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Congratulations to Tabor, Trinity-Pawling, Tilton, and St. Stanislaus Football Teams

As fall comes to close, we’d like to devote a bit of copy congratulating AdmissionsQuest schools whose football teams either, won their championship, or played into their respective playoffs. The Erickson League Champion Pride of Trinity-Pawling School played Choate Rosemary Hall for the NEPSAC Class-A Championship falling to Choate in the NEPSAC Class-A Championship Bill […]

Lessons for Life: Community School’s Outdoor Leadership Academy

I learned about Community School’s Outdoor Leadership Academy (OLA) this past summer and was struck by the idea that OLA was a set of high school experiences that its graduates could actively use and carry into adulthood — high school students working to become effective, responsible outdoor leaders. It is, to my mind, they type […]

Five Key Questions About the 2016-2017 Private School Financial Aid Process

Editor’s note (1): Download our free ebook Understanding Private School Financial Aid to help guide your financial aid process. Editor’s note (2): This is our annual crunch-time post at this acute period in private school financial aid calendar. We offer some tips directly from the financial aid expert himself, Mark Mitchell, Vice President, School and Student […]

Think About Your School: #GivingTuesday 11/29/2016

Today is great day to think about giving back to your school. I received my Giving Tuesday reminder from my alma mater (Trinity-Pawling) this morning. At many schools, the annual fund plays a large role in budgeting- making everything from activities, and special events, to financial aid possible. If you’re a parent, or alumnus, you […]

A School Expert’s Review of Stevenson School

Three words come to mind after my Stevenson School visit: community, collaboration, creativity. My Tour Guide was exceptional! A knowledgeable, Junior boarding student, she had a passion for Stevenson that was genuine, real and committed to her school and student body. She mentioned numerous times how much Stevenson has given her so many opportunities to […]

A School Expert’s Review of Fessenden School

Accepting, considerate, compassionate, cooperative, dedicated, determined, energetic, enthusiastic, fun-loving, intellectual, open, organized, self-confident, supportive, unique are just a few adjectives that come to mind after my visit to Fessenden School. I loved my Fessenden visit. Every room, corner, program, and class made me smile and want to jump in and be a part of this […]

Are there Boarding Schools Outside of New England? Yes!

Veteran journalist Lauren Gilger — known for her work covering small communities — recently captured The Orme School’s sense of community and history in her story: From Horsemanship to Robotics, Students Thrive At Arizona Boarding School. I often get asked directly, or, rhetorically, “are there boarding schools outside of New England?” To which I reply, “heck, yes.” […]

13 Questions to Help You Observe & Understand A Boarding School’s Residential Life Curriculum!

A couple of weeks back, I wrote Learn How to Use Your Campus Tour and Interview to Your Advantage. As we move further into the campus tour and interview season, today, I want to remind families to consider what we used to call the unwritten curriculum. (I say ‘used to’ because many schools now have […]

What Does the Head of the Charles Mean to a High School Crew?

The 53rd Head of the Charles Regatta will be held this coming weekend. Lots of us who are friends, acquaintances, and just plain spectators from the banks of the Charles River know the event as a fun time from shore…where sometimes you see people that you haven’t seen in ages. But, what does the Head […]

Learn How to Use Your Campus Tour and Interview to Your Advantage

The past couple of years have been banner years for teachers, parents, and schools interested in how students learn — brain science. Specifically and colloquially, how to practice and make it stick. On your private school campus tour and interview, almost every school will look great, and your tour guide will take great care of […]

Massachusetts Boarding School to Join the Independent School League Fall of 2017

Tabor Academy will become a member of the Independent School League or ISL beginning fall 2017. As the college conference athletic adage goes, ‘it’s who you play.’ Tabor is excited to join the ISL for reasons that go beyond sports. “As we look ahead to Tabor’s future, we see opportunity in being part of this […]

Start Now! Fall 2017 Admission & Financial Aid Deadlines About 90 Days Away

The traditional admission calendar/process is on the clock. It seems like school just started. But, the admission and financial aid application deadlines for fall 2017 are just over 90 days away. If you’re a family applying to boarding school for fall of 2017, it’s time to start your admission process. It’s all about school fit- […]

Brewster Alumnus Topher Grace ’97 Narrates the School’s New Video

How does school get its most famous actor alumnus to narrate the school’s new admission video? Just ask. The Way Education Should Be from Brewster Academy on Vimeo. Lynne Palmer, Brewster’s Director of Admission & External Affairs called Grace and asked him to voice the video. Since graduation, and throughout his acting career, Grace has […]

When do you tell schools you will not be accepting their admission offer?

Just a few days ago, we received this comment below our 12 Essential Tips for Students Accepted at a Private School article: My son just got accepted into a private school and we just called them to say that he’ll take the spot that was offered to him. However, I didn’t realize that we should […]

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 […]

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