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Goodbye, cat: back-to-boarding-school rituals

Fiona the calico cat has climbed into the box and made a nest for herself among the towels from Bed, Bath & Beyond. She watches, head on paws, as her mistress, Catherine, packs for boarding school two time zones away. Soon the cardboard will be sealed up and shipped UPS Ground. One early morning Catherine will scratch […]

Private School A Special Opportunity- Not A Signifier of Social Status

Peter Baron of AdmissionsQuest forwarded an e-mail to me today from a woman wondering how open her children should be with their peers about their prep school applications and asking whether I thought the parents academic credentials carried any weight in the admissions process. The question of how open to be is a sensitive one. […]

Our First Year

After writing frequently last year about our daughter’s search for a boarding school, it seemed timely now to post an entry about how her first year is progressing. Our daughter, now 14, looked at a number of schools last year, both in New England within driving distance of home and in California. The California school […]

onBoarding Schools Just Got a Little Bit Bigger!

Last year our readership grew immeasurably through the contributions of the Boarding School Mom, Marylou Marcus, Tom O’Dell and Leo Marshall. This year we’re thrilled to announce that the lineup gets even bigger by expanding our coverage with the addition of voices and views from members of the boarding school community. A fantastic stable of […]

Our Boarding School Decision

The deposit check has been mailed and the thank you notes sent. Our daughter is delighted with the outcome, and we are so grateful to our consultant who directed us to the school which has been our daughter’s first choice all along and which we would never have found on our own. The last step […]

Our Boarding School Wait is Over

Although the official notification date is today, March 10, two acceptance letters arrived on the 9th to our great relief. The Director of Admissions for our son’s school called to let us know that our daughter is on the waiting list, which was such a gracious thing to do. At 12:05 this morning we received […]

Boarding School Mom’s Daughter Talks About the Wait

Editor’s Note: We’re excited to feature a post by the Boarding School Mom’s daughter. She offers her on the ground take on the boarding school admission process. The applications are in, and there is little you can do but bite your nails and wait. However, the endless flow of questions is not over. This time […]

Waiting for Boarding School Our Admission Decision

Well, we are counting the hours and wondering how soon letters mailed from various parts of the country on March 10th will arrive in our corner of New England. Our consultant has shared that she is hearing positive comments from her contacts at the schools at which we’ve applied. However our daughter is getting a […]

Our Boarding Schools Application Are In!

My apologies for having dropped off the internet for a few weeks. We live in that part of New England that was left without power for almost two weeks in mid-December due to a particularly vengeful ice storm. The upside was that school vacation began seven days early. The downside was that we were distracted […]

Our Boarding School Tour Takes Us to California

Both our educational consultant and the head of our daughter’s school encouraged us to visit a certain school in California. Initially it seemed crazy to us to consider a school so far away when we live surrounded by the country’s great preparatory schools. However there were some cultural sites we wished to visit, and a […]

The Real Work Begins

There are a couple of final school visits to share with you, but as time is running short in the admissions process, today I want to move to the real work of the process- the applications.  We met with our educational consultant at the beginning of last week to winnow the list of schools visited […]

Our First Boarding School Visiting Day

In our three years of interviewing, we just went to our first open house/visiting day and wished we had attended more. Our day at this pretty, well-kept girls’ school began with a warm welcome by the admissions staff and breakfast in the dining hall. From the beginning I knew I would like the school as […]

Touring a School We Know Well

Editor’s Note: “A Parent’s Boarding School Admission Journal” appears every Thursday throughout the admission season. Check-in each week to read the Boarding School Mom’s latest entry. A raw, rainy afternoon found us at our son’s school for our daughter’s interview.  In some respects this was the most relaxing of the school visits as we are […]

The Boarding School Mom’s Daughter Provides Admission Tips

Editor’s Note: We’re excited to feature a post by the Boarding School Mom’s daughter. She offers her on the ground take on the boarding school admission process. Going through the admissions process is stressful, not only for the parent, but also for the child. Many parents add extra pressure and stress, but also you hear […]

Our Boarding School Tour Continues

Editor’s Note: “A Parent’s Boarding School Admission Journal” appears every Thursday throughout the admission season. Check-in each week to read the Boarding School Mom’s latest entry. A lovely fall day found us in a suburban part of New England visiting two very different schools, both of which are viewed as very desirable. The outcome has […]

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