Category Archives: In the Classroom

Eight Types of Boarding Schools You Didn’t Know Existed

There’s a common misconception that all boarding schools are the same. In fact, there are a slew of different types of boarding schools available for you to attend depending on your learning style, interests, and more. From college prep and single-gender schools, to athletic and arts-focused schools, there are boarding schools for everyone. Check out these types of boarding schools that you might not have known about: Continue reading Eight Types of Boarding Schools You Didn’t Know Existed

Philanthropy at Private Schools: A Culture of Giving Back

Did you know that an important part of the private school culture is the concept of philanthropy?

In fact, most private schools, both boarding schools and day schools, are registered non-profit organizations and rely on the charitable giving of their constituents to make it possible to operate annually. These institutions also involve students in community service efforts in which students find ways to support not only their school communities, but their towns, states, and even the world. How can you be philanthropic at your boarding school? Below we’ve listed out several ways that a private school can create a culture of giving back: Continue reading Philanthropy at Private Schools: A Culture of Giving Back

Is a PG year right for you?

Cheshire Academy's PG students recently visited Metlife Stadium. The postgraduate program at Cheshire Academy, one of the best boarding schools in the world, is now accepting applications. Is the PG year right for you?
Cheshire Academy’s PG students recently visited Metlife Stadium.

It’s your senior year, and you’re thinking about college. Are you ready? Not all high school seniors are, and there’s a program that’s perfect for those students who need another year of high school. It’s called the PG year, or postgraduate year, and it’s offered at many of the best boarding schools in the world. Is it right for you? Continue reading Is a PG year right for you?

Are you looking for a good election app?

 

The days of  maps on a dusty roll hanging from the chalkboard are long gone. Those maps are expensive, clunky and quickly become outdated. In US History and Government classes it is essential to have great resources to keep the students engaged and to appeal to this generation of visual learners. For those using iPads in the classroom, a great app for history is 270towin. It is a mere 99 cents in the app store and an invaluable resource, with election maps spanning from Washington to Obama. Continue reading Are you looking for a good election app?

Three Ways to Organize Your College Entrance Essay

Organizing your college entrance essay is one of the most important steps in creating a paper that “wows” admission officers. Second only to choosing a great topic and developing that topic with specific details, structuring your essay for maximum impact helps demonstrate your control over the English language, something admission officers are definitely interested in seeing in each essay.

It can be tempting to organize your essay as a traditional literary analysis, which is the kind of essay most students write in high school English. However, writing a college entrance essay is different because rather than making an argument about a book, you are using your personal experiences to make an argument about yourself, and the way you organize those experiences in your essay can either help your argument, or hurt it.

There are three time-tested ways to organize your essay—though I’ll warn you upfront that some are more powerful than others! Continue reading Three Ways to Organize Your College Entrance Essay