Formal Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about our Formal Dance. If you have further questions, you can ask you child's teacher, or call / email the contact person listed on the letter included with your invitation. Hope to see you on April 12th!

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My paper calendar says the dance begins at 7:00pm, but the invitation says 6:30. Which is it?


The graduates process in promptly at 7pm, which is the “official” start of the dance. However, in order to make sure everyone has ample time to check in and find their seats, the ballroom will be open beginning at 6:30 so that we may begin the event on time.


Will I be sitting with my child?


If you are the parent of a High School or Emergence student, no. Your child will sit with their “date” (which may be a peer or a teacher), and with other classmates and teachers from their division. Parents sit at tables with other parents from the same division, but may of course dance and socialize with their child throughout the event.


If you are an Alumni parent,
yes. You will be sitting at a table with your child, and anyone else that is your child’s guest. Your table will be made up of other Alumni, and their guests.


What type of food should I expect?


A “light” meal, consisting of student-friendly finger foods. It generally includes mini slider-burgers (both meat and vegetarian), french fries, fresh crudite, and dessert options.


What should I wear? What should my child wear?


The event is semi-formal, although the older emergence program students will be wearing rented tuxedos and more “formal” dresses or pantsuits. Younger male students often wear a suit, or a shirt and tie.


How will my child get to the dance? Is there transportation?


If your child is a Residential student, yes. They will arrive on vans with staff and their peers. Graduating students will arrive via limousine.


If your child is a Day student, transportation to Lombardo’s is the responsibility of the parents / guardians.


Can I register on the day of the event?


Unfortunately, no. RSVPs are required no later than March 16th so that we have ample time to plan seating, prepare our students, and order the correct amount of food from Lombardo’s. For these reasons, we unfortunately cannot accommodate late registrations, and registrations at the door.


What’s the schedule for the evening?


Please note, although we do our best to stay on schedule, times are approximate.
​6:30pm - Registration opens

7:00pm - The graduates process in beginning the event

7:00 - 7:45pm - Graduation remarks, diploma presentations, brief video

7:45pm - Dancing begins

8:15pm - Light fare / refreshments served

9:00pm - Dessert / more dancing

9:25pm - Closing remarks / dismissal