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From Chemistry Teacher to Headmaster: Arch Smith Celebrates 40 Years at Trinity-Pawling

When I got word of Arch Smith’s retirement announcement a few days back, I thought, “He’s been there forever. How can he leave?” An incongruous set of questions, I know, but Arch has been at T-P…almost forever. Thirty-nine years so far and, next year, Arch and Gay will conclude forty years on one school campus. […]

Grand River Academy Rewards Applicant Initiative

It’s a piece of every educator’s dream to have their students own, and initiate, their educations. But, alas, each one of our students is in a different place in terms of growth and responsibility. Our students may not be exactly where we want them in terms of planning, execution, self-control, and self-advocacy, but we’ll get […]

From Grand River Academy –The Essential Characteristics of a Boy-Friendly Learning Environment

Grand River Academy never shies away from their mission — boys education. They do nice work making the case for boys schools and their specific approaches to boys education; they’ve produced a few infographics and I just came across a pdf pamphlet they’ve done- The Essential Characteristics of a Boy-Friendly Learning Environment. If you’re interested […]

Trinity Pawling’s Shane Skov Makes Sports Illustrated Cover

As #5 Stanford will play #23 Arizona State this Saturday at 4 PM Pacific, I offer this purely indulgent post this afternoon as we look at conference play beginning in full for the 2013 college football season. Trinity-Pawling School alumnus Shane Skov, and Stanford Cardinal leader, was featured on the cover (west coast edition) and […]

A Response to Slate: Why We Need Private Schools

You are a bad person if you send your children to private school. Not bad like murderer bad—but bad like ruining-one-of-our-nation’s-most-essential-institutions-in-order-to-get-what’s-best-for-your-kid bad. So, pretty bad. I am not an education policy wonk: I’m just judgmental….” These are the words of Allison Benedikt, who writes at Slate. (I’m also willing to bet, not a parent or a teacher.) Really? No kidding? […]

Photo Essay: Greenwood School Gettysburg Address

This small photo essay accompanies the post about Greenwood’s Gettysburg Address recitation right of passage. Learn more about the Ken Burns Greenwood School Documentary.

Ken Burns Explores the Greenwood School’s Gettysburg Address Recitation

If you’re of a certain age, been a U.S history student during the past two decades, and/or a PBS aficionado, you know Ken Burns interest in the civil war through his exhaustive 1990 documentary The Civil War. The Civil War still stands as benchmark among documentary films for its length, audience size, and quality of […]

South Kent School March Madness Connections

Multi-screening last night with the tournament final on in the background, came across a couple of interesting articles connected to South Kent School. First, from NJ.com, “Final Four 2013: The “Odd Couple,” Louisville’s Russ Smith and Michigan’s Nik Stauskas,” writer Brendan Prunty recounts the building of the friendship between Louisville’s Russ Smith and Michigan’s Nik […]

Avon Old Farms Alumnus Juan Nieves Joins Red Sox

Gordon Edes of ESPN has written a nice picture of the career arc and experiences that have taken Avon alumnus Juan Nieves from high school pitching phenom; to major league starter; to the second youngest pitcher ever to throw a no-hitter; to a career ended by injury at 22; to working up through the coaching […]

2013 NEPSAC Boys Basketball and Hockey Championships

In all the years that I’ve been following the New England Prep School basketball and hockey tournaments at a distance, this year’s coverage is the easiest to find and best yet. Now on to some quick congratulations to AdmissionsQuest schools who participated in the finals, and/or won their respective winter championship tournaments- Cushing, Brooks, Kents […]

Riverside Military Academy to West Point Admission

Ever wonder how military boarding school; admission to West Point; a military career; and working in the West Point directorate of admission come together? You’ll find them all in our interview with Riverside Military Academy alumnus and Florida State Congressional District Coordinator for the Directorate of Admissions, CPT Charles Cook. In our interview CPT Cook […]

Grand River Academy: The Harlem Shake Academy Style

Anyone who’s lived and worked in boarding school knows the routine is a great help; you know what’s coming at you when. But, when the routine gets monotonous especially during the short days of winter when limited daylight and the cold push everyone indoors more than they might like, what do you do? We break […]

Is it Time to Reconsider Our Approach Regarding Boys Education?

Twenty years ago, or so, as faculty meeting after faculty meeting focused on the needs of our school’s girls and what we needed to for our girls, a faculty colleague pointed out that, as we assumed gender driven positions and definitions under the auspices of remedying something regarding girls education, our definitions and practices would […]

A Guided Tour of Blue Ridge School

Two Blue Ridge School students share their campus insights and experiences as they take you on a tour!

Trip Darrin Appointed Blue Ridge School Headmaster

After serving as acting headmaster eleven months, Blue Ridge trustees announced Darrin’s permanent appointment as Headmaster.

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