Tag Archives: New England prep schools

Exploring the Northeast: Boarding Schools in New England

When looking at options for high school, many students look to schools in the Northeast, which is home to 140 boarding schools. According to Boarding School Review, that means that nearly half of the boarding schools in the US are located in this region. In this blog series, we’ll look at boarding schools in the Northeastern part of the country, and what sets them apart from other schools. First up, boarding schools in New England.

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What is private school?

Cheshire Academy is one of the oldest boarding schools in the country.
Cheshire Academy is one of the oldest boarding schools in the country.

It’s not uncommon to hear people ask, “What is private school?” In essence, a private school is an educational institution that is not supported by the government. Instead, most private schools are considered non-profit organizations. There are several types of private schools, often also referred to as independent schools, and knowing the different types can you find the right one for you to attend.   Continue reading What is private school?

Choosing the right boarding school to attend

 

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Congratulations! You’ve been accepted to boarding school, and now it’s time to decide where to enroll. Choosing the right boarding school to attend is a big step, so here are three tips to help you make your decision. Continue reading Choosing the right boarding school to attend

Advice for Applying to Boarding Schools – Part 3

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By now, you’re well on your way to applying to boarding schools of your choice. In my first blog, I got you thinking about what you want and need out of boarding school. Last week, we covered prioritizing your needs and how to narrow down your list of boarding schools.

At this point, you have likely inquired at your top schools and you may have even heard back from the admission office. What’s next? Reviewing information from your schools, and scheduling school visits, tours, and interviews. Continue reading Advice for Applying to Boarding Schools – Part 3

IB Program Series Part IV: The Depths of ToK

Every time I visit a class here at Cheshire Academy, I walk away inspired. I leave the classroom feeling energized and hungry for more. The opportunities our students have to take courses like Theory of Knowledge (ToK) gives them a forum to openly debate and discuss complex theories and concepts. This course, like all IB program courses, requires that students use and hone critical thinking skills while drawing upon their individual experiences, educational and otherwise, to make connections to the world around them.

During class, I take notes of what students say, the debates they have, the parallels they draw to their other classes, and the thought-provoking statements and questions they offer. My notes could fill pages within this blog, but the ultimate take away from all of the IB program classes I have visited since last spring—sciences, English, visual arts and ToK—is that students are always challenged to go beyond the basics of education. They are pushed to question what they know, taught to ask why they know what they know, and asked to delve into how they know what they know about themselves and the world in which they live.

Want a glimpse into the most recent ToK class I visited? Let’s go …

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