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A School Where the Learning Experiences of the Outdoors are Fundamental

For Ojai Valley School and its students, the learning experiences of the outdoors are fundamental.

A Guided Tour of Army and Navy Academy

Army and Navy Academy cadets Matt, Tyler, and David share their experiences introducing viewers to the academy. Whether it’s academics, residential life or college counseling, two statements (resounding endorsements) from the tour capture the Army and Navy experience.

Why Small Class Sizes Matter to this Boarding School Student

Dunn School sophomore Danielle tals about improved confidence and discussion abilities that come from Dunn’s small, intimate classes.

Dunn Head Mike Beck Explains: Why Dunn?

Dunn School head Mike Beck talks about some of the larger ideas and philosophies that drive Dunn and that Dunn works to impart to its students.

Orme School Receives $2 Million Gift

An anonymous alumna presented Orme with $2 million check last week. Truly a case of actions speaking louder than words.

A Guided Tour of Villanova Preparatory School

Sharing their insights and observations, two Villanova Prep students touch on everything from academics to athletics during this tour of campus.

A Guided Tour of Dunn School

Christy Davidge, Dunn, Associate Director of Admission, takes you on a tour of campus. Dunn’s a coed boarding & day school in Los Olivos, CA. Academically, Dunn students benefit from small classes with 12-14 students; hands-on and interactive learning; practice or learning by doing and a faculty who work together as one. Dunn juniors work […]

Learning at Dunn School

More than just a varied curriculum, Dunn recognizes and serves a diversity of students with courses that fit different kinds of learners.

Growing your school’s food

Katie Isaacson talks about the role that Midland School’s organic garden plays in the school community. Midland (a coed boarding school in Los Olivos, CA) cultivates 10 acres for both production and education. The school eats seasonally from the farm bounty putting-up by freezing or canning the surplus. A chalk board in the dining hall charts produce […]

A Guided Tour of Stevenson School

Learn from a Stevenson School junior about the opportunities & strengths of a Stevenson education.

How the West was One

There are over 40 boarding schools west of the Mississippi River; on both sides of the US-Canadian boarder. Virtually all of these schools are part of the Western Boarding Schools Association (

A Boarding School Begins a Merit Scholarship Program

Hawaii Preparatory Academy (a coed boarding school in Kamuela, HI) is making available for award eight Ho’omau I Ka Po’okela Scholarships (Continuing With Excellence) for the coming 2012-2013. Directed toward younger students, HPA will offer one day and one boarding scholarship in grades 6 and 7, and two day and two boarding scholarships for grade 9. Recipients […]

Shattuck-St. Mary’s Wins Inaugural World Sports School Challenge Gold

Late in December the Shattuck-St. Mary’s boys Hockey team defeated Finland 5-3 to win the first World Sports School Challenge (WSSC) gold medal.

Blame Canada

My school, Brentwood College School, is one of the largest boarding schools in Canada. 10% of our student population is from the United States of America.

The Contributions that Chinese Students Bring to Boarding Schools

Over the break offered some quiet time to catch-up on reading and a chance to work on posts that might require some digestion and rumination. This brings me to Idylwild Arts Academy president Brian D. Cohen’s response to two recent articles, “Chinese Students Lose as U.S. Schools Exploit Need” and “The China Conundrum,” each of […]

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