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Hargrave Alumnus M SGT Thomas Saunders Dies in Training Accident

The death of Hargrave alumnus Master Sergeant Thomas Saunders of the United States Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) brings me to this post and something we don’t often talk, or hear about — the boarding boarding school alumni who go on to serve in the armed forces and those who perish while serving. […]

2015 NEPSAC Winter Athletic Tournament Results

The great NEPSAC and NEISWA winter prep school sports tournaments concluded this past weekend…You gotta love the way winter sports lend themselves to tight tournament action! Once again, both sanctioning bodies New England Preparatory Schools Athletic Council (NEPSAC) and and New England Independent School Wrestling Association (NEISWA) did great jobs of keeping the brackets up […]

Boys Schools and Girls Schools Can Be Great Choices

This past weekend’s New York Times Sunday Dialogue took on the question of single gender education in piece titled How to Educate Boys. I recommend the full discussion if you haven’t read it. Rather than recount/summarize the arguments, I’ll stick with a response to it. I do include some highlights from The NYT below my […]

Fork Union: Foundation of Cardale Jones Success

I’ll admit, sometimes as boarding school faculty member we didn’t know if personally, or structurally, we were getting through to a student. It’s true that some students arrive to boarding school reluctantly. Most don’t. But, some arrive either irritated with their parents; believing that they know everything, already; or, that this crazy place, with all […]

Top 10 Boarding School Blog Posts of 2014

2015 brings us to an our annual Boarding School blog post review – Top 10 Boarding School Blog Posts of 2014. We poured over the numbers to rank our top content over the course of 2014 — from videos to blog posts. We’ll report on the numbers as January progresses. Here’s the countdown. AdmissionsQuest’s “Top […]

Why Are You A Hillside School Tour Guide?

Why are you a Hillside School tour guide? What do you believe in so strongly/what’s so great about Hillside School that motivates to share it with prospective students? I became a tour guide at the end of sixth grade and have been giving tours at Hillside for almost four years. I enjoy meeting new people […]

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 […]

Boys’ Risky Behavior Meta Study Could Help Educators

Those of us who work in, follow, support and/or are products for boys education will find interesting reading in two short articles and the meta study they cover. The meta study “Teenage Brains: Think Different?” is published in a special volume of Developmental Neuroscience. “Florida State neuroscientist Pradeep Bhide, Ph.D., brought together some of the […]

Hargrave Military Academy’s Twist on Alumni Day: Keeping Alumni Connected by Giving Back Through Service

One of enduring questions for private schools – boarding and day – is how to keep alumni connected as the years pass? In a twist on the traditional alumni weekend, Hargrave Military Academy connects and engages alumni through their  Annual Alumni Weekend of Service; Hargrave’s Weekend of Service combines traditional alumni weekend activities of reconnection, […]

Grand River Finds More Than 20% of Parents Consider Boarding School

Here’s a reflection of how the world changes. Grand River Academy commissioned a survey to explore just how widespread family considerations of boarding school might be. More than 20% of American parents are open to considering boarding school for their child. GRA finds that overall, 21.3% of American families, “over one-fifth of Americans ages 35 […]

2014 NFL Draft Tally: Fork Union Military – 5; University of Texas – 0

Fork Union Military Academy had more players taken in this year’s NFL Draft than the University of Texas. (Full disclosure, I’m Texas fan.) Simply amazing. This tells you just how strong the FUMA football program is, and has been for some time. Take a look at FUMA’s football alumni page. FUMA’s 2014 draftees: Carlos Hyde […]

South Kent and Hotchkiss: Boys Education Comes Into Focus

I’ve written before about the question posed by one of my colleagues — the father of two boys — 25+ years ago when girls education and achievement was on the front burner, on high heat. He asked (paraphrased), “Has, or is, anyone considering, what our full, almost exclusive attention to helping girls close the achievement […]

Ken Burns Greenwood School Gettysburg Address Premiers April 15, 2014

A whirlwind of activity surrounds The Greenwood School and the premier of Ken Burns’ latest PBS documentary, The Address tonight at 9PM EDT on PBS. Regular readers know that Burns spent time on the Greenwood campus — just over a year ago — following the boys through their rite of passage that requires each boy […]

Bridgton Academy: Dylan Owen’s Stepping Stone to Nebraska Football

One of two out of state walk-ons in Nebraska’s 2014 entering football class, Bridgton Academy’s Dylan Owen has accepted a preferred walk-on spot with the Cornhuskers for fall 2014. He has a shot at becoming a member of Nebraska’s vaunted Blackshirts. Owen is no stranger to Nebraska football. He may have grown up in New […]

Riverside Military Academy and Randolph Macon Academy Participate in AMCSUS 38th Military Band and Choral Festival

AdmissionsQuest member schools Riverside Military and Randolph-Macon Academy recently had students participate in the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS) 38th Military Band and Choral Festival. Originally a regional event for Virginia Military schools, The Military Band and Choral Festival now brings together Cadets nationwide. Randolph-Macon Academy hosted this year’s […]

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