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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Public vs. Private Schools: 5 Major Differences
How to choose whether your child should attend public or private school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Interview Questions for Private School Admissions
Common questions that applicants can practice to prepare for admissions interviews at private schools.
What Do Private School Teachers Earn?
An explanation of what private school teachers and administrators earn.
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.
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?
Headmasters' Compensation
Which headmaster is paid the most? Like most things, it depends. Cash salary is just one component in most headmasters' compensation packages.
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.
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.
Do You Know a Good SSAT or ISEE Score?
A description of how the SSAT and ISEE are scored.
Why Choose A Single-Sex School
A description of single-sex 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.
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.
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.
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.
Resumes for Private School Teaching Jobs
How to write a resume targeted to a private school teaching job.
Paying Private School Tuitions
Learn ways to find financial aid for private school tuition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What's the difference between a 'private'...
What's the difference between a 'private' school and an 'independent' school?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3 Things You Should Know Before Writing a...
How parents can write their statement on private school applications.
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.
What Do Private School Admissions Committees...
A description of what private school admissions committees want in their candidates.
Free Private Schools
Ideally education should have no economic or social restrictions. These private schools are a wonderful tribute to that sentiment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Choose a Special Education School
How to choose and evaluate a special education school for your child.
A Tour of Boston Area Schools
Single sex schools have their place in the education arena. These are private girls' schools in the Boston area. Page 8.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Affordable New York City Private Schools
There are some private schools in New York City that are more affordable.
Teaching Jobs Wanted
Listings by professionals seeking teaching jobs in private schools.
Can I Apply Online?
Applying online is fast. It's relatively painless. Most schools offer online admissions applications.
How Private Schools Raise Money
How and why private schools ask for donations.
Private School Admissions Tests for Young...
A description of the ERBs, a private school admissions test for young children.
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.
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.
What is A Montessori School?
A description of Montessori schools and their methods.
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.
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.
How Do Private Schools Determine Financial Aid?
The process by which private schools determine how to award financial aid.
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 10 Most Commonly Read Books in Private High...
A description of the ten most commonly read books in independent high schools.
Montessori Schools - Montessori School Finder
Montessori School Finder - Montessori Schools in the U.S.
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.
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.
Private Schools in a Minute
An overview of private schools in a minute. Quick Facts and Stats.
Deerfield Academy
This profile of Deerfield Academy includes admissions data and other information about the school. Deerfield Academy was founded in 1797.
Jewish Schools
A list of Jewish Schools in Brooklyn.
Is Responsible Cell Phone Use in School Possible?
The debate over whether cell phones should be allowed in schools.
Private Schools that Are Affordable for the...
How middle-class families can afford private-school tuition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Best Review Books for the ISEE and SSAT
The best review books for private school admissions tests, including the ISEE and SSAT.
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.
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.
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.
Is Technology the Answer to our Education...
Computers were supposed to revolutionize teaching. They were supposed to improve results and stimulate learning. Have they done that?
Should Private Schools Accept Siblings and...
A description of the private school policy of accepting siblings and legacies.
5 Strategies for Admissions Test Preparation
Here are 5 strategies for private school admissions test preparation.
Private Schools Finder - Private Schools in the...
Find private K-12 schools in the U.S. by clicking on a map.
What is an International Baccalaureate (IB)...
A description of how International Baccalaureate (IB) schools work.
How to Get Learning Accommodations at Private...
How parents can get accommodations for their children with learning disabilities at private school.
JFK’s Private School Education
A description of John F. Kennedy's education at private elementary and secondary schools.
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.
Why Pre-K and Early Education Are So Important
Why pre-school and pre-kindergarten are so important for children.
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.
5 Mistakes to Avoid in Private School Admissions
Five Mistakes to Avoid in Private School Admissions
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.
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.
Be an Apprentice Teacher
Several private schools offer teaching apprenticeships or internships. These amount to the same thing: the opportunity for you to learn how to teach under the mentoring of experienced, highly qualified teachers.
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.
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.
Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori was a radical in a time when women were not expected to be radical. Her belief that we should educate children by 'following the child' revolutionized primary education and spawned a worldwide movement based on her enlightened teachings.
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.
Homosexuality And Single Sex Schools
Lurking just below the surface of the single sex schools option is the issue of homosexuality. It's probably not an issue parents think about, but many young boys and girls certainly do. We look at that in detail.
Essential Gear For Boarding School
The school and your parents will have endless lists of stuff you need to bring to boarding school. Naturally you need what they tell you to bring. But you also have a life. Don't forget your essential gear.
Dealing With Homesickness at Boarding School
Homesickness is a common feeling many children have when they go to boarding school. Here are several things you should and should not do when you discover that your child is homesick.
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.
Autism Service Dogs in the Classroom
A description of how autism service dogs help children at home and at school.
Private School Teachers
The Teacher's Guide to Private Schools gathers all the information and facts you need about teaching in a private school into one easy reference guide. We cover everything from finding a job to the technology you will need to use.
Writing a Five-Paragraph Essay
How to produce a good essay for private school classes.
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.
Is It Really a Montessori School?
It has Montessori in its name. But how do you know whether it is really a Montessori school? Here's what to look for.
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.
What Is the No Child Left Behind Act?
No Child Left Behind or NCLB can be defined as a well-intentioned legislative effort to hold public schools and teachers accountable.
School Size Matters
Public schools are discovering something which private schools have known for a long time: small schools are better.
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.
Which School Did Bill Gates Attend?
If you ever wondered which private school Prince Harry attended or where Bill Gates went, here are the answers.
5 Tips for Choosing the Right School
5 essential tips you need to know to choose the right private school for your child.
Ranking Canadian Schools
Canadians now can review rankings of private schools in their country. So how come Canadians can have universal health care, legalized marijuana, gay marriages and private school rankings and we Americans can't? Page 2.
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.
Why Learning Fractions Is So Important
Many students stumble learning fractions, but it turns out that fractions are the door to future math learning.
Boarding Schools in New Jersey
A description of boarding schools in New Jersey, including the Hun School, Peddie, and Lawrenceville School.
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.
School Profile - Regis High School
A profile of the tuition-free Regis High School in New York City.
An Explanation of Wechsler Tests
What is the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children? It is an intelligence test commonly administered to children in 4th through 9th grades.
Assessment - The Most Common Grade Scale
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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.
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.
Le Rosey: The Most Expensive School in the World
A description of Le Rosey, the most expensive school in the world.
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.
Employment - Hiring Teachers
Hiring teachers is a process which your school must develop carefully and adhere to literally. Your school's future depends on it. We examine the hiring process and also take a look at hiring foreign and non-certificated teachers.
Mandatory State Testing for All
Some states are considering requiring testing of all students in primary and secondary grades. How will this effect private schools? It's all part of the demand for greater accountability from the k-12 education establishment. Don't expect private schools to slip by increased scrutiny. Page 2.
Private Schools in Westchester County, New York
A description of private schools in Westchester County, New York.
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.
How Therapeutic Schools Can Help Troubled...
How therapeutic schools educate and help troubled teenagers and young adults.
5 Ways to Do Better in Math Class
Five strategies to help students learn to stop fearing math and to improve their performance.

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