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Lessons for Life: Community School’s Outdoor Leadership Academy

I learned about Community School’s Outdoor Leadership Academy (OLA) this past summer and was struck by the idea that OLA was a set of high school experiences that its graduates could actively use and carry into adulthood — high school students working to become effective, responsible outdoor leaders. It is, to my mind, they type […]

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 […]

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.” […]

Orme School Community Garden an Approved Food Source

The Arizona Department of Health Services has certified Orme School’s Community Garden as an Approved Food Source. Orme’s Community Garden — part of the school’s Garden to Table initiative — grows out of Orme’s commitment to stewardship of all natural and economic resources, now and for generations to come. Post by Orme School. To earn the Approved […]

The Webb Schools Offer New Summer Programs in Paleontology and Global Leadership

Taking advantage of the on-campus Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, The Webb School will offer a 10-day Junior Paleontology Program. While in residence on campus, rising 7th and 8th grade students, will practice hands-on techniques prospecting for fossils, researching in the field and in labs, visiting Los Angeles museums and learning to apply 3-D […]

Largest Gift in Dunn School History Goes Toward African Student Aid

A $2 million gift from Wendy and Barry Roland (grandparents of alumni Kelsey ‘06 and Sara ‘09 Sullivan) to Dunn School confirms the strength and global reach of American boarding schools. The Roland’s gift is the first international student only — in this case African students — that I know of. The gift resulted from […]

The Orme School Appoints Bruce A. Sanborn New School Headmaster

  The Orme School announced the appointment of Bruce Sanborn as the school’s new headmaster beginning July 1. Sanborn comes to Orme from West Nottingham Academy (Colora, MD) where he is assistant head. “With Orme’s focus on academic excellence, outdoor experiential education, and character development in a truly unique and beautiful setting rich in history, […]

Woodside Priory’s Zoey Lin: young filmmaker

Here’s a story about Woodside Priory student Zoey Lin who spent her 2013 spring break shooting a short movie “that she helped write, cast and fund.” A modern adaptation of the namesake legend, Lin’s “Butterfly Lovers” tells the story of star crossed lovers who live eternally after their deaths. “Butterfly Lovers” premiered this past June […]

A Standing Ovation For These Seven Idyllwild Arts Students

Somewhat of a long time coming, the upside of music education has been slowly revealed to us in the last decade, as shown here, here and here. The research is adding up. The benefits of music education are profound and can impact several areas of educational development such as; Kinesthetic & Fine Motor Skills Intellectual Intelligence (IQ) Emotional […]

Wasatch Academy Boys Basketball Wins Second State Title

The Wasatch boys basketball team defeated Gunnison Valley 57-45 this past Saturday to win the Utah 2A state championship finishing the season 25-1. The Wasatch team featured players from across the globe. Using basketball as their international language the team forged a togetherness and identity. “When you play basketball…it doesn’t matter what language you speak,” […]

Taylor Stockdale: A Few Minutes with The Head of The Webb Schools

Having been appointed head of The Webb Schools (Claremont, CA,), Taylor Stockdale is in the special position of being a twenty-four year veteran of Webb- as teacher an administrator- prior to his appointment.

An Educational Consultant’s Impressions of Hawaii Preparatory Academy

Hawaii Preparatory Academy is a school more tied and connected to its surroundings than any I’ve ever seen. The islands and the school’s location is one of the most spectacular spots on earth.

A Guided Tour of Midland School

Two Midland School student share their insights and experiences with viewers during this tour of the California (CA) boarding school that they call home.

A Wealth of Equine and Riding Experience Comes to Orme

Brian and Paula Bausch bring a wealth of equine and riding experience to Orme School’s campus as world-class trainers, clinicians, and performers of trick riding and roping, fancy gun handling, trick shooting, and Roman riding.

Freshman Humanities at Dunn School

Teachers Laura Fox and Alex Wescott present an overview of Dunn’s ninth grade integrated curriculum. The program takes a slightly different angle than many other integrated humanities programs.

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