A School Expert’s Review of St. Mark’s School

St. Mark’s School students graduate well prepared for college. Global citizenship is a part of each student’s St. Mark’s experience; the program teaches students the values of leadership and service as well as creative, analytic, and cooperative work, and exploring the larger world. The program includes domestic and international service learning and students are encouraged […]

Randolph-Macon Academy Brings Christmas to Veterans

On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Randolph-Macon Academy students loaded onto a bus – gifts in-hand ‐ as part of “Operation Thank You.” The project, which brings students, Christmas cheer, music, and gifts to the VA Hospital in Martinsburg, WV, is an extension of R-MA middle school teacher Toby Allanson’s family tradition. I am trying to […]

A School Expert’s Review of Concord Academy

Concord Academy faculty and students focus on today, celebrating and living in the moment with an eye toward the future. CA allows students to do well at being themselves. Concord Academy students grow into themselves with CA helping them discover and get there. CA adults think of themselves as partners in a student’s growth. Teachers […]

Top Five 2015-2016 Private School Financial Aid Application Questions

Editor’s note: What’s becoming an annual event at this crunch time in the private school school financial aid calendar, we offer some tips directly from the financial aid expert himself, Mark Mitchell, Vice President, School and Student Services (SSS By NAIS). I asked Mark to share insights on the top five questions that SSS is […]

Why Are You A Walnut Hill School for the Arts Tour Guide?

Why are you a Walnut Hill School for the Arts tour guide? What do you believe in so strongly/what’s so great about Walnut Hill that motivates to share it with prospective students? “I am a tour guide at Walnut Hill because my family and I had lots of questions about this school during the application […]

McCallie School Alumnus Donates $19 million

An anonymous alumnus has donated $19 million to Chattanooga’s McCallie School. McCallie trustees will place the gift in the school’s endowment from which endowment interest will support professional learning opportunities for faculty and financial aid for talented boys. “It was the donor’s personal McCallie experience — and the school’s continued commitment to that experience for […]

A School Expert’s Review of Walnut Hill School for the Arts

As a pre-professional arts boarding school, Walnut Hill School for the Arts is fundamentally different from other schools. All students have an arts major, which occupies afternoon time blocks: dance, music, theater, musical theater, visual arts or writing/media/film (film added as of next year). Walnut Hill is a powerful combination of Arts and academics. Walnut […]

Why Are You A Cushing Academy Tour Guide?

Why are you a Cushing Academy tour guide?  What do you believe in so strongly/what’s so great about Cushing Academy that motivates to share it with prospective students? This school [Cushing] has changed my life and I like to proudly tell visitors that come to campus about it and how much I love this school! I have […]

Starting Points for Improved Learning: a Conversation with Benedict Carey

After writing a piece on Benedict Carey’s book How We Learn (I liked it- a lot), I reached out to him about how parents might use some of the book’s topics and thinking as they try to best educate their children. Thanks to Mr. Carey for the conversation. Brian Fisher: You do nice job covering […]

A School Expert’s Review of Cushing Academy

New Headmaster Christopher Torino is very present and involved in daily life at Cushing Academy, which students appreciate. Cushing Academy feels like a traditional boarding school with contemporary touches. Currently, Cushing is recommitting to community. “Right-sizing,” or returning the school to approximately 400 students, is bringing a return to community-centered events such as all-school dinners […]

Why Are You an Eagle Hill School Tour Guide?

Why are you a Eagle Hill tour guide? What do you believe in so strongly/what’s so great about Eagle Hill that motivates to share it with prospective students? “I have been at the Eagle Hill School since I was a freshman, and now I am a junior. This place has become a second home to me. I have learned […]

Real Learning: the Future of American Boarding and Private Schools

If you’re a parent considering private school for your student; if you’re a teacher, or administrator, in an independent school thinking about the future of independent education; asking, what will private schools look like; what will private schools teach; how will private schools differentiate themselves from improved public schools, I suggest you begin, or prime […]

A School Expert’s Review of Eagle Hill School

I thought ‘wow’ as stepped on to the Eagle Hill School campus. Everything — the kids, faculty, and academic program — is very impressive. Everyone was very friendly, happy, and very willing to speak about their school. Instantly, you feel like you belong when you step onto campus and you want to get involved in […]

Why Are You A Hillside School Tour Guide?

Why are you a Hillside School tour guide? What do you believe in so strongly/what’s so great about Hillside School that motivates to share it with prospective students? I became a tour guide at the end of sixth grade and have been giving tours at Hillside for almost four years. I enjoy meeting new people […]

A School Expert’s Review of Hillside School

Hillside School exceeded my expectations in every way beginning with its lovely, rural setting, amazingly not far from Rte 495 in Marlborough, Massachusetts. The boys were lovely and adorable. Hillside boys learn how to be successful and independent. They make friends; they mature; they become responsible, kind, respectful, and confident to go out and face […]

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