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Where should you be in your boarding school financial aid application by mid-December?

As we’re just about three weeks out from the predominate January 10, or thereabout, financial aid application deadlines, this is a great to time to take stock of where you stand in the financial aid application process and look at what you need to get done in these last few weeks. I’m going to assume […]

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 […]

Direct from Admission Directors: 5 Tips for Applying to Boarding Schools

Admission directors of the Mid-Atlantic Boarding School Group — Blair Academy (NJ), Mercersburg Academy (PA), St. Andrew’s School (DE), Episcopal High School (VA), and Peddie School (NJ) — put together an excellent video. It’s designed to help families and students make sure that they understand the admission process and to alleviate some stress from the […]

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 […]

Congratulations to Tabor, Trinity-Pawling, Tilton, and St. Stanislaus Football Teams

As fall comes to close, we’d like to devote a bit of copy congratulating AdmissionsQuest schools whose football teams either, won their championship, or played into their respective playoffs. The Erickson League Champion Pride of Trinity-Pawling School played Choate Rosemary Hall for the NEPSAC Class-A Championship falling to Choate in the NEPSAC Class-A Championship Bill […]

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 […]

Think About Your School: #GivingTuesday 11/29/2016

Today is great day to think about giving back to your school. I received my Giving Tuesday reminder from my alma mater (Trinity-Pawling) this morning. At many schools, the annual fund plays a large role in budgeting- making everything from activities, and special events, to financial aid possible. If you’re a parent, or alumnus, you […]

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.” […]

What Does the Head of the Charles Mean to a High School Crew?

The 53rd Head of the Charles Regatta will be held this coming weekend. Lots of us who are friends, acquaintances, and just plain spectators from the banks of the Charles River know the event as a fun time from shore…where sometimes you see people that you haven’t seen in ages. But, what does the Head […]

Learn How to Use Your Campus Tour and Interview to Your Advantage

The past couple of years have been banner years for teachers, parents, and schools interested in how students learn — brain science. Specifically and colloquially, how to practice and make it stick. On your private school campus tour and interview, almost every school will look great, and your tour guide will take great care of […]

Start Now! Fall 2017 Admission & Financial Aid Deadlines About 90 Days Away

The traditional admission calendar/process is on the clock. It seems like school just started. But, the admission and financial aid application deadlines for fall 2017 are just over 90 days away. If you’re a family applying to boarding school for fall of 2017, it’s time to start your admission process. It’s all about school fit- […]

When do you tell schools you will not be accepting their admission offer?

Just a few days ago, we received this comment below our 12 Essential Tips for Students Accepted at a Private School article: My son just got accepted into a private school and we just called them to say that he’ll take the spot that was offered to him. However, I didn’t realize that we should […]

Looking for a New Private School for the Fall?

School plans change, especially with the end of the academic year. With summer approaching, it can provide the final impetus toward the conclusion that “it’s time to look for a different school.” As a parent, you might seek greater academic challenge, academic support, a particular opportunity, or, program, a learning differences program, or even a […]

Have You Found Yourself Without A Private School Acceptance? Here’s What You Should Do!

Admission decision day doesn’t always yield exactly what every student and family hoped for. If you’ve found yourself without a private school acceptance, you need to assess what happened; perhaps you overreached, or didn’t understand a piece of the private school admission process? I suggest you begin rebuilding your private school admission process and its foundation, […]

Variable Private School Tuition Is Arriving (at a few schools)

Variable Tuition is arriving in the private school marketplace. Tuitions require a significant family investment and schools recognize that it benefits them to make their seats accessible to families who may not be able to afford full tuition. Consultant Rick Newberry recently published, “Is Variable Tuition Right for Your School?” on his blog at Enrollment […]

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