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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Tabor Academy and Special Olympics Join Forces

A full eight-week Special Olympics program will begin on Tabor’s campus this coming January 2016. The arrival of Special Olympics to the Tabor campus results from partnership between math teacher, Tim Cleary and Senior, Molly Bent. Bent’s sister Sarah is an eleven year old with Downs Syndrome and regular visitor to Tabor’s campus. “Every time […]

Considering the Role of Computers in the Boarding School Classroom

An OECD study, Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection gives parents and educators some data, and questions to consider, when we think about, and make decisions, around computers in the classroom and our goals for their use. Writing for The Hechinger Report (and, U.S. News and World Report), journalist Jill Barshay does good work […]

Study Confirms the Power of Student-Teacher Relationship in Academic Performance

New study examines the importance of the faculty-student relationship in learning success.

Trinity-Pawling School Installs New Headmaster

Trinity-Pawling School installs William Taylor as headmaster.

Five Things Families Should Know About the 2015-2016 Boarding School Admission Process: Advice from Two Admission Directors

Advice on the boarding school admission process from two admission directors.

Christine Savini and Dr. Olivia Morehead-Slaughter Contribute to Bement School’s diversity teaching

Christine Savini and Dr. Olivia Morehead-Slaughter speak at Bement School about diversity teaching

Darlington Mourns Loss of Dr. Elson Floyd: The School’s First Black Alumnus

Darlington School reflects on the school’s first black alumnus Dr. Elson Floyd

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