From Education Professionals
Director of Transition and Guidance, Landmark School
In this time of uncertainty and the prospect of more virtual, Verto education provides students with the opportunity to continue their education in a live format. I work with students who do best with hand-on learning, interactive classes, and project-based assignments. Students who are concerned about the prospect of beginning or moving to online classes in their freshman year are considering other options. Verto provides a great option while also allowing students to stay on track for meeting their educational goals. The wide range of colleges that has partnered with Verto makes it a great option for a wide variety of students at various levels and with a wide range of educational needs and goals. As a parent of college-age students myself, I appreciate the great attention that Verto has placed both on student experience and student security.
Assistant Head of Upper School, Riverdale Country School
Even before many of our seniors started to consider taking a gap year, I was already a proponent of gap years. That is what led me to suggest Verto to some of my students. With Verto students can have their gap year and the college credit to graduate in four years. The credits and the available scholarships have made this a financially responsible option for my students. Given the many uncertainties of the next school, Verto’s strong and in-person program is now also a safer option. I have supported Verto since its founding and have been excited by its growing number of partner colleges and universities. Students benefit in so many ways from a gap year, and Verto offers that meaningful experience with college credit.
Post-Secondary School Counselor, Fryeburg Academy
With so many uncertainties and questions in today’s world, should a senior delay his or her post-secondary education? An excellent alternative to selecting direct college entry as a freshman is to continue one’s education in a small setting, where limited interaction with others can be provided. Completing first semester or an entire year of college at Verto, provides an opportunity for learning away from large groups of students, offers direct instruction rather than online learning, and human connection with supervision. It is a wonderful way to consider other opportunities for a year while our world recalibrates to the changes that have been thrust upon us. This is the time to brave uncertainty and open yourself to an opportunity of leadership, creativity and innovation that Verto can provide.
Jason A. Vallozzi
Founder, Campus to Career Crossroads
I have the utmost confidence in recommending Verto Education to my clients. Verto Education’s unique concept in providing unparalleled international gap year experiences while simultaneously allowing students to earn college credits has eclipsed the bar set by other gap year programs. Verto has selectively and strategically built its consortium to progressively partner with over forty highly respected colleges. Students can be on pace to graduate in four years while having direct admissions to a partner college. Another reason for my strong confidence in recommending Verto Education is because of Ben Welbourn’s commitment to student-centric successes. Ben is dedicated to placing the student’s best interest in the forefront while providing an innovative gap year program. I have personally witnessed the respect Ben receives at affiliate colleges because he connects engaged students who positively impact their campus. If you are considering a gap year program, Verto Education needs to be at the top of your list!
Associate Director of College Counseling, United Nations International School
As a college counselor, I work with students every year who are looking for a traditional four-year college experience but may want a little more time after high school to travel and explore before beginning that adventure. Verto offers exactly this — in a much more innovative and affordable way. Students can still have that traditional college experience, with a built-in semester of travel and self-exploration in one of many amazing locations. I joined Verto’s board because I see tremendous value in experiences that prioritize access and inclusivity, and that empower students to tackle a “typical” college experience after their time abroad—with direct admission afterward, at that. It’s truly the best of all worlds.
Director of College Guidance, Albuquerque Academy
Many students choose not to take a gap year because they want to stay on track to graduate from college and they are concerned about the costs. Verto has hacked the gap year—providing all the benefits of time away from classroom learning while eliminating the downsides. I am a big believer in Gap Years. Research has begun to confirm what I have found through my own gap year and decades of working with students: taking time between high school and college to experience the world, connect to learning through experience, and spend time in self-reflection leads to higher GPAs in college, greater satisfaction in choice of majors, lower incidences of disciplinary issues, and increased likelihood of graduating in four years. When I learned about Verto, I invited them to come present to our entire junior class. I think everyone should consider Verto as they are going through their college search.
Director, Guidance & College Counseling, Manchester-Essex Regional Middle High School
At a time when there is endless chatter about the college search and whether or not some universities will be open in the fall, Verto Education provides a safe harbor in this storm of speculation. I have been a fan and supporter of Verto since it’s beginning – excited to see a unique higher education option take hold and offer college bound seniors a safe, meaningful, and growth-enhancing experience while earning college credit and enhancing their learning in partnerships with 45 different colleges and universities. The team at Verto invests energy and attention to each student, ensuring that he or she understands the application process, is aware of available scholarships, and stays connected throughout. We are enthusiastic about two of our seniors pursuing a college plan with Verto this fall. My only regret is that I cannot go with them!
Associate Director of College Counseling, Kents Hill School
As a current secondary school counselor, I know that finding the right gap year experience is just as important as finding the right college; it is all about fit, and I advise my students accordingly. As an educator, I chose to join the advisory board for Verto Education because I believe in the mission of the organization and I have faith in its ability to deliver transformational experiences for students that will end in all of the qualities that I previously noted and the added benefit of college credits wrapped in a global perspective. My own gap experience delayed my college start by one year, which is common for many programs, and it is a decision I will never regret. The Verto difference is that students have the opportunity to gain all that a gap year can provide while getting a jump-start on their college path. Verto does not delay or defer higher education, it provides alternate starting points with a world of possibilities and even greater outcomes.
Independent Educational Consultant
As a college counselor, my goal is to help students map the next steps in their lives, starting with understanding themselves better. Those eighteen-year-olds who have figured out their strengths, their vulnerabilities, and what motivates them, make the transition to college in a much better position to have a successful and meaningful experience. Verto Education’s combination of enriching cultural experiences, college-level instruction, and a devotion to student’s personal growth is a real stand-out among programs for high school grads who will benefit from a semester outside of the classroom. Verto is an exceptional program for its experiential education with high-touch support, while also partnering with numerous colleges to provide academic credit. Verto students go on to college with the focus and tools to succeed.