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On decision day, an impassioned plea for courtesy and common sense

Here’s one great thing about a school that ends in Eighth Grade – it forces families to make an active, informed decision about where to go to high school. Simply staying put is not an option. Young teens and their parents grapple with choices — public or private? in-state or across the country? – that [...]

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Common Core State Standards Initiative: What Does It Mean to Boarding Schools?

With the Common Core taking root and producing a bit of the inevitable upheaval that comes with change in America’s public schools, I wondered — ‘Is the Common Core having any affect on boarding school curricula?’ So I reached out to colleagues and asked. First a little background. I’ve always been a proponent of a [...]

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Graduates: A Commencement Speech Not To Be Missed

Every year a small stream of commencement speeches find their way into my inbox. Most are standard fare- nice; but nothing that makes you go ‘ah, I should think about [insert subject].” I’m picky; these speeches are a trite, overworked, form. How many commencement speeches do you really want to read, and, or write about? [...]

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Choosing the Boarding School That’s Right For You: People Matter

This story came to me via the grapevine last week, about a student, who believed that he had found the perfect school, but, after his accepted student revisit, found that his dream wasn’t his dream at all. In fact, it was something of a nightmare. Full disclosure, I verified that this story is, indeed, true. [...]

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Boarding School Holiday Traditions

As we enjoy the holiday season, I think might be fun to share a few holiday traditions. I must admit have a soft spot for the slowing season of reflection and service.

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Exercising at the Right Time: Boarding School Routine

I know there’s has to be a reason why — 28 years after graduating from boarding school — I’m still addicted to exercising between 3-6PM.

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A Guided Tour of Blue Ridge School

Two Blue Ridge School students share their campus insights and experiences as they take you on a tour!

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The Power of a Teacher and Friend

Steven Strogatz’ captures the power and greatness of those rare teachers in his musings and explorations of his ongoing, lifelong relationship with Loomis Chaffee math teacher Don Joffray.

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An Educational Consultant’s Impressions of Asheville School

Respect, Honor, Belonging, Character, Vision, and Community, these words characterized my visit to Asheville School (a coed boarding school in Asheville, NC).

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A Clever Introduction to a Boarding School Faculty

Meet Think Global School‘s (view school profile)  faculty in this five minute intro video. Hear them talk about what brings them to a multicultural mobile school. Each faculty member spends a few minutes exploring Think Global’s philosophy and practices and how their individual passions and expertise fit with a truly global school experience. Passion for [...]

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138 Point Man, Jack Taylor, Mercersburg ’10

The Thanksgiving holiday along with the other things we do in the office slowed the posts down over the past couple of weeks. We hope to catch-up over the next few days. Today, I’ll start with Jack Taylor’s scoring explosion back on November 20th. If you don’t know the story, Taylor (Mercersburg Academy ’10, view [...]

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Trip Darrin Appointed Blue Ridge School Headmaster

After serving as acting headmaster eleven months, Blue Ridge trustees announced Darrin’s permanent appointment as Headmaster.

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Want to be ready for college? You can’t do better than boarding school

The practices and skills that lead to collegiate success are the foundations of the traditional boarding school experience.

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Advice from 28 Years of Interviewing Students and Families

St. Mark’s School, Director of Admission, Anne Behnke, shares some thoughts on the interview process for colleagues and families via SSATB ALC Blog, “The Art of Interviewing.”

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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?’

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