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Every year, more and more American students take a gap year as a transition into college. This concept is widely accepted in countries like England and Australia, and now Americans are embracing it too. College advisors, teachers, and even universities, notably Harvard and Princeton, are discussing the benefits of this ... Read More
Over the past two school years, we've seen a huge increase in the number of colleges and independent schools adopting test-optional policies. Moreover, some schools adopted a test-blind policy, which is different from a test-optional policy. The intention is good, but the practical navigation is complicated and often more stressful ... Read More
When it comes to building a strong college application, shifting policies have upended the college admissions process causing confusion and anxiety for many of our students and families. It's true that during the 2020-2021 school year, many elite universities made SAT and ACT scores optional, and they continued this policy ... Read More
When a student attends sleep away camp, they experience a brief independence from the expectations and securities of home. Boarding school offers the opportunity to explore the independence that college will require. Surrounded by students from many different family and cultural backgrounds, boarding schools introduce young people to new communities, and a ... Read More
Developing executive function skills encompasses addressing both distractions and special interests to help students learn how to regulate impulsive thoughts, persevere with less interesting or undesirable tasks, and manage time. An important concept to understand when developing executive function skills is “shared relevance”. When we create shared relevance with another ... Read More