Choosing a Private School

This section will provide expert advice, valuable tools, and relevant resources to aid in the decision making process. Learn more about what factors to consider when choosing a private school, what to expect at an open house, and how an educational consultant can help.

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Exploring Reasons for Choosing Religious Schools for Children

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Exploring Reasons for Choosing Religious Schools for Children
This article delves into the reasons why parents choose religious schools for their children. It provides insights into the educational philosophies of Roman Catholic, Episcopalian, Seventh Day Adventist, Muslim, Jewish, Quaker, and Christian schools. By exploring the unique offerings of each religious affiliation, parents can gain a better understanding of how these schools align with their values and aspirations for their children's education.

Choosing the right educational environment for a child is crucial for parents. For some, the decision involves considering religious schools as an option. Religion cannot be taught in public schools per se. The concept of the separation of church and state is a fundamental principle in American jurisprudence that emphasizes the independence and autonomy of religious and governmental institutions. It refers to the constitutional principle rooted in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, which states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."Public schools.

Sending your child to a religious school offers the unique advantage of an education that integrates faith, values, and academics, providing a solid foundation for spiritual, moral, and intellectual growth.

In this article, we will explore why parents might choose to send their children to religious schools, focusing on specific religious affiliations.

Roman Catholic

Strong Moral Foundation

Roman Catholic schools emphasize the importance of moral values and character development. Parents may choose these schools to provide their children with a solid ethical framework.

Faith Integration

Catholic schools incorporate religious teachings into various aspects of education. Parents who prioritize religious instruction may opt for Catholic schools to ensure their children receive a comprehensive faith-based education.

Community and Sacraments

Catholic schools often provide a close-knit community where children can form lasting relationships. Additionally, these schools offer opportunities for students to actively participate in sacraments, fostering a deeper connection to their faith.

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Demystifying College Admissions Tests

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Demystifying College Admissions Tests
This in-depth article explores the key differences and common features among the three prominent college admissions tests: SAT, ACT, and CLT. As an expert analysis, it provides a comprehensive comparison of the test structure, content coverage, scoring mechanisms, and interpretation. The article also examines why college admissions staff use these tests as part of the admissions process and discusses the role of standardized testing in college admissions. By understanding the nuances of each test, students can navigate the testing landscape more effectively and make informed decisions.

As you evaluate private high schools, review the kind of standardized college admissions tests on which they base their curricula and teaching. College admissions tests play a significant role in the admissions process, providing colleges and universities with standardized measures of academic preparedness. This article aims to delve into the similarities and differences between the three prominent college admissions tests: SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test), ACT (American College Testing), and CLT (Classic Learning Test).

Test Structure and Format

The SAT is a widely recognized college admissions test the College Board administers. It consists of sections in Reading, Writing and Language, Math, and an optional Essay. The SAT is scored on a scale of 400-1600, with an additional essay score (if taken). The test allows approximately 3 hours without the Essay and 3 hours and 50 minutes with the Essay.

The ACT, developed by ACT, Inc., consists of sections in English, Math, Reading, Science, and an optional Essay. The ACT is scored on a scale of 1-36, with an additional essay score (if taken). The test allows approximately 2 hours and 55 minutes without the Essay and 3 hours and 35 minutes with the Essay.

The CLT, offered by the Classic Learning Test organization, features sections in Verbal Reasoning, Grammar/Writing, Quantitative Reasoning, and an optional Essay. The CLT is scored on a scale of 0-120, with an additional essay score (if taken). The test allows approximately 2 hours and

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Children With Learning Differences: How To Proceed

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Children With Learning Differences: How To Proceed
Facing the reality that your child has learning differences is never easy. But with a diagnosis from a qualified professional, and skilled experienced teachers who know how to remediate those differences, your child can learn to handle her differences. More here.

At the first sign that their child has a learning difference, many parents panic and withdraw into a state of denial. That may help you. But it will not help your child. Your child's teachers know what to look for. As a rule, the signs of a child with learning issues are pretty obvious. While teachers may not know how to treat the disorder professionally, they have the training to alert parents and the school administration when they suspect your child has a learning issue.

In this TEDx Talk, Dean Bragonier discusses the true gifts of a dyslexic mind.

Before we dig deeper into the subject of learning differences, here's a definition of the term:

Learning differences, or learning disabilities, affect a person's ability to learn and process information. The signs of learning differences can vary depending on the specific type of disability, but some common symptoms include:

Difficulty with reading, writing, and spelling: People with learning differences may struggle with decoding words, recognizing everyday words, understanding sentence structure, and spelling correctly.

Problems with math: People with learning differences may struggle with basic math concepts such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, and they may also have difficulty with more advanced concepts such as geometry and algebra.

Poor memory: People with learning differences may have difficulty remembering information, especially regarding rote memorization of facts or details.

Difficulty with organization and time management: People with

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How To Find The School You Want

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How To Find The School You Want
Finding the right school for your child is a major project. However, if you tackle it methodically, you will get good results. Here's a roadmap to finding the school you want.

I've been writing about private schools for twenty-five years. I always come back to how little we knew about private schools when we started looking for schools for our girls. My late wife had attended several private schools when she was growing up in New York City. So, she was at least familiar with them. She spoke favorably of the small classes and individual attention she received. I attended the Westmount Public Schools growing up in Montreal. Those schools were run along English public, i.e., private, school lines and might as well have been private schools. They had small classes and lots of individual attention. They also had strict codes of discipline.

However, when it came to identifying private schools for our children, our choices seemed limited. Back in those days before the Internet and smartphones, we had to research schools by phone and snail mail. We asked around and found out about schools from friends and associates. Fortunately, we lived in the suburbs, which always seemed to have a school or two for us to consider.

In any case, in the 2020s, you have some truly amazing tools to help you identify the right school for your children. So, let me save you time and lay out a road map for your research. Your decision process will include consideration of cost, suitability of schools in your area, the reputation of schools and their teachers, curriculum, athletic and extracurricular activities programs, among other items.

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Parents' FAQs About Private School

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Parents' FAQs About Private School
You have dozens of reasons why you think a private school is a good option for your child. But you also have some concerns. We address those here.

One of our parental prerogatives is to worry about our children. That's because your child never came with an instruction manual. As a result, you have had to learn so many things about parenting simply by being a parent. No matter, worry is part of the parental landscape. If you are considering sending your child off to a private school, your worries will be pretty specific. Probably along the lines of the following questions.

Many parents find the concept of sending a child to boarding school upsetting; a child's adolescence is such a distinctively affective period that entrusting it to others seems wrong. Yet boarding schools prosper, successors to institutions dating to medieval times. Source: Forbes.com

Will my child be safe?

Private schools take your child's safety very seriously. Contractually a boarding school functions in loco parentis, which is a legal way of stating that the school acts in the place of the parent when it comes to supervision of its students, your child included.

Here is an overview of Westchester Country Day School, High Point, North Carolina.

In many respects, your child is safer at school, where she cannot drive or go to somebody's house and get into who-knows-what after school while you are at work. Private schools do not permit drugs, drinking, and smoking. Zero tolerance is the rule. Does it prevent teens from pushing the limits and experimenting? That's

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