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Grand River Academy Joins with John Carroll University to Create Aspire Program

Grand River Academy and John Carroll University are combining resources to create The Aspire Program. Aspire will allow Grand River’s qualified international students to begin their collegiate careers while at Grand River Academy as well as the opportunity to be admitted to John Carroll at the conclusion of their Grand River/Aspire experience. GRA international students holding […]

Canadian Boarding Schools Make Their Case

Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) has published a good ‘quick case’ video in which they take on the question ‘why boarding school?’

Means Based Tuition: A different way to think about private school tuition

R. Scott Asen, Groton School alumnus, puts himself on the line regarding high private school tuition in an editorial penned for the New York Times- “Is Private School Not Expensive Enough?”

The Tough Decisions of the Admission Process: An Admission Director’s View

Andrew Weller, admission director at Ridley College (a coed boarding school in Ontario, Canada) publishes the blog Independent School Admission Musings. He uses the space to comment on the admission process and on topics growing out of his admission perspective. I highlight him today because I think his two most recent posts are worth a […]

What China Means to American Boarding Schools

I recently returned from a trip to China – my sixth trip in the last four years. The trip was part of the MBA for Executives Program at UVA’s Darden School of Business – a week of studying Chinese business and economics under professors of the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, the first private […]

Boarding Schools: Don’t Rank Them, Understand Them

The fall admission season has opened and admission directors everywhere are facing the same questions – the most enduring of which is the “Where is your school ranked?” We all respond with the same mantra: There is no such thing as official rankings of U.S. independent schools, boarding or day. Our schools have not participated […]

New Western Style Schools in South Korea: Competition for American & British Boarding Schools?

If you’ve been sending your children abroad because a particular educational system teaches and instills traits you seek, why not create that kind of education home?  With its educational, cultural, and economic, dimensions, South Korea is addressing precisely this question. This kind of question can keep a political economist and cultural anthropologist busy for years. […]

Saint Andrew’s School (Boca Raton, FL) Gains IB Accreditation

Saint Andrew’s School began school this week as a fully accredited International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) World School. Head of School, Dr. Ann Marie Krejcarek sees the IB’s rigor as a key to graduate’s future successes: “Answering our students’ and parents’ calls for the very best college preparatory education has led to addition of the […]

TABS Takes the Boarding School Fair Online

You’ve seen the banners throughout AdmissionsQuest for the past month. We’re pleased to work with TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) in highlighting and promoting their new program of virtual Boarding School Expos this October and December. TABS has produced a modern take on the school fair. For those of you new to boarding school […]

Student Video Tells the Story: Who Knew Gould Has a Skateboarding Team?

Gould Academy Skate Team member and aspiring filmmaker Pete Pontone ’10 produced a great video introduction to skateboarding at Gould. It’s noteworthy because it’s so clearly a student speaking to other students about something that he loves. It’s short on dialog and explanation; long on action with solid editing and a great track to keeping […]

International Baccaulaureate Curriculum Augments Traditional UK A-Level Exams

Saw this tidbit in an article in The Independent (UK) (Independent Schools Are Wise to Look Overseas): “European families have been attracted by private schools offering the International Baccalaureate in addition to A-levels.” While UK secondary schools and their graduates will continue to be measured by student success on A Levels (proficiency tests for university […]

West Nottingham Academy: Speaking to Students through On-demand Printing

This isn’t something I’ve done before, but I was so impressed by West Nottingham Academy‘s new view book that I put together this tour. WNA has adopted a one-off custom approach to printing view books for prospective families allowing the school to tailor the book to the interests of each individual student. This custom one-off […]

Insight Into the Current State of Boarding and Private School Finances

Concord Monitor writer Karen Langley published a piece in last Sunday’s paper (Private Schools Weather Downturn: Many approaches taken to cut costs) covering the state of enrollment and finances of New Hampshire private schools. She touches on the obvious- financial aid requests are up for all schools, endowment growth and income are down. Of note, […]

A Conversation with Asheville School’s Jonathan Hopkins

As winner of the AdmissionsQuest for the Best Student Video Contest with his short “What Is Asheville School?” we wanted to hear a bit more about how Jonathan Hopkins came to Asheville School (Asheville, NC); how his short grew out of his Asheville experiences and where he wants to take his talents? Check out Jonathan’s […]

Getting to Know Eagle Hill School

Dana Harbert, Admission Director, sat down with me  for a Getting to Know interview to introduce the approaches that make Eagle Hill School unique in its role as a college preparatory boarding school for students with learning differences and ADD. Highlights from our conversation include: -Flexible academics and approaches to learning differences. -Strong Arts program […]

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