1. Education
Send to a Friend via Email

Private Schools Blog


Follow me on:

Learn More about the SSAT and ISEE Admissions Tests

Friday December 6, 2013


The ISEE and SSAT are the most commonly used admissions tests for non-parochial private schools. Students and their parents often wonder what their ISEE or SSAT scores mean and how to best prepare for these tests. Find strategies to prepare for the ISEE and SSAT and learn more about what your SSAT and ISEE scores mean.

Photo: Getty Images

Preventing Kids from Smoking

Thursday December 5, 2013


Research suggests that 70% of today's adult smokers started smoking before they were 18. That means it's never too early to speak to your kids about the dangers of smoking. Here's how parents and teachers can prevent kids from smoking.

Photo: Jun Takahashi/Taxi Japan, Getty Images

Recognizing Depression in Teens

Thursday December 5, 2013


Experts believe that as many as 20% of teens experience depression reaching adulthood, and teen stress may be on the rise in a school culture that emphasizes standardized testing and in which students are receiving increased amounts of homework. There are ways in which parents and teachers can recognize if teens are depressed to make sure that teens get the help they need. Here's how to recognize if a teenager may be depressed and in need of help.

Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

A Review of "The Reason I Jump" by Naoki Higashida

Thursday December 5, 2013

Autism and autistic spectrum disorders, such as Asperger's Syndrome, are often misunderstood, and teachers in public and private schools struggle to help children with these disorders. A book called The Reason I Jump, written by a 13-year-old non-verbal Japanese boy with autism named Naoki Higashida, will help teachers and parents understand what children with autism are really feeling and thinking. The book was recently translated from Japanese by KA Yoshida with an introduction by David Mitchell. Read more about The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida.

Fostering Kids' Love of Learning

Thursday December 5, 2013


In a climate in which standardized testing and teaching to the test have become the goals of many schools, what can public and private schools do to encourage kids' love of learning? Here are some tips to help parents and teachers help kids love to learn.

Photo: Yellow Dog Productions/Getty Images

BASIS Opens Two Independent Schools in Brooklyn and San Jose

Wednesday December 4, 2013


BASIS.ed, an educational group that has started top-performing STEM-focused liberal arts charter schools, is now opening two independent schools. Starting with its first charter school in Tucson, Arizona, BASIS has opened schools that have quickly risen to be placed among the national public high schools with the highest SAT scores and the best results. However, unlike other top public schools, BASIS schools have open enrollment. Now, BASIS is starting two private schools--one in Brooklyn, New York, in the up-and-coming area of Red Hook, and the other in San Jose, deep in Silicon Valley. Read more about the new independent BASIS schools.

Image: Rendering of BASIS Independent Brooklyn/carhuff + cueva, Architects, llc

The Life-long Benefits of Music Study

Tuesday December 3, 2013


It turns out that studying music is not just enjoyable--it also reaps incredible educational benefits. According to Lisa Nowicki, Director of Fine Arts at Léman Manhattan, a private boarding and day school in lower Manhattan, there are life-long cognitive and other benefits of instrumental music study. Read more about the life-long benefits of music study.

Photo: Lisa Nowicki conducting the high school band at Léman/Mariah Sanford-White

Busting Myths About Kids' Learning

Monday December 2, 2013

dad in classroom

Parents tell themselves a lot of things about their kids' learning and success in school--and some of what parents worry about is unnecessary. Here are some things parents need to worry about--and many things they don't--to help their children succeed in school.

Photo: Digital Vision/Getty Images

The Best Holiday Gifts for Teachers

Monday December 2, 2013

teacher gift

It can be hard to find the right holiday gift to show a private school teacher that you appreciate him or her. The best holiday gift for your teacher need not be expensive. There are ways to show your teacher you appreciate him or her with a simple gift. Here are some dos and don'ts about buying holiday gifts for your private school teachers.

Photo: Digital Vision/Getty Images

JFK's Private School Education

Tuesday November 12, 2013


In honor of John F. Kennedy, who was tragically assassinated 50 years ago this month, read more about JFK's early education at public and private schools and about JFK's high school years at Choate. At Choate, John F. Kennedy emerged from behind the shadow of his older brother, Joe, and went from being an antic, rebellious student to the senior voted most likely to succeed.

Photo: JFK at College/Hulton Archives, Getty Images

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.