Private Schools: Most Popular Articles
Most of America's top boarding schools enjoy well-deserved reputations for campus facilities and amenities surpassing those at many colleges.
Starting a private school is a lengthy, complicated process. Fortunately for you there's absolutely no need to re-invent the wheel.
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's the definition of a Montessori school? Montessori schools are very popular in the U.S. where there are over 8,500 Montessori schools.
What are the differences when you compare private and public schools? Facilities, class size, teaching, budgets and administrative support are a few.
A description of five common questions private school admissions committees ask in the interview.
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.
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.
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.
There are still states which permit corporal punishment in schools. Here are two reasons why corporal punishment should be banned in the United States.
Here are some of the popular reasons why parents should consider private school as an education option for their children.
This comparison of private and public schools looks at factors such as cost, college preparation, accreditation, discipline, teacher certification and more.
How to choose whether your child should attend public or private school.
Many boarding schools charge tuition of more than $40,000 a year. Here are 10 schools which charge half as much.
What are the differences between a Montessori school and a Waldorf school? Montessori vs Waldorf - how do they compare?
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.
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.
A description of single-sex private schools.
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.
A description of how the SSAT and ISEE are scored.
Which plays are most often produced in schools--and why school drama teachers run into controversy.
A vast majority of young people (and adults for that matter) believe that cheating is wrong. However, most young people cheat. Why? Page 2.
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.
Though it's hard to generalize about all single-sex schools, here are some commonalities that tend to characterize many single-sex schools.
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.
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 to find the right school for a child with Asperger's Syndrome or High-Functioning Autism.
Find private K-12 schools in the U.S. by clicking on a map.
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.
How parents can write their statement on private school applications.
Which headmaster is paid the most? Like most things, it depends. Cash salary is just one component in most headmasters' compensation packages.
Since 1963, the scholarship organization A Better Chance has helped 13,000 students attend college-prep private and public schools across the nation.
An explanation of what private school teachers and administrators earn.
Learn ways to find financial aid for private school tuition.
This profile of Choate Rosemary Hall includes admissions data and other information about the school. Choate Rosemary Hall was founded in 1890.
Creating green schools takes imagination, awareness and effort. Here are five things we all can do to make our schools green.
How to get the most out of tutoring for the ISEE, SSAT, COOP, SAT, and for academic work.
The debate over whether cell phones should be allowed in schools.
A description of how autism service dogs help children at home and at 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.
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.
A description of Montessori schools and their methods.
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.
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.
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.
Common questions that applicants can practice to prepare for admissions interviews at private schools.
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.
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.
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.
An overview of private schools in a minute. Quick Facts and Stats.
This profile of Deerfield Academy includes admissions data and other information about the school. Deerfield Academy was founded in 1797.
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.
Boston has several special needs schools capable of handling a variety of learning difference and other issues. Page 3.
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.
Strategies to help students increase their memory of material.
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.
The best review books for private school admissions tests, including the ISEE and SSAT.
A description of the ten most commonly read books in independent high schools.
A description of Le Rosey, the most expensive school in the world.
How to write a resume targeted to a private school teaching job.
This profile of The Hotchkiss School includes admissions data and other information about the school. The Hotchkiss School was founded in 1891.
A description of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC), often used in private school admissions, and what it measures — and does not measure.
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 to prepare for and take the common admissions tests for private schools, including the ISEE, SSAT, and TACHS or COOP.
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.
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.
A description of private schools in Cleveland, Ohio.
What's the difference between a 'private' school and an 'independent' school?
A description of what private school admissions committees want in their candidates.
What are private school vouchers? The school choice debate revolves around the issuance of vouchers or scholarships for students to attend non-public schools.
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.
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.
If you are considering sending your child to private school, this data and information will answer some of the important questions.
Want to become a private school teacher? Follow these steps and you will be well on your way.
There are several different types of admissions tests. The tests determine readiness for college prep studies most private high schools offer.
This profile of St. Paul's School includes admissions data and other information about the school. St. Paul's School was founded in 1856.
Is accreditation necessary? Should you send your child to an unaccredited school? What is accreditation anyway? We answer these questions and more.
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.
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.
This profile of Georgetown Preparatory School includes admissions data and other information about the school. Georgetown Preparatory School was founded in 1789.
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.
What is a nonsectarian school? It is a school which does not adhere to or subscribe to any particular religious belief.
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.
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 study carried out by The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) validates the advantages of a boarding school education.
How to prepare for the ISEE and SSAT, admissions tests to private boarding and day schools.
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.
This profile of The Lawrenceville School includes admissions data and other information about the school. The Lawrenceville School was founded in 1810.
There are some private schools in New York City that are more affordable.
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.
Montessori School Finder - Montessori Schools in the U.S.
How parents can get accommodations for their children with learning disabilities at private 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 description of private schools in Portland, Oregon.
What a psycho-educational evaluation measures and how the process of conducting an evaluation can help a struggling student.
Ideally education should have no economic or social restrictions. These private schools are a wonderful tribute to that sentiment.
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.
If you ever wondered which private school Prince Harry attended or where Bill Gates went, here are the answers.
Why pre-school and pre-kindergarten are so important for children.
This profile of Milton Academy includes admissions data and other information about the school. Milton Academy was founded in 1798.
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.
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.
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.
Listings by professionals seeking teaching jobs in private schools.
This profile of Peddie School includes admissions data and other information about the school. Peddie School was founded in 1864. Page 4.
How to choose and evaluate a special education school for your child.
A description of how International Baccalaureate (IB) schools work.
The Parent's Guide to Private Schools offers advice and information to parents thinking about sending their children to private school.
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.
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.
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.
A description of each part of the Standard Application to private school and how to fill it out.
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.
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This profile of Middlesex School includes admissions data and other information about the school. Middlesex School was founded in 1901.
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.
How and why private schools ask for donations.
Taking a proactive approach to substance abuse is a responsible way in which to deal with a very common problem. Pretending that it doesn't exist or that it will go away by itself is inviting disaster.
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.
Worried about surviving your admissions interview? Don't worry. Follow these simple steps will help you ace your admissions interview.
5 essential tips you need to know to choose the right private school for your child.
What is the definition of a Waldorf school? By definition a Waldorf school is a school which follows the teachings of Rudolf Steiner.
The SSAT and ISEE are the most widely used private school admissions tests. Here's an overview of the SSAT and ISEE.
Why are only 20% of technology positions held by women? Why does a gender gap in computing exist? How do we encourage girls to become interested in technology? What are we doing to inspire girls to choose careers in the technology fields? Some answers and suggestions here.
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.
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.
Do you teach in a private school? Suppose the unthinkable happens and you are sued? Do you have enough liability insurance? Don't assume anything. Make certain you do have adequate coverage. Get answers to these 5 questions private school teachers need to ask about their insurance and then act accordingly.
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.
What is the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children? It is an intelligence test commonly administered to children in 4th through 9th grades.
Computers were supposed to revolutionize teaching. They were supposed to improve results and stimulate learning. Have they done that?
A description of steps students, teachers, and parents can take to green their school.
Are private schools elitist? Do all private school parents really drive Range Rovers and vacation in Mustique? Well, some do. But most don't. Private schools offer scholarships in order to attract students whose parents don't run a Fortune 100 company. Why? Because they have long recognized the need to diversify their student body.
A description of novels written about private school life.
Public schools are discovering something which private schools have known for a long time: small schools are better.
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.
BASIS.ed, which has opened top-performing charter schools, is now opening STEM-focused liberal arts schools in Brooklyn, New York, and San Jose, California.
A description of the ERBs, a private school admissions test for young children.
This Private Schools' Admissions Guide helps you navigate through the process of applying to K-12 private schools
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.
Five Mistakes to Avoid in Private School Admissions
First impressions of your school are lasting ones. How does your school present to visitors? How about your Web site? Here are some tips on how to make a great first impression.
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
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.
A description of academic and extracurricular life at top boarding schools.
Soaring energy costs can devastate your school's operating budget. Here are ten ways to help your school reduce energy costs.
Private schools in Queens, New York.
A description of private schools in Westchester County, New York.
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.
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.
A description of why headmasters are so vital to their schools.