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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 […]

Congratulations to Tabor, Trinity-Pawling, Tilton, and St. Stanislaus Football Teams

As fall comes to close, we’d like to devote a bit of copy congratulating AdmissionsQuest schools whose football teams either, won their championship, or played into their respective playoffs. The Erickson League Champion Pride of Trinity-Pawling School played Choate Rosemary Hall for the NEPSAC Class-A Championship falling to Choate in the NEPSAC Class-A Championship Bill […]

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 […]

Massachusetts Boarding School to Join the Independent School League Fall of 2017

Tabor Academy will become a member of the Independent School League or ISL beginning fall 2017. As the college conference athletic adage goes, ‘it’s who you play.’ Tabor is excited to join the ISL for reasons that go beyond sports. “As we look ahead to Tabor’s future, we see opportunity in being part of this […]

Brewster Alumnus Topher Grace ’97 Narrates the School’s New Video

How does school get its most famous actor alumnus to narrate the school’s new admission video? Just ask. The Way Education Should Be from Brewster Academy on Vimeo. Lynne Palmer, Brewster’s Director of Admission & External Affairs called Grace and asked him to voice the video. Since graduation, and throughout his acting career, Grace has […]

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 […]

Boarding School to the Super Bowl? Broncos OC Started His Coaching Career at Suffield Academy

I came across this interesting boarding school angle in last night’s Super Bowl. Denver Broncos offensive coordinator, Rick Dennison began his coaching career at Suffield (Conn.) Academy as an assistant coach from 1992-1994. Dennison played for the Broncos from 1982-1990 and joined the Broncos staff in 1995 directly from Suffield. As a player, Dennison earned […]

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 […]

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