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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.
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.
Five Common Private School Interview Questions...
A description of five common questions private school admissions committees ask in the interview.
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.
Public vs. Private Schools: 5 Major Differences
How to choose whether your child should attend public or private school.
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.
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.
Why Choose A Single-Sex School
A description of single-sex private schools.
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.
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.
How to Best Work with Tutors for the ISEE,...
How to get the most out of tutoring for the ISEE, SSAT, COOP, SAT, and for academic work.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do You Know a Good SSAT or ISEE Score?
A description of how the SSAT and ISEE are scored.
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.
3 Things You Should Know Before Writing a...
How parents can write their statement on private school applications.
Headmasters' Compensation
Which headmaster is paid the most? Like most things, it depends. Cash salary is just one component in most headmasters' compensation packages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ten 10 Most Commonly Produced School Plays
Which plays are most often produced in schools--and why school drama teachers run into controversy.
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.
Autism Service Dogs in the Classroom
A description of how autism service dogs help children at home and at 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.
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.
Deerfield Academy
This profile of Deerfield Academy includes admissions data and other information about the school. Deerfield Academy was founded in 1797.
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.
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.
Memory Tips for Students
Strategies to help students increase their memory of material.
Is Responsible Cell Phone Use in School Possible?
The debate over whether cell phones should be allowed in 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.
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.
Jewish Schools
A list of Jewish Schools in Brooklyn.
What's the difference between a 'private'...
What's the difference between a 'private' school and an 'independent' school?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Best Review Books for the ISEE and SSAT
The best review books for private school admissions tests, including the ISEE and SSAT.
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.
Interview Questions for Private School Admissions
Common questions that applicants can practice to prepare for admissions interviews at private schools.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
What Do Private School Admissions Committees...
A description of what private school admissions committees want in their candidates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can Private Schools Be Ranked?
It is problematic to use private school rankings to choose the right school for your child.
How to Choose a Special Education School
How to choose and evaluate a special education school for your child.
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.
Books About Private Schools
Books about or set in private schools. Experience life and culture in private schools as you enjoy these good reads.
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 Become a Private School Teacher
Want to become a private school teacher? Follow these steps and you will be well on your way.
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.
5 Mistakes to Avoid in Private School Admissions
Five Mistakes to Avoid in Private School Admissions
BASIS Opens Two Independent Schools in Brooklyn...
BASIS.ed, an educational group that has started top-performing STEM-focused liberal arts charter schools, is now opening two independent schools. Starting
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.
What is A Montessori School?
A description of Montessori schools and their methods.
Private Schools Finder - Private Schools in the...
Find private K-12 schools in the U.S. by clicking on a map.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Starting a School
Drawing up a budget and developing a financial plan are essential steps to starting your own private school. Doug Halladay shows you how to proceed. Page 5.
Le Rosey: The Most Expensive School in the World
A description of Le Rosey, the most expensive school in the world.
The 10 Most Commonly Read Books in Private High...
A description of the ten most commonly read books in independent high schools.
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.
How Private Schools Raise Money
How and why private schools ask for donations.
Affordable New York City Private Schools
There are some private schools in New York City that are more affordable.
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.
Why Pre-K and Early Education Are So Important
Why pre-school and pre-kindergarten are so important for children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Private Schools in a Minute
An overview of private schools in a minute. Quick Facts and Stats.
What Are the Top Boarding Schools Like?
A description of academic and extracurricular life at top boarding 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Private Schools in Portland, Oregon
A description of private schools in Portland, Oregon.
The World of Holden Caulfield in "The Catcher...
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Writing the Candidate Statement on Your...
How to write a compelling candidate statement.
Green Your School
A description of steps students, teachers, and parents can take to green their school.
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.
How to Get Learning Accommodations at Private...
How parents can get accommodations for their children with learning disabilities at private school.
Top Private School Blogs
Blogs about private schools are an invaluable resource for parents researching private schools. They offer local knowledge and a wealth of experience about private schools and how they operate.
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.
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.
Hazing
Hazing is demeaning and abusive. It's a practice which pervades our educational system from high school to college. It's a practice which should no longer be tolerated by any school.
What is an International Baccalaureate (IB)...
A description of how International Baccalaureate (IB) schools work.
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.
Assessment - The Most Common Grade Scale
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Why Learning Fractions Is So Important
Many students stumble learning fractions, but it turns out that fractions are the door to future math learning.
Resumes for Private School Teaching Jobs
How to write a resume targeted to a private school teaching job.
5 Tips for Choosing the Right School
5 essential tips you need to know to choose the right private school for your child.
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.
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.
British Columbia Private Schools
British Columbia Schools contains data and information to help you choose a school for your child. Get a feel for the wide range of possibilities out there. Each school is unique, so comparing them is not easy. Your best plan of attack is to make a list of all the schools which interest you. Once you have done that, you can begin to shorten the list and visit the schools which seem to be the best match.
How to Choose a Prep School
Choosing a prep school for your child is a process. We lay out the steps of that process for you and explain how to choose the right school for your child.
A Tour of San Francisco Schools
San Francisco has many fine independent schools to choose from. Page 8.
Can I Get Financial Aid?
Can I get financial aid? What options are there for paying private school expenses?
Private Schools in Cleveland, Ohio
A description of private schools in Cleveland, Ohio.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Do Educational Consultants Do?
An interview with educational consultant Howard Greene.
COOP/HSPT/TACHS Test Prep Books
These books will help you prepare specifically for the more common Catholic high school admissions tests: COOP, HSPT and TACHS.
School Size Matters
Public schools are discovering something which private schools have known for a long time: small schools are better.
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.
3 Qualities Boarding Schools Look For
Three qualities that boarding school admissions committees look for in potential students.
Teaching Jobs Wanted
Listings by professionals seeking teaching jobs in private schools.
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.
Private Schools in Westchester County, New York
A description of private schools in Westchester County, New York.
What Makes A Good Private School Teacher?
The qualities that make a private school teacher successful.
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.
New York Private Schools
Data and information for private schools in New York
Choosing a School 101
Choosing a school for your child is almost as complicated as buying a house. There are so many variables to consider. Start by involving your child in the process right from the beginning. You both need to determine what kind of school works best for you. Page 2.
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.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a novel about a boy with facial deformities who attends a New York City private school.

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