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Grand River Academy Head Randy Blum To Retire

Grand River Academy (an all-boy boarding school in  Austinburg, OH) Headmaster Randy Blum will retire after graduation ceremonies in spring 2012. Mr. Blum has been at Grand River 37 years- the past 23 as Headmaster. His announcement opens the search process for his successor. GRA trustees chairman Dr. John DeCato offered this quick description: “In […]

Interlochen Arts Academy Earns a Brief Mention in New York Times “The Choice” Blog

In their post “The College Decision From The Professors’ Perspective,” Lynn Jacobs and Jeremy Hyman mention Interlochen Arts Academy as an example of a strong program and how to temper and weigh collegiate expectations. “Don’t make a hobby into a deal-breaker. Whether — and how well — a college can accommodate your extracurricular interests is […]

Shady Side Academy Announces a New Leader: Considers Expanded Boarding Program

Thomas Cangiano becomes Shady Side Academy‘s fifteenth president and takes office as the school considers moving from a 5 to a 7 day boarding program. Shady Side has always had a small boarding program, however, Cangiano has begun exploring growth through an expanded boarding program- possibly raising Shady Sides current population of roughly 50 to about […]

Grand River Academy Students Appreciate the Snow

WEWS-TV covered Grand River Academy boys in news segment last Tuesday. The quick piece covered the ways boarders adapt and appreciate snow. For some students it’s their first snow; for others, snow is old hat. The Grand River boys were doing what all the boarders I’ve ever known do. Making the best of fresh snow […]

Digg Founder Jay Adelson Returns to Cranbrook Schools to Talk about Why Your Lifestream Matters

Cranbrook Schools alum Jay Adelson (’88) spoke to the school audience (Jay Adelson, ’88, Gives Sirchio Lecture) about the ways that Internet systems store and retain information about users even when users believe that information has been deleted/erased. Using the term “lifestream” for the digital trail that our Internet movements create, Adelson made the case […]

Getting to Know Western Reserve Academy through the Eyes of its Head of School

Western Reserve Academy alumnus and head Christopher Burner lives and breathes his school. In our chat, he touches on Western Reserve’s traditional boarding school format in a somewhat non-traditional boarding school location-Ohio. Western Reserve is fully connected and students participate daily in the life of Hudson- “a great town.” I can attest to this- drop […]

The Varsity Ice Hockey Goalie From Longview, Texas

This is the kind of athletic dream- based on head shaking perseverance- that becomes legend. A kid from east Texas dreams of playing ice hockey. (There are no rinks in east Texas.)  He learns to skate and play hockey on in-line skates. He and his family find ice and settle into the hockey family grind […]

Experience Western Reserve Academy! Students Share Their Passion for WRA

Our Western Reserve Academy visit departs a bit from our usual format in more than just length. It’s longer but viewers also get to introduced to, and get to see, Western Reserve through the eyes of many students. It is our most comprehensive school tour to date. Our Western Reserve guides take us through Seymour […]

Culver Concludes Greatest Fundraising Campaign in American Private School History

In our previous post, Culver alumnus Samuel Butler received accolades as the Wall Street Journal’s “Donor of the Day” for his work and contributions to Culver’s By Example Campaign. With its conclusion, the By Example Campaign is garnering accolades as the most successful fundraising effort in the history of American secondary schools. Culver raised more […]

Culver Academies Samuel Butler Cited As Wall Street Journal’s Donor of the Day

“In a lot of ways these institutions made me…I owe them.”(Butler Sends His Charitable Efforts Back to School, WSJ) Samuel Butler, former managing partner at New York law firm, Cravath Swaine & Moore has contributed more then $2 million to Culver’s current $376 million capital campaign. Late into life, Butler continues appreciating Culver’s contributions to […]

Some Serious Golfing Talent at Knox School: Knox Student Wins U.S. Junior Amateur

A quick post this morning to highlight a pretty remarkable golfing achievement by a Knox School student. 14 year old Jim Liu won the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur this past Saturday in Ada, Michigan establishing himself in the record book as the youngest champion in the tournament’s 63 year history. Liu is a Knox School […]

George Steinbrenner: Culver Academies Alumnus

Throughout his obituaries, Steinbrenner received praise for his anonymous charitable donations. His connections to his boarding school, Culver Academies, receives mention in his prominent obituary (George Steinbrenner, Who Built Yankees Into Powerhouse, Dies at 80 – The New York Times), but the depth of his relationship and commitment to Culver receives full coverage in Culver’s […]

Going to Culver Academies

Culver Academies students Michael and Monique explore how and why a Culver education fits them. Talking with AdmissionsQuest’s Peter Baron, Michael explains the appeal and traditions of Culver’s Black Horse Troop- known for escorting the incoming United States Presidents as part of inaugural ceremonies. Monique talks about asking her mother to explore boarding school options; […]

Commencement Ceremonies Drawing Near

This is the time of year where campuses around the county will conclude the school year with one final ceremony: Commencement. Commencement is the culmination of all the hard work and dedication put in to celebrate your time spent at school. It is also an emotional time for both parents and students. For parents, it’s […]

What Does this Gift Mean?

Brian Fisher’s post on Loomis Chaffee’s recent $3.3 million gift got me thinking. Boarding schools are having a profound impact on transforming the lives of young men and women. Now we don’t know who the anonymous donor was for Loomis Chaffee, but there are numerous others who have contributed back to their alma maters with […]

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