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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A School Expert’s Review of Fessenden School

Accepting, considerate, compassionate, cooperative, dedicated, determined, energetic, enthusiastic, fun-loving, intellectual, open, organized, self-confident, supportive, unique are just a few adjectives that come to mind after my visit to Fessenden School. I loved my Fessenden visit. Every room, corner, program, and class made me smile and want to jump in and be a part of this […]

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.” […]

13 Questions to Help You Observe & Understand A Boarding School’s Residential Life Curriculum!

A couple of weeks back, I wrote Learn How to Use Your Campus Tour and Interview to Your Advantage. As we move further into the campus tour and interview season, today, I want to remind families to consider what we used to call the unwritten curriculum. (I say ‘used to’ because many schools now have […]

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 […]

Massachusetts Boarding School to Join the Independent School League Fall of 2017

Tabor Academy will become a member of the Independent School League or ISL beginning fall 2017. As the college conference athletic adage goes, ‘it’s who you play.’ Tabor is excited to join the ISL for reasons that go beyond sports. “As we look ahead to Tabor’s future, we see opportunity in being part of this […]

Brewster Alumnus Topher Grace ’97 Narrates the School’s New Video

How does school get its most famous actor alumnus to narrate the school’s new admission video? Just ask. The Way Education Should Be from Brewster Academy on Vimeo. Lynne Palmer, Brewster’s Director of Admission & External Affairs called Grace and asked him to voice the video. Since graduation, and throughout his acting career, Grace has […]

New Hampshire Primary: Brewster Academy’s Political Science Lab

Mia Ventola, Brewster Academy ninth grader, spent part of her fall volunteering for Hilary Clinton’s New Hampshire primary campaign. Brewster history teacher T.J. Palmer has taken the living, working political science lab that New Hampshire retail politics becomes every four years and turned it into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for his students, A Primary Opportunity. I […]

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, […]

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