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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 […]

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.” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Christine Savini and Dr. Olivia Morehead-Slaughter Contribute to Bement School’s diversity teaching

Christine Savini and Dr. Olivia Morehead-Slaughter speak at Bement School about diversity teaching

Reaffirming Communities of Faith: How Three Boarding Schools Begin Their School Years

How three boarding schools French Camp Academy, Subiaco Academy, and Trinity-Pawling School establish their communal faith to start the school year.

The Science of Boys’ Education

An infographic by Grand River Academy covers the science of boys’ education by looking at their brain development.

Six Important Life Lessons Boarding Schools Teach

New York Time columnist David Brooks struck readers’ collective nerves this past Sunday with a piece titled “The Moral Bucket List.” He reflects on people he sees, who selflessly contribute to their communities and others. I bring Brooks into this space because good boarding school communities teach so much of what he sees that creates […]

Darlington School Freshman Class Hosts Special Olympics On Campus

Darlington School’s freshman class hosted the Floyd County Special Olympics for about 265 Special Olympians on the school’s campus.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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