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Five Common Private School Interview Questions...
A description of five common questions private school admissions committees ask in the interview.
Top 12 Boarding Schools in the United States
Most of America's top boarding schools enjoy well-deserved reputations for campus facilities and amenities surpassing those at many colleges.
Do You Know a Good SSAT or ISEE Score?
A description of how the SSAT and ISEE are scored.
The 10 Steps to Starting Your Own Private School
Starting a private school is a lengthy, complicated process. Fortunately for you there's absolutely no need to re-invent the wheel.
The Top New York City Schools: Admissions Data...
What makes a top school? Challenging curriculum, low teacher to student ratio, high admissions standards and a clear vision of the school's purpose.
6 Steps to Prepare Your Child for Private...
This article helps parents and students prepare for the interview that is an important part of the private school admissions process. The article talks about ways in which parents and students can prepare without stress or over-coaching, and it mentions some common pitfalls that they should avoid.
What You Should Know About Montessori Schools
What's the definition of a Montessori school? Montessori schools are very popular in the U.S. where there are over 8,500 Montessori schools.
Is Single Sex Education Better Than Co-education?
Single sex education fell out of fashion in the 1970's. It's enjoying a renewed popularity as people discover the advantages of single sex education.
Interview Questions for Private School Admissions
Common questions that applicants can practice to prepare for admissions interviews at private schools.
5 Things to You Must Avoid at an Admissions...
The admissions interview can be a nerve-wracking experience for most of us. Here are a couple of suggestions about things you really ought not to do or say on that occasion.
Public vs. Private Schools: How Do They Compare?
This comparison of private and public schools looks at factors such as cost, college preparation, accreditation, discipline, teacher certification and more.
Which Is Better? Private and Public Schools...
What are the differences when you compare private and public schools? Facilities, class size, teaching, budgets and administrative support are a few.
How Much Do Private School Teachers Make?
Compensation in private schools is just like compensation in any other sector. It's all over the ball park. Here's a look at private school salaries.
10 Great Boarding Schools for Under \$20,000
Many boarding schools charge tuition of more than $40,000 a year. Here are 10 schools which charge half as much.
Public vs. Private Schools: 5 Major Differences
How to choose whether your child should attend public or private school.
What Do Private School Admissions Committees...
A description of what private school admissions committees want in their candidates.
Cell Phones in Schools: Nuisance or Necessity?
Most schools have rules about using cell phones. Students are allowed to have them but must abide by the rules concerning when and where to use them.
5 Reasons to Attend Private High School
Why would you want to send your child to a private high school? Consider these five reasons why that might be an idea worth a closer look.
4 Advantages of Single-Sex Schools
Though it's hard to generalize about all single-sex schools, here are some commonalities that tend to characterize many single-sex schools.
5 More Reasons to Consider Private School
Here are some of the popular reasons why parents should consider private school as an education option for their children.
3 Reasons Why Private School Students Cheat and...
A vast majority of young people (and adults for that matter) believe that cheating is wrong. However, most young people cheat. Why? Page 2.
Beyond Certification: Important Requirements...
Many private schools will waive teacher certification in order to attract gifted or experienced individuals who are not trained teachers. The schools reason that they would rather have a person teach a subject about which he is passionate and highly knowledgeable than have a trained teacher just going through the motions.
Montessori vs Waldorf: How Do They Compare?
What are the differences between a Montessori school and a Waldorf school? Montessori vs Waldorf - how do they compare?
How to Place a Student with Asperger's or...
How to find the right school for a child with Asperger's Syndrome or High-Functioning Autism.
Why Choose A Single-Sex School
A description of single-sex private schools.
Headmasters' Compensation
Which headmaster is paid the most? Like most things, it depends. Cash salary is just one component in most headmasters' compensation packages.
Choate Rosemary Hall: Admissions Data and...
This profile of Choate Rosemary Hall includes admissions data and other information about the school. Choate Rosemary Hall was founded in 1890.
A Better Chance
Since 1963, the scholarship organization A Better Chance has helped 13,000 students attend college-prep private and public schools across the nation.
2 Major Reasons for Banning Corporal Punishment
There are still states which permit corporal punishment in schools. Here are two reasons why corporal punishment should be banned in the United States.
3 Things You Should Know Before Writing a...
How parents can write their statement on private school applications.
What Do Private School Teachers Earn?
An explanation of what private school teachers and administrators earn.
Paying Private School Tuitions
Learn ways to find financial aid for private school tuition.
How to Pick the Best Private School
This article describes the criteria parents and students should look for in choosing a private school. The article guides parents and students to ways in which they can get beyond the tour and truly understand the hidden features and culture of a private school that they are considering.
Promoting Your School
Your school has a Web site which has been professionally designed. It's a wonderful complement to your catalog and video. They are public relations masterpieces. Now all you have to do is just wait for the admissions inquiries and referrals from consultants to roll in, right? Not exactly. There are several things you can do to optimize your marketing efforts and your Web site.
10 Top Schools for Children with Learning...
Children diagnosed with dyslexia, ADD/ADHD and other learning disabilities thrive in schools with teachers trained to remediate those learning disabilities. These are your guide's picks of the hundreds of schools which offer programs for learning differences.
Hockey Schools in Canada
Hockey and prep schools go together like ice and a puck. A terrific combination! If your child is serious about playing professional hockey some day, then you need to consider a prep school. This list of Canadian hockey schools is by no means exclusive. Consider it a starting point in your search for the right school north of the border.
Phillips Exeter Academy: Admissions Data and...
This profile of Phillips Exeter Academy includes admissions data and other information about the school. Phillips Academy Exeter was founded in 1781. Located in the quaint colonial town of Exeter in southern New Hampshire, the school enjoys a fine reputation as one of America's top three private schools.
Ten 10 Most Commonly Produced School Plays
Which plays are most often produced in schools--and why school drama teachers run into controversy.
How a Student's Rights Differ in a Private School
When you attend a private school, your rights are not the same as they were in public school. Why? Because you are covered by contract law, not the constitution.
Top 4 Reasons to Teach in a Private School
The essential difference between public and private schools is discipline. A public school has to engage in due process in order to discipline a student. A private school can discipline a student based on the contractual or legal relationship between parent and school. More here. Page 2.
5 Strategies to Prepare for the ISEE and SSAT
How to prepare for the ISEE and SSAT, admissions tests to private boarding and day schools.
How to Prepare for Admissions Tests
How to prepare for and take the common admissions tests for private schools, including the ISEE, SSAT, and TACHS or COOP.
How to Survive Your Admissions Interview
Worried about surviving your admissions interview? Don't worry. Follow these simple steps will help you ace your admissions interview.
5 Things You Can Do to Help Make Your School...
Creating green schools takes imagination, awareness and effort. Here are five things we all can do to make our schools green.
Deerfield Academy
This profile of Deerfield Academy includes admissions data and other information about the school. Deerfield Academy was founded in 1797.
The Postgraduate Year
Many students and parents like the idea of an extra school year before heading off to college. Known as the PG or Postgraduate Year, it offers students a little extra time to develop academic and athletic skills as well as to grow up a bit.
What's the difference between a 'private'...
What's the difference between a 'private' school and an 'independent' school?
Private School Uniforms and Dress Codes
Private schools have had uniforms and dress codes for generations. We explore the pros and cons of uniforms and dress codes as well as their history.
Equestrian Schools
Several private schools have equestrian facilities which rival some of the best in the world. If your child is an rider, you will want to consider these equestrian schools.
The Hotchkiss School: Admissions Data and...
This profile of The Hotchkiss School includes admissions data and other information about the school. The Hotchkiss School was founded in 1891.
Starting a School
Many parents and teachers dream of starting their own private school. They do this for many reasons including wanting to have control over what is taught and how it is taught. Starting a private school takes time, money and effort. Doug Halladay shows you how to proceed.
10 Facts About Private Schools
If you are considering sending your child to private school, this data and information will answer some of the important questions.
5 Ways to Pay for a Private School
Three ways to finance a private school education are to pay cash, take out a loan or win a scholarship. But there are two more ways to finance it.
What is a Boarding School?
Private schools fall in two basic categories: boarding and day schools. A boarding school is a residential school where students actually live on campus.
How Do I Get Into Private School?
There are several ways you can get into private school. Most people get in by getting high scores on the SSAT/ISEE tests, interviewing well and submitting favorable recommendations from their former school. Some have relatives who attend the school.
St. Paul's School - Admissions Data and Profile...
This profile of St. Paul's School includes admissions data and other information about the school. St. Paul's School was founded in 1856.
Phillips Academy Andover: Admissions Data and...
This profile of Phillips Academy Andover includes admissions data and other information about the school. Phillips Academy Andover was founded in 1778 a few years after Independence by prominent revolutionary family.
A Tour of Boston Area Schools
Boston has several special needs schools capable of handling a variety of learning difference and other issues. Page 3.
What is A Montessori School?
A description of Montessori schools and their methods.
What Is Progressive Education?
What is progressive education? Essentially it is a reaction against the traditional style of teaching which teaches facts largely at the expense of understanding what is being taught.
Peddie School, Hightstown, NJ
This profile of Peddie School includes admissions data and other information about the school. Peddie School was founded in 1864. Page 4.
Private School Admissions Tests
There are several different types of admissions tests. The tests determine readiness for college prep studies most private high schools offer.
Groton School: Admissions Data and Information
This profile of Groton School includes admissions data and other information about the school. Groton School was founded in 1884 making it a junior member, chronologically speaking, of the highly competitive schools. Located in Groton, Massachusetts, the school enjoys a fine reputation as one of America's top private schools.
5 Mistakes to Avoid in Private School Admissions
Five Mistakes to Avoid in Private School Admissions
Resumes for Private School Teaching Jobs
How to write a resume targeted to a private school teaching job.
What Is A Psycho-Educational Evaluation?
What a psycho-educational evaluation measures and how the process of conducting an evaluation can help a struggling student.
Free Private Schools
Ideally education should have no economic or social restrictions. These private schools are a wonderful tribute to that sentiment.
How to Fill Out the Standard Application to...
A description of each part of the Standard Application to private school and how to fill it out.
Is Responsible Cell Phone Use in School Possible?
The debate over whether cell phones should be allowed in schools.
Should Private Schools Accept Siblings and...
A description of the private school policy of accepting siblings and legacies.
The Lawrenceville School: Admissions Data and...
This profile of The Lawrenceville School includes admissions data and other information about the school. The Lawrenceville School was founded in 1810.
The SSAT and the ISEE
The SSAT and ISEE are the most widely used private school admissions tests. Here's an overview of the SSAT and ISEE.
Starting a Private School
Starting your own school is a dream many of us have had but few of us have actually realized. A private school is a business. It has to be planned like a business, capitalized like a business, marketed like a business and run like a business. Each one of those steps requires expertise and determination.
Le Rosey: The Most Expensive School in the World
A description of Le Rosey, the most expensive school in the world.
10 Facts About Military Schools
If you are looking at private school for your son or daughter, military school is one option worth considering particularly if you are considering a boarding school. Here are some facts about military schools to help you make that decision.
Jewish Schools
A list of Jewish Schools in Brooklyn.
Affordable New York City Private Schools
There are some private schools in New York City that are more affordable.
How to Choose a Special Education School
How to choose and evaluate a special education school for your child.
Private Schools Finder - Private Schools in the...
Find private K-12 schools in the U.S. by clicking on a map.
Single Sex Education Advantages
Single sex education is a tiny part of American private education. What, if any, are the advantages of single sex education over coeducation? Do boys and girls learn better when educated separately? Here are some facts for you to ponder as you explore this option as you choose a school for your child.
Definition of Nonsectarian Schools
What is a nonsectarian school? It is a school which does not adhere to or subscribe to any particular religious belief.
Georgetown Preparatory School: Admissions Data...
This profile of Georgetown Preparatory School includes admissions data and other information about the school. Georgetown Preparatory School was founded in 1789.
Private Schools in a Minute
An overview of private schools in a minute. Quick Facts and Stats.
How to Get Into New York's Top Catholic Schools
What is the TACHS? The TACHS is a high school admissions test used in the Archdiocese of New York and Diocese of Brooklyn/Queens.
The Best Review Books for the ISEE and SSAT
The best review books for private school admissions tests, including the ISEE and SSAT.
Arts Schools
Only a handful of private schools in the United States are devoted exclusively to the arts and the performing arts. Most of them integrate artistic training with rigorous academics. If your child is gifted in the arts, be sure to explore some of these fine schools.
How Do Private Schools Determine Financial Aid?
The process by which private schools determine how to award financial aid.
Military Schools
There are over 30 private military high schools in the United States. If your son or daughter dreams of a military career, several of these fine military schools should be on your list of private schools to consider.
Milton Academy: Admissions Data and Information
This profile of Milton Academy includes admissions data and other information about the school. Milton Academy was founded in 1798.
5 Tips for Writing an Effective Cover Letter
An effective cover letter is a critical part of the private school job search process. Get it right and you stand a good chance at being interviewed. Get it wrong and your resume ends up in the circular file. Here are five tips to help you nail this process.
IB Schools
A small number of private schools in the U.S. offer the IB or International Baccalaureate program. The International Baccalaureate is recognized at colleges and universities worldwide.
Top 10 Questions Parents Have About Private...
Most of us parents have lots of questions about private schools. Getting answers to those questions is not easy because there is a lot of misinformation about private schools. Here are the top 10 questions parents ask most often together with some answers to those questions.
The 10 Most Commonly Read Books in Private High...
A description of the ten most commonly read books in independent high schools.
How To Become a Private School Teacher
Want to become a private school teacher? Follow these steps and you will be well on your way.
Top 10 Myths About Private Schools
It's easy to say that private schools are only for rich kids. But that's simply not true. Here are the top 10 myths about private schools.
Fostering Cultural Diversity in Your School
Fostering cultural diversity in a school community is a process. A proactive school leadership sets the tone. Leading by example allows diversity to trickle down through faculty, staff and students. Ignore diversity at your peril in our multicultural, pluralistic global society.
AP & IB - A Matter of Excellence
Advanced Placement courses offer students the opportunity to explore subjects in greater depth than normal course offerings. Most universities recognize a high score in AP exams as the equivalent of first year college course work.Schools which offer the International Baccalaureate follow a rigorous program of studies which leads to a diploma internationally recognized.Both programs are the creme de la creme of secondary education.
A to Z List of Private School Profiles
In these profiles you'll find private school information such as acceptance rates, costs, financial aid information, enrollment numbers, private school descriptions, private school photos, and other useful data.
How Private Schools Raise Money
How and why private schools ask for donations.
Avoid Private School Interview Mistakes
How to avoid mistakes during the interview that will hurt your chances of private school admissions.
Private Schools that Are Affordable for the...
How middle-class families can afford private-school tuition.
Middlesex School: Admissions Data And Information
This profile of Middlesex School includes admissions data and other information about the school. Middlesex School was founded in 1901.
Autism Service Dogs in the Classroom
A description of how autism service dogs help children at home and at school.
How Do Private Schools Use Their Endowments?
Private schools are increasingly using their endowments to pay for the cost of educating their students and to recruit a socio-economically diverse student body.
Writing a Five-Paragraph Essay
How to produce a good essay for private school classes.
The Advantages of a Boys' School
There are several advantages to a boys' school. Boys thrive in an academic setting where they can be themselves. Conformity gives way to individuality. Curiosity about the arts, drama and languages thrives in an environment where such activities are acceptable. Geeks and jocks live in harmony. That's the theory. Let's examine how it plays out in actual practice.
Private Schools in Portland, Oregon
A description of private schools in Portland, Oregon.
Prep School Scandals
Every school, public or private, has had its share of bad news. How they handle these tough moments is a measure of how competent and sensitive private school administrations really are.
Private School Admissions Tests for Young...
A description of the ERBs, a private school admissions test for young children.
The Benefits of Attending a Girls' School
There are several benefits of attending a girls' school. Your daughter deserves the chance to attend a school where she can be herself. Consider a girls' school.
Can I Get Financial Aid?
Can I get financial aid? What options are there for paying private school expenses?
Is Accreditation Necessary?
Is accreditation necessary? Should you send your child to an unaccredited school? What is accreditation anyway? We answer these questions and more.
Private Schools in Cleveland, Ohio
A description of private schools in Cleveland, Ohio.
What Do Wechsler Intelligence Tests Measure?
A description of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC), often used in private school admissions, and what it measures — and does not measure.
The Advantages of a Boarding School Education
A study carried out by The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) validates the advantages of a boarding school education.
Writing the Candidate Statement on Your...
How to write a compelling candidate statement.
What Is the ISEE?
What is the ISEE? The ISEE is a widely used private school admissions tests.
Running A School
Help and advice for the folks who keep a private school running behind the scenes: the heads, the deans, the business managers and other support staff.
What Are the Top Boarding Schools Like?
A description of academic and extracurricular life at top boarding schools.
What Is the SSAT?
What is the SSAT? The SSAT is one of the most widely used private school admissions tests.
The Parent Questionnaire
One of the documents which most schools require you to complete during the application process is the Parent Questionnaire, also known as the Parent Statement.
What Is a Waldorf School?
What is the definition of a Waldorf school? By definition a Waldorf school is a school which follows the teachings of Rudolf Steiner.
What is an International Baccalaureate (IB)...
A description of how International Baccalaureate (IB) schools work.
Why Learning Fractions Is So Important
Many students stumble learning fractions, but it turns out that fractions are the door to future math learning.
Setting Up A LAN for a Small School
Small schools have limited resources and personnel to implement technology plans. Here's a simple plan to set up a LAN (Local Area Network) in your school.
A Timeline for the School Search Process
Use this school search process timeline to keep yourself organized as you search for a private school for your children.
How to Get Learning Accommodations at Private...
How parents can get accommodations for their children with learning disabilities at private school.
Assessment - The Most Common Grade Scale
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Junior Boarding Schools
Junior boarding schools offer distinct advantages for parents and students alike. The self-contained, well-supervised community which a junior boarding school provides allows parents to send their children off to school with maximum peace of mind. The extensive academics, athletic and extracurricular activities will keep a young adolescent safely occupied and stimulated.
JFK at Choate
John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, attended Choate, a boarding and day school in Wallingford, Connecticut, during his high school years
What Are Vouchers?
What are private school vouchers? The school choice debate revolves around the issuance of vouchers or scholarships for students to attend non-public schools.
Types Of Private Schools
Private schools come in all shapes and sizes. Here are the types of schools and the differences between them including independent schools, Waldorf, Montessori, Christian and other types of private schools.
The Parent's Guide to Private Schools
The Parent's Guide to Private Schools offers advice and information to parents thinking about sending their children to private school.
The Reggio Emilia Approach
One of several progressive approaches to early education, Reggio Emilia has become popular with parents seeking a child-centered educational experience.
Why Ranking Schools Doesn't Matter
How does one school compare to another or where you can find rankings of private schools? It's not that simple. Here are three reasons why ranking schools doesn't matter.
JFK’s Private School Education
A description of John F. Kennedy's education at private elementary and secondary schools.
How Can I Pay for Private School?
When it comes to paying for a private school education, you have several options open to you. The most important advice is simple: always ask. If you need financial aid, ask. If you feel you deserve a discount because you have several children at the school, ask.
Shady Side Academy
This profile of Shady Side Academy includes admissions data and other information about the school. Shady Side Academy was founded in 1883. Page 5.
Private Schools in Westchester County, New York
A description of private schools in Westchester County, New York.
3 Qualities Boarding Schools Look For
Three qualities that boarding school admissions committees look for in potential students.
Do You Want to Find a Private School Teaching...
Are you looking for a private school teaching job? Here are the first steps you can take.
How to Apply for Financial Aid
A description of how parents apply for need-based and merit financial aid at private schools.
Teen Suicide in Private Schools
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15 to 24 year olds, and the sixth leading cause of death for 5 to 14 year olds. Do you understand the issue? Do you know what to watch for? What can be done to prevent teen suicide? Whether you are a parent, teacher, administrator or student, this is information you need.
Teaching Jobs Wanted
Listings by professionals seeking teaching jobs in private schools.
Memory Tips for Students
Strategies to help students increase their memory of material.
What is a Form?
As you look at some private school sites, particularly the older, more tradition-bound prep schools, you will encounter the term form.
Uniforms in Private Schools: The Pros and Cons
A description of the pros and cons of uniforms and dress codes in schools.
A Tour of Seattle-Tacoma Area Schools
A college preparatory schools provides a rigorous academic program designed to enhance your child's chances of getting into the college of his choice. Page 4.
5 Ways to Do Better in Math Class
Five strategies to help students learn to stop fearing math and to improve their performance.
Where Do I Begin?
Where Do I Begin? covers the basic steps for choosing a school. We show you how to find a school, select the right one, apply to schools and how to pay for it. We offer information on private school curricula, specialty schools, vouchers and other beginning resources.

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