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A School Expert’s Review of St. Mark’s School

St. Mark’s School students graduate well prepared for college. Global citizenship is a part of each student’s St. Mark’s experience; the program teaches students the values of leadership and service as well as creative, analytic, and cooperative work, and exploring the larger world. The program includes domestic and international service learning and students are encouraged […]

A School Expert’s Review of Concord Academy

Concord Academy faculty and students focus on today, celebrating and living in the moment with an eye toward the future. CA allows students to do well at being themselves. Concord Academy students grow into themselves with CA helping them discover and get there. CA adults think of themselves as partners in a student’s growth. Teachers […]

Why Are You A Walnut Hill School for the Arts Tour Guide?

Why are you a Walnut Hill School for the Arts tour guide? What do you believe in so strongly/what’s so great about Walnut Hill that motivates to share it with prospective students? “I am a tour guide at Walnut Hill because my family and I had lots of questions about this school during the application […]

A School Expert’s Review of Walnut Hill School for the Arts

As a pre-professional arts boarding school, Walnut Hill School for the Arts is fundamentally different from other schools. All students have an arts major, which occupies afternoon time blocks: dance, music, theater, musical theater, visual arts or writing/media/film (film added as of next year). Walnut Hill is a powerful combination of Arts and academics. Walnut […]

A School Expert’s Review of Cushing Academy

New Headmaster Christopher Torino is very present and involved in daily life at Cushing Academy, which students appreciate. Cushing Academy feels like a traditional boarding school with contemporary touches. Currently, Cushing is recommitting to community. “Right-sizing,” or returning the school to approximately 400 students, is bringing a return to community-centered events such as all-school dinners […]

Why Are You an Eagle Hill School Tour Guide?

Why are you a Eagle Hill tour guide? What do you believe in so strongly/what’s so great about Eagle Hill that motivates to share it with prospective students? “I have been at the Eagle Hill School since I was a freshman, and now I am a junior. This place has become a second home to me. I have learned […]

Real Learning: the Future of American Boarding and Private Schools

If you’re a parent considering private school for your student; if you’re a teacher, or administrator, in an independent school thinking about the future of independent education; asking, what will private schools look like; what will private schools teach; how will private schools differentiate themselves from improved public schools, I suggest you begin, or prime […]

A School Expert’s Review of Eagle Hill School

I thought ‘wow’ as stepped on to the Eagle Hill School campus. Everything — the kids, faculty, and academic program — is very impressive. Everyone was very friendly, happy, and very willing to speak about their school. Instantly, you feel like you belong when you step onto campus and you want to get involved in […]

A School Expert’s Review of Hillside School

Hillside School exceeded my expectations in every way beginning with its lovely, rural setting, amazingly not far from Rte 495 in Marlborough, Massachusetts. The boys were lovely and adorable. Hillside boys learn how to be successful and independent. They make friends; they mature; they become responsible, kind, respectful, and confident to go out and face […]

A School Expert’s Review of Brooks School

Brooks School head, John Packard stressed importance of pausing, reflecting, slowing down and creating an environment/community in which kids can be happy. No two students, at Brooks, are really alike. Brooks prides itself on working with the whole child and embracing and engaging students; students we met were certainly productive and happy. Brooks students enjoy […]

Boarding School Classrooms: Benefits of Small Frequent Quizzes

Another topic from an article that’s been on my desk for a while (and that I wrote about just about a year ago) – more evidence shows that that regular/frequent tests and quizzes work as learning tools and I think the boarding school classroom is well suited to them. How often is your student taking […]

Why are you a Putney School tour guide?

Why are you a Putney School tour guide?  What do you believe in so strongly/what’s so great about Putney School that motivates to share it with prospective students? I became a tour guide half-way through my freshman year after the life changing experience of moving to boarding school. I love working with the admissions office, and, […]

A School Expert’s Review of Putney School

Putney School, Putney, Vermont “Dialogue” plays a huge part in the Putney community. Dialogue is different than conversation, discussion, or debate. Dialogue at Putney means working together. Putney doesn’t want students tuned out or disconnected. Students have to focus intently and practice mindfulness. Putney demands collective responsibility and interdependence. Putney is a simple place that […]

Why are you a Winchendon School tour guide?

Why are you a Winchendon School tour guide? I am a tour guide because I feel like I can represent my school well, and I like speaking to people about the quality of my school. Also, I signed up for the green key ambassador club. What do you believe in so strongly/what’s so great about […]

A School Expert’s Review of Winchendon School

Winchendon School, Winchendon, MA. The Winchendon experience is built around college preparation, developing good character, and developing essential study skills and learning strategies. The curriculum emphasizes individual skill building, team effort, and positive reinforcement taught by the entire faculty. Tour Guide quote of the visit: “Winch” has taught me how to manage my time efficiently, […]

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