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Boarding School to the Super Bowl? Broncos OC Started His Coaching Career at Stuffield 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 as a 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 […]

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, […]

Tabor Academy and Special Olympics Join Forces

A full eight-week Special Olympics program will begin on Tabor’s campus this coming January 2016. The arrival of Special Olympics to the Tabor campus results from partnership between math teacher, Tim Cleary and Senior, Molly Bent. Bent’s sister Sarah is an eleven year old with Downs Syndrome and regular visitor to Tabor’s campus. “Every time […]

Considering the Role of Computers in the Boarding School Classroom

An OECD study, Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection gives parents and educators some data, and questions to consider, when we think about, and make decisions, around computers in the classroom and our goals for their use. Writing for The Hechinger Report (and, U.S. News and World Report), journalist Jill Barshay does good work […]

Purnell School: What does it look like when a school changes its mission?

Purnell School, like a lot of private boarding and day schools, found that it needed to ask itself a good number of questions during, and after, the 2008-2009 financial crisis. Suddenly, parents weren’t as free in their considerations about paying tuition. Admission officers everywhere found themselves working extraordinarily hard to fill schools and found, in […]

Bridging the Gap: Inside Bridgton Academy’s postgraduate documentary project

A few weeks back, I introduced Bridgton Academy’s documentary project Bridging The Gap, in which Bridgton and the Wilkins family work to show how a family comes to choose a postgraduate high school experience for their son; how the experience works; and, what the postgraduate experience will mean to Cam in the long run. I […]

Bement School Names Christopher Wilson New Head

Chris Wilson will begin his tenure as Bement’s ninth head of school July 1, 2016. Wilson will come to Bement from Esperanza Academy in Lawrence, Massachusetts, a grade 5-8 girls middle school, where is the sitting head of school. A cheer went up from the crowd of faculty, staff, and students at during the school […]

How to Find and Apply to a Boarding School: Top resources for families!

Updated: 1/5/2016 Helping families navigate the boarding school admission and financial aid processes is our raison d’être. We want every student and family to find the school that best fitting school. Each year, we work to stay abreast of changes in the processes; the ways that families come to the processes; and the questions you’ll […]

Study Confirms the Power of Student-Teacher Relationship in Academic Performance

New study examines the importance of the faculty-student relationship in learning success.

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