If you want to write a high school application essay that is worth reading; one that your audience will remember: Forget everything you’ve ever learned about writing an essay. Okay, I may be being a bit melodramatic. You still need appropriate grammar, syntax, spelling, and formatting. But as for the generic boring cluster that begins

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The first step to finding the best private school match for your child is to understand the timing of the process. Although the timeline varies a bit from school to school, the following schedule is a good overview of what to expect and when to expect it.   Summer Begin to compile a list of

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A Teen’s Perspective on Motivation

Thursday, 27 August 2015 by

Getting your child to become motivated is an extremely difficult and sensitive task. Frustration on the parent’s and child’s end continues to grow as parents nag their children about motivation struggles. Unfortunately, motivation is not a tangible object, which makes it even more difficult for parents and students alike to achieve good motivation. Luckily, Joseph

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I was excited to be featured in Sunday’s education edition of the Washington Post Magazine! For many parents, deciding whether private school is right for their child and which schools to apply to is overwhelming. A new book, “A Guide to Private Schools: The Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland Edition”, can help. The book, by

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Many parents ask, “What are the best private schools in the DC area?” My answer is always, “It depends on your child.” There is a significant difference between “best” and “best fit.” So often, parents equate “best” with hardest to get into. It’s easy to assume that the harder the school is to get into,

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Wondering what the difference is between a “private” and “independent” school?  To start, let’s examine the terms private and independent, which are often used interchangeably when we think of schools outside of the public realm. It’s important to understand the difference. A private school refers to any learning institution that does not receive public funding

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Early in their child’s academic career, parents often make the difficult decision of whether to enroll their student in a public or private school. They want the best for their child, and having the best can mean choosing the right school. However, many parents are unaware of alternative styles of education, such as the Montessori

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In a previous post I began to provide some insight into the private school application process. Below are five more factors that should be considered when coming up with an initial list of private schools for your student. Things to Consider When Applying to Private School Instructional Method:  In the DC area, there is no

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When it comes to the private school application process, there are many details to juggle, papers to file, and deadlines to meet. One of the biggest surprises for families is how early they need to start the school search process. Some parents start looking for schools in the same calendar year they want their child

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The Cost of Private School

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 by

For many families, independent schools seem financially unreachable. However, there are more aid structures in place than ever before to help pay for a student’s education. In fact, the 82 schools that are a part of the Independent Education Association awarded over $116 million in aid during the 2012-2013 school year. That’s not a small

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