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New Hampshire Primary: Brewster Academy’s Political Science Lab

Mia Ventola, Brewster Academy ninth grader, spent part of her fall volunteering for Hilary Clinton’s New Hampshire primary campaign. Brewster history teacher T.J. Palmer has taken the living, working political science lab that New Hampshire retail politics becomes every four years and turned it into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for his students, A Primary Opportunity. I […]

Looking for a New Private School for the Fall?

School plans change, especially with the end of the academic year. With summer approaching, it can provide the final impetus toward the conclusion that “it’s time to look for a different school.” As a parent, you might seek greater academic challenge, academic support, a particular opportunity, or, program, a learning differences program, or even a […]

Have You Found Yourself Without A Private School Acceptance? Here’s What You Should Do!

Admission decision day doesn’t always yield exactly what every student and family hoped for. If you’ve found yourself without a private school acceptance, you need to assess what happened; perhaps you overreached, or didn’t understand a piece of the private school admission process? I suggest you begin rebuilding your private school admission process and its foundation, […]

2016 Boarding School Acceptance Videos: Students & Faculty Welcome New Students!

Note: Updated 3/11. New videos added: St. Paul’s School, Pomfret School, & Phillips Academy It’s admission decision day (March 10th 2016) and, in what’s an annual event for us, here’s our gathering of 2016 Boarding School Acceptance Videos. We’ll post additional videos as we find them and as readers send them to us. Send yours […]

New ADHD Findings Fit With What Many Boarding Schools Have Known for a Long Time

In her CNN piece Pills for your kid’s ADHD? Try this instead, Peggy Drexler takes a look at how we’ve to come to easily default to pharmacology when treating ADHD (it works; kids respond to it) instead of working with the child on his her behavior which might —in the long run — prove more […]

On Harper Lee’s Death: “To Kill A Mockingbird” in the Private School Classroom

One of the best parts of boarding and private school is the reading list one works through from ninth grade to twelfth grade. Great reading, writing, and discussion often come with smaller Socratic classes and, often, fighting to read above one’s head. With Harper Lee’s death this morning, I find myself thinking about “To Kill […]

Boarding School to the Super Bowl? Broncos OC Started His Coaching Career at Suffield Academy

I came across this interesting boarding school angle in last night’s Super Bowl. Denver Broncos offensive coordinator, Rick Dennison began his coaching career at Suffield (Conn.) Academy as an assistant coach from 1992-1994. Dennison played for the Broncos from 1982-1990 and joined the Broncos staff in 1995 directly from Suffield. As a player, Dennison earned […]

High Mowing School: The Only Waldorf Boarding High School in America

I knew High Mowing School from my days as boarding school faculty member in northern New England. I know High Mowing is Waldorf boarding high school, but I didn’t know what that meant. What does it mean to be a Waldorf boarding high school? I ran into Theo Groh- High Mowing alumnus- and, now, a […]

The Benefits of Teaching Boys to Work with Their Hands: Grand River Academy’s Productive Growth Center

Over the years, I’ve always been a big fan of boarding schools that offer opportunities for students to work with their hands- to labor. I’m a boarding school alumnus who discovered labor later and, if asked, I’ll tell you that missing out on labor, hand work, was a missing piece of my education. When I […]

A Step-by-Step Course to Finding the Best Private School

We’ve been helping families and private schools connect for sixteen years — through more than 300 articles, 1,300 blog posts, five e-books, and replies to countless questions from families. Best school fit has always been our guiding principle. Nothing matters if your child and your child’s school don’t tightly fit together. This fall we had an […]

A School Expert’s Review of Landmark School

Editor’s note- Marylou spends time each fall visiting boarding school campuses individually and as part of educational consultant group tours. In what’s become an annual series, Marylou shares her thoughts and impressions of each campus and community. Landmark works to enable and empower students with language based learning disabilities to reach their educational and social […]

A School Expert’s Review of Eagle Hill School

Editor’s note- Marylou spends time each fall visiting boarding school campuses individually and as part of educational consultant group tours. In what’s become an annual series, Marylou shares her thoughts and impressions of each campus and community. This was my second great visit in a year to this wonderful school in Hardwick, MA that “educates […]

Mercersburg Names Katherine Titus Head of School

David O. Frantz ’60, President of Mercersburg Academy’s Board of Regents, announced yesterday that the board has named Katherine Titus as the school’s seventh head. Titus will begin her tenure July 1, 2016. “The search committee was immediately attracted to Katie’s drive, intelligence, and warmth. These important characteristics combined with her deep and varied experiences […]

Learn Why Four Boarding School Heads Keep One Foot in the Classroom

Modern boarding school heads face an amazing array of time and intellectual demands- everything from the school’s daily operation; to strategic planning; to fundraising; to attending meals; to student discipline; of course students and faculty are also part of the equation. These constituencies pull heads in all sorts of directions- daily. Given these demands my […]

What Every Parents Need to Know About What Makes a Great Boarding School Teacher

We keep coming back to the quality, strength, and lasting influence of boarding school faculty. Faculty strength comes up repeatedly when you listen, alumni, current and past parents, and students. One is hard pressed to find a family with boarding school experience that doesn’t speak highly of their faculty- past and present. Great, engaged, connecting, […]

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