We generally match new students with returning students.  At semester break, students have the option of changing rooms and roommates.

Can I bring a microwave, refrigerator or television?
No.  Dorm lounges are equipped with both refrigerators and microwaves and there is a television located in the student lounge.   Movies are often shown on the weekend and students can watch programs via the internet during free time. 

Can I bring my own cell phone or electronics?
Sure!  We have campus-wide wifi.  Each student is provided with a laptop, but you can bring your own if you prefer.  Cell phones must stay in the dorm facility at all times (unless you're going off campus).  Laptops, tablets, cell phones (or any device that connects to the internet or sends text messages) must be turned in each evening at lights out.  This ensures a more restful and balanced environment for you and your roommate!  There are also landline phones available in both dorms.
 
I'm not a Quaker... what's it really like to go to a Quaker school?Students picking apples
The Class of 2014 has written Quakerism: A Guide for New Students
 
Who will wake me up in the morning?
Students are responsible for getting themselves up and arriving to breakfast and Collection on time.  Consistently missing Collection or weekend breakfast/check-in can result in a loss of privledges.
 
What do I do if I get sick?
Scattergood has Health Coordinator (a Licensed Practical Nurse) on staff who evaluates students' medical needs. If a student is sick and needs to be excused from classes, the student can either come down to the Health Office, or send a friend if they are too ill, before their first required activity.   The Health Coordinator will determine if the student needs to stay in bed or if they are well enough to go to class.  If professional medical attention is needed, a staff member will take the student to either the doctor’s office in West Branch, or in event of an emergency, to the hospital in Iowa City.
 
Food at ScattergoodWhat kind of food will I eat?
Meals are cooked in our kitchen and served family-style.  Almost all of the meat (beef, lamb, turkey and pork) and much of the vegetables (too many to list!) come from our certified organic farm.  Our talented cooks make great use of these wonderful resources and eating fresh and local is a delicious reality.  There is a great salad bar at every lunch and dinner and every meal has vegetarian, gluten- and dairy-free options.  Our fare ranges from American standards like pizza to ethnic favorites like Pad Thai.  
 
How big is the average class size?
The average class is between 7 to 12 students, though some P.E. classes can be as large as 20.   
 
How do my parents learn how I'm doing in class?
Each month, parents and students receive progress reports.  The reports inform the parents how the student is doing in every class and four times a year the reports include an evaluation of the student's participation in community life. If a student is ever in danger of receiving a "not passing" or a "no pass" on their grade report, an Academic Alert will be sent out to the parent/guardian as well as given to the student. The Academic Alert goes out about one week before the end of the block. It gives a detailed summary of what the student needs to do in the class in order for them to receive a passing mark. The Academic Dean is available for questions about the reports or your child's academic performance in general. Parents can also contact teachers and advisors directly via email or telephone if they have questions about a specific class.
 
Can students have cars on campus?
No.  Unless a student is Day Student and given special permission from the Assistant Head and the Head of School, they are not allowed to have a car on campus. If permission is granted, the car may only be used to transport the student to school and home. Students with cars may never transport another student off campus.
 
How will I get supplies and toiletries?
Students may walk or bike to West Branch or sign up for Town Trip on the weekends, which will take them to Iowa City if they need supplies.  Advisors can help coordinate shopping, if necessary.
 
How much spending money will I need?
Free time is pretty limited during the week and Town Trip fills up fast.  Most students need somewhere between $20 and $50 per month.
 
 
 
 
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Girls dorm roomWhat types of students come to Scattergood?
Scattergood students come from Iowa, all over the United States and many different countries.  Students who thrive at Scattergood are independent, self-motivated and love to learn.  Some are Quakers and some come from other faith traditions but all are passionate about community, equality, simplicity and social justice.  Most of students live on campus as boarding students, but we do enroll day students from the Iowa City area.  

Will I have a roommate?
Yes.  We believe many valuable learning experiences happen in the dorm. Learning to live with a roommate, regardless of mood, study habits or sleep patterns is a valuable part of learning how to live in a community. We generally match new students with returning students.  At semester break, students have the option of changing rooms and roommates.

Can I bring a microwave, refrigerator or television?
No.  Dorm lounges are equipped with both refrigerators and microwaves and there is a television located in the student lounge.   Movies are often shown on the weekend and students can watch programs via the internet during free time. 

Can I bring my own cell phone or electronics?
Sure!  We have campus-wide wifi.  Each student is provided with a laptop, but you can bring your own if you prefer.  Cell phones must stay in the dorm facility at all times (unless you're going off campus).  Laptops, tablets, cell phones (or any device that connects to the internet or sends text messages) must be turned in each evening at lights out.  This ensures a more restful and balanced environment for you and your roommate!  There are also landline phones available in both dorms.
 
I'm not a Quaker... what's it really like to go to a Quaker school?Students picking apples
The Class of 2014 has written Quakerism: A Guide for New Students
 
Who will wake me up in the morning?
Students are responsible for getting themselves up and arriving to breakfast and Collection on time.  Consistently missing Collection or weekend breakfast/check-in can result in a loss of privledges.
 
What do I do if I get sick?
Scattergood has Health Coordinator (a Licensed Practical Nurse) on staff who evaluates students' medical needs. If a student is sick and needs to be excused from classes, the student can either come down to the Health Office, or send a friend if they are too ill, before their first required activity.   The Health Coordinator will determine if the student needs to stay in bed or if they are well enough to go to class.  If professional medical attention is needed, a staff member will take the student to either the doctor’s office in West Branch, or in event of an emergency, to the hospital in Iowa City.
 
Food at ScattergoodWhat kind of food will I eat?
Meals are cooked in our kitchen and served family-style.  Almost all of the meat (beef, lamb, turkey and pork) and much of the vegetables (too many to list!) come from our certified organic farm.  Our talented cooks make great use of these wonderful resources and eating fresh and local is a delicious reality.  There is a great salad bar at every lunch and dinner and every meal has vegetarian, gluten- and dairy-free options.  Our fare ranges from American standards like pizza to ethnic favorites like Pad Thai.  
 
How big is the average class size?
The average class is between 7 to 12 students, though some P.E. classes can be as large as 20.   
 
How do my parents learn how I'm doing in class?
Each month, parents and students receive progress reports.  The reports inform the parents how the student is doing in every class and four times a year the reports include an evaluation of the student's participation in community life. If a student is ever in danger of receiving a "not passing" or a "no pass" on their grade report, an Academic Alert will be sent out to the parent/guardian as well as given to the student. The Academic Alert goes out about one week before the end of the block. It gives a detailed summary of what the student needs to do in the class in order for them to receive a passing mark. The Academic Dean is available for questions about the reports or your child's academic performance in general. Parents can also contact teachers and advisors directly via email or telephone if they have questions about a specific class.
 
Can students have cars on campus?
No.  Unless a student is Day Student and given special permission from the Assistant Head and the Head of School, they are not allowed to have a car on campus. If permission is granted, the car may only be used to transport the student to school and home. Students with cars may never transport another student off campus.
 
How will I get supplies and toiletries?
Students may walk or bike to West Branch or sign up for Town Trip on the weekends, which will take them to Iowa City if they need supplies.  Advisors can help coordinate shopping, if necessary.
 
How much spending money will I need?
Free time is pretty limited during the week and Town Trip fills up fast.  Most students need somewhere between $20 and $50 per month.