As we wrap up January, we pored over the numbers to rank our top content over the course of 2012 — from videos to articles to blog posts. We’ll report on the findings as the week progresses.
To begin, let’s look at the “Top 10 Boarding School Blog Posts of 2012.”
This is an interesting list as it includes topics pertinent to families and students as well as topics more interesting to those working in schools. We hope that we’re striking a balance of appeal across these audiences. Let us know what you think?
Interestingly, we have a tie at number nine.
If you’re at all interested in high level, New England, prep school basketball, I recommend “NH GOT GAME” as required reading. It presents a richness through the inclusion of some historical characters (does the name Leo Papile jar the memory of any New England basketball cognoscenti?), college and prep school coaches, and players.
2. So You Want to be an Olympian? 1044 views
Over the last 30 years, Brentwood has consistently developed national and internationally recognized athletes, many of whom have gone on and represented their nation at the Olympics. In fact, there have been 23 Brentwood College School graduates who have participated in the Olympics.
3. It’s time! 2012 Private School Admission Decisions 475 views
No longer an applicant — you’ve either been invited to become part of a school community, been placed on a waiting list, or, the school has decided that the fit was not right. With this movement comes a commensurate shift in your evaluation of your school opportunities.
Asheville fuses together their gorgeous campus, great athletic facilities, and a core curriculum that features exciting interdisciplinary approaches to create a boarding school experience that is simultaneously traditional and modern.
5. Private School Financial Aid: Are We Eligible? 330 views
Our new infographic, Can We Afford Private School? provides a quick look at where your family might fit in the private school financial aid equation. Partnering with School and Student Services By NAIS (SSS), we’ve taken the regional cost of living adjustments and data used by SSS to calculate estimated family contributions toward tuition and put them into an easy to understand infographic.
6. You Won’t Find School Fit in Private School Rankings 280 views
Private school is as much about creating an environment in which a particular type of student does well as it is about academic rigor. This is what we call “school fit.” What school is the best for a particular student? It’s the school that can meet the student where he/she stands on the day they arrive and grow the student the furthest from that point until their last day at the school.
7. Prep School Rivalry Extends To Fundraising 277 views
Rivalries between boarding schools in physical proximity, or that compete for the same students, manifest themselves in the obvious places — athletic competition, one-upsmanship in academics, one-upsmanship between students and alumni in perpetuity.
An academic schedule and some summer leisure in the admission office? No way, not in most boarding school offices today. Now, the admission calendar is fragmented and most admission offices work year round in order to make sure that the most fundamental piece of the school- full beds/seats- is in place for the fall. In the bluntest terms, a full school means everyone stays employed.
9. A Guided Tour of Army and Navy Academy 247 views
Matt, Tyler, and David share their experiences introducing viewers to the academy. Whether it’s academics, residential life or college counseling, two statements (resounding endorsements) from the tour captures the Army and Navy experience:
“The biggest advantage is the support here [Army and Navy]…The teachers here are really dedicated…Some of them almost become second parents to you.”
“[Army and Navy] Helped me to help myself turn around.”
Jenny Anderson shines a bit of light into — what always was while I was living and working in schools — the quiet, discreet world of enrollment contracts.