Category Archives: Independent School Advice

Thomas’ Tips for the First Day of School

Some people prepare extensively for their return to school in the fall, others simply wake up one designated morning and go to school. For my return to school, I am preparing simply by making sure that everything is ready. This involves the common things, such as finishing summer homework assignments, but it also involves more uncommon ones. Since I’m homeschooled,

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Independent School Advice: School Visits

Your parents have spent months looking at boarding school websites. Dozens of them. The photo galleries look amazing. The academics include courses you could only dream about taking in your current school. The athletic departments look like something you’d expect to see at college. The extracurricular activities which most schools offer are beyond extensive. That part of going to boarding

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Ten Tips for Making the Most Out of Your Time at Independent High School

You made it! You’ve taken the SSAT, submitted your application and received your admission letter (congrats by the way). Now it’s time to take the next step to high school, are you ready? Here is my top ten pieces of advice for anyone on to bigger and better things, a.k.a. high school. Step out of the comfort zone! – Maybe

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Ditching Coed? No Need to Worry!

The decision to attend an Independent high school was, for the most part, pretty easy for me. Ramsey New Jersey’s Don Bosco Prep offered new academic rigors, nationally recognized athletic programs, a rich history of tradition, and many other positive qualities not applicable to my local public high school. It seemed like a no-brainer, I mean, what was there not

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Elmont Memorial High Valedictorian Accepted to All Eight Ivy League Universities

Wow, can you imagine what it would take to gain acceptance into all eight Ivy League Universities? Elmont Memorial High School Valedictorian Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna has a good idea, and so does her predecessor, Elmont’s 2015 Salutatorian Harold Ekeh. Both students achieved the feat through hard work, perseverance, dedication and plenty of extracurricular activities — Harold calls it being “over-involved” — but also by simply

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From Homeschool to Independent School

Note from the editor: Please welcome ThomasP! Thomas is a new student blogger who will be sharing his perspective on considering and applying to independent school, as well as tips for SSAT practice. Read more about Thomas on our Student Contributors page.   Since everyone’s situation will differ, there may be as many reasons for a student to seek out

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Ask the Admissions Director: Why Consider Independent Schools?

With so many options in K-12 education today, why should families and students consider independent schools and private schools for their primary and secondary school education? At a recent meeting of 100s of admissions directors from the country’s best independent schools and private schools, SchoolUp asked that very question. “Why should families consider independent schools?” Watch what the admissions directors had to

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