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Do You Know a Good SSAT or ISEE Score?
A description of how the SSAT and ISEE are scored.
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.
Five Common Private School Interview Questions...
A description of five common questions private school admissions committees ask in the interview.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
What Do Private School Admissions Committees...
A description of what private school admissions committees want in their candidates.
Interview Questions for Private School Admissions
Common questions that applicants can practice to prepare for admissions interviews at private schools.
3 Things You Should Know Before Writing a...
How parents can write their statement on private school applications.
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?
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.
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.
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.
What Do Private School Teachers Earn?
An explanation of what private school teachers and administrators earn.
Headmasters' Compensation
Which headmaster is paid the most? Like most things, it depends. Cash salary is just one component in most headmasters' compensation packages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why Choose A Single-Sex School
A description of single-sex private schools.
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.
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.
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.
Paying Private School Tuitions
Learn ways to find financial aid for private school tuition.
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.
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.
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.
The Best Review Books for the ISEE and SSAT
The best review books for private school admissions tests, including the ISEE and SSAT.
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.
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.
Ten 10 Most Commonly Produced School Plays
Which plays are most often produced in schools--and why school drama teachers run into controversy.
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.
5 Mistakes to Avoid in Private School Admissions
Five Mistakes to Avoid in Private School Admissions
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.
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's the difference between a 'private'...
What's the difference between a 'private' school and an 'independent' 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.
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.
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.
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.
A Tour of Boston Area Schools
Boston has many Catholic high schools. Some are run by the Archdiocese of Boston. Several are independently owned and operated by the various church orders. This list includes schools which are online. Page 6.
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.
Resumes for Private School Teaching Jobs
How to write a resume targeted to a private school teaching job.
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.
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.
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.
Free Private Schools
Ideally education should have no economic or social restrictions. These private schools are a wonderful tribute to that sentiment.
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.
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.
Memory Tips for Students
Strategies to help students increase their memory of material.
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.
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.
What is A Montessori School?
A description of Montessori schools and their methods.
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.
Is Responsible Cell Phone Use in School Possible?
The debate over whether cell phones should be allowed in schools.
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 the ISEE?
What is the ISEE? The ISEE is a widely used private school admissions tests.
Jewish Schools
A list of Jewish Schools in Brooklyn.
How to Choose a Special Education School
How to choose and evaluate a special education school for your child.
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.
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.
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.
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 Best Holiday Gifts for Teachers
Holiday gifts that show your child's teacher she is appreciated.
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.
Private Schools Finder - Private Schools in the...
Find private K-12 schools in the U.S. by clicking on a map.
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.
Assessment - The Most Common Grade Scale
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How Private Schools Raise Money
How and why private schools ask for donations.
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.
Private Schools in Portland, Oregon
A description of private schools in Portland, Oregon.
Private Schools in a Minute
An overview of private schools in a minute. Quick Facts and Stats.
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
The 10 Most Commonly Read Books in Private High...
A description of the ten most commonly read books in independent high schools.
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.
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.
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.
Le Rosey: The Most Expensive School in the World
A description of Le Rosey, the most expensive school in the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 To Become a Private School Teacher
Want to become a private school teacher? Follow these steps and you will be well on your way.
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.
Acing Your Admissions Essay
Relax! The writing sample or admissions essay is not that difficult. Here's how to ace it.
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.
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 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.
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.
Affordable New York City Private Schools
There are some private schools in New York City that are more affordable.
5 Tips for Choosing the Right School
5 essential tips you need to know to choose the right private school for your child.
Can I Apply Online?
Applying online is fast. It's relatively painless. Most schools offer online admissions applications.
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 Twelve Days of Christmas
The Twelve Days of Christmas: Update of a traditional song for private school teachers.
How to Get Learning Accommodations at Private...
How parents can get accommodations for their children with learning disabilities at private school.
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.
What Are the Top Boarding Schools Like?
A description of academic and extracurricular life at top boarding schools.
Should Private Schools Accept Siblings and...
A description of the private school policy of accepting siblings and legacies.
School Profile - Regis High School
A profile of the tuition-free Regis High School in New York City.
5 SSAT Test Prep Mistakes
There are several mistakes which you ought to avoid in order to prepare for the SSAT.
Avoid Private School Interview Mistakes
How to avoid mistakes during the interview that will hurt your chances of private school admissions.
Writing a Five-Paragraph Essay
How to produce a good essay for private school classes.
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.
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.
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.
Teaching Jobs Wanted
Listings by professionals seeking teaching jobs in private schools.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
JFK’s Private School Education
A description of John F. Kennedy's education at private elementary and secondary schools.
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.
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.
Montessori Schools - Montessori School Finder
Montessori School Finder - Montessori Schools in the U.S.
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.
Private Schools that Are Affordable for the...
How middle-class families can afford private-school tuition.
School Size Matters
Public schools are discovering something which private schools have known for a long time: small schools are better.
Private Schools in Cleveland, Ohio
A description of private schools in Cleveland, Ohio.
Uniforms in Private Schools: The Pros and Cons
A description of the pros and cons of uniforms and dress codes in schools.
Studying for the SSAT
Studying for the SSAT will help you do better on this commonly used private schools admissions test.
Novels About Private School
A description of novels written about private school life.
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?
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.
Writing the Candidate Statement on Your...
How to write a compelling candidate statement.
What Is the SSAT?
What is the SSAT? The SSAT is one of the most widely used private school admissions tests.
Top Educational Video Games
A description of Commonsense Media's guide to choosing the best educational video games.
Autism Service Dogs in the Classroom
A description of how autism service dogs help children at home and at school.

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