A product of both private and public education, Brian Fisher served as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, and administrator at three different boarding schools. Brian also fills the role of Director of Development at Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School, in NH along with being a partner at AdmissionsQuest.
Posts by Brian Fisher
A fun boarding school connection- I wrote about John Cena’s Cushing Academy commencement address back in June and I just wrote a piece about Stephen Amell’s St. Andrew’s alumnus video… Boom, I see this headline: WWE’s Stardust Visiting Charity After Losing Bet To Arrow’s Stephen Amell Boarding school alumnus Amell and WWE’s Stardust have designed […]
Canadian actor and St. Andrews College (Canada) alumnus, Stephen Amell makes a great speech that touches on everything that makes the boys school experience great. “…I come from a school where nerds have a throwing arm. Artists can kick your butt. And, jocks are not afraid to dance…” In this purely fun performance, you get why […]
As a boys school alumnus, I admire the work that Grand River Academy does to stay abreast of male adolescent development. The school’s constantly examining the best ways to teach and educate boys as they work through school during their school years. Grand River does an excellent job of making the case for boys school […]
One of the strongest selling points of many boarding schools is the strength, and thoroughness, of their college search and admission processes. Darlington School demonstrates its commitment to the college search process on the opening day of school each year by hosting a mandatory full-day “College Boot Camp” for its seniors. “We do College Boot […]
We’re pleased to bring the boarding school blog back into regular publication for the 2015-2016 academic year.
I bet you didn’t know that John Cena is a boarding school alumnus…some of you might not even know who John Cena is. (I’ll let you Google him.) Suffice to say, he’s a Cushing Academy alumnus, accomplished star and, by my book, great philanthropist via his Make-A-Wish Foundation work. I recommend John’s commencement address. Why? […]
The never ending train of standardized tests that has become the norm in public schools — versus real learning and personal growth —has become a topic that I’ve latched onto, and been hammering away at, for few months now. After reading Ben Carey’s “Real Learning,” Frances Jensen’s “The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide […]
Personal interactions with families are a school’s most effective marketing tools.
Education consultant, Peter Gow thinks critically about education reform.
The real story behind the infamous Mount Hermon fire and football photograph.
Revised SAT vs. criterion-referenced, mastery learning in boarding and private schools.
Looking for a Summer Program That Includes Academic Growth for Your Student? Consider a Summer Boarding School Experience
Find the benefits of camp and boarding school in a summer boarding school.
Post financial crisis, and in the face of continuing tuition increases, does your school raise money to support financial aid? I’m interested in looking at this question with an article. In my younger days, when I worked exclusively on the school side of the admission and fundraising worlds, I asked our development and admission directors: […]
What’s in a name change? Schools build identities over decades and these identities are often rooted in founders’ philosophies and missions. When Lowell Whiteman School changed its name, and identity to Steamboat Mountain School, we knew there was a good story; we spoke with Pearson Alspach, Steamboat Mountain’s admission director to ask, ‘why the name […]
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 […]