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Where should you be in your boarding school financial aid application by mid-December?

As we’re just about three weeks out from the predominate January 10, or thereabout, financial aid application deadlines, this is a great to time to take stock of where you stand in the financial aid application process and look at what you need to get done in these last few weeks. I’m going to assume […]

The Simple Power of Adult Presence: boarding schools have it, teenagers appreciate it

At Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School, we have a phrase and practice- the power of presence. By which, we mean simply being present as an adult; you don’t have to say anything; you just have to be present, cognizant, aware, and available to our teenage students. Happily, the quality parenting of a teenager may sometimes […]

Direct from Admission Directors: 5 Tips for Applying to Boarding Schools

Admission directors of the Mid-Atlantic Boarding School Group — Blair Academy (NJ), Mercersburg Academy (PA), St. Andrew’s School (DE), Episcopal High School (VA), and Peddie School (NJ) — put together an excellent video. It’s designed to help families and students make sure that they understand the admission process and to alleviate some stress from the […]

Keeping Boarding School Families and Alumni Connected During the Holidays

If you’re a boarding school, or private school, alumnus you probably have some strong memories around particular annual events, rites of passage, or school rituals that continue resonating with you as an adult. It’s interesting to see schools keeping alumni connected by bringing these events to their alumni through live streaming. Livestreams are also great […]

Your December Boarding School Admission Application Checklist

Before going any further, I have to say that the single biggest issue over the years around the traditional January 10 (or thereabouts) admission and financial aid application deadlines that I’ve seen repeated is leaving too much to finish until right before submitting your applications. Invariably, trying to close too quickly creates problems. As I […]

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 […]

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 […]

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- […]

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