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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

2016 Boarding School Acceptance Videos: Students & Faculty Welcome New Students!

Note: Updated 3/11. New videos added: St. Paul’s School, Pomfret School, & Phillips Academy It’s admission decision day (March 10th 2016) and, in what’s an annual event for us, here’s our gathering of 2016 Boarding School Acceptance Videos. We’ll post additional videos as we find them and as readers send them to us. Send yours […]

New ADHD Findings Fit With What Many Boarding Schools Have Known for a Long Time

In her CNN piece Pills for your kid’s ADHD? Try this instead, Peggy Drexler takes a look at how we’ve to come to easily default to pharmacology when treating ADHD (it works; kids respond to it) instead of working with the child on his her behavior which might —in the long run — prove more […]

The Benefits of Teaching Boys to Work with Their Hands: Grand River Academy’s Productive Growth Center

Over the years, I’ve always been a big fan of boarding schools that offer opportunities for students to work with their hands- to labor. I’m a boarding school alumnus who discovered labor later and, if asked, I’ll tell you that missing out on labor, hand work, was a missing piece of my education. When I […]

A School Expert’s Review of Landmark School

Editor’s note- Marylou spends time each fall visiting boarding school campuses individually and as part of educational consultant group tours. In what’s become an annual series, Marylou shares her thoughts and impressions of each campus and community. Landmark works to enable and empower students with language based learning disabilities to reach their educational and social […]

A School Expert’s Review of Eagle Hill School

Editor’s note- Marylou spends time each fall visiting boarding school campuses individually and as part of educational consultant group tours. In what’s become an annual series, Marylou shares her thoughts and impressions of each campus and community. This was my second great visit in a year to this wonderful school in Hardwick, MA that “educates […]

Mercersburg Names Katherine Titus Head of School

David O. Frantz ’60, President of Mercersburg Academy’s Board of Regents, announced yesterday that the board has named Katherine Titus as the school’s seventh head. Titus will begin her tenure July 1, 2016. “The search committee was immediately attracted to Katie’s drive, intelligence, and warmth. These important characteristics combined with her deep and varied experiences […]

Learn Why Four Boarding School Heads Keep One Foot in the Classroom

Modern boarding school heads face an amazing array of time and intellectual demands- everything from the school’s daily operation; to strategic planning; to fundraising; to attending meals; to student discipline; of course students and faculty are also part of the equation. These constituencies pull heads in all sorts of directions- daily. Given these demands my […]

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, […]

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