30
Nov

Twice-Exceptional – Doug Lenzini, Admissions Director at Bridges Academy

Twice-Exceptional – Our Interview with Doug Lenzini, Director of Admissions at Bridges Academy We recently caught up with Doug Lenzini, who has been the Director of Admissions at Bridges Academy for the past seventeen years. Bridges is an independent school committed to providing high-quality primary and secondary education to gifted students who also have complex learning challenges. Doug explains that Bridges students are twice-exceptional or 2e. They are gifted / highly gifted but have struggled to find a successful fit...
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14
Nov

Admission nuances—A conversation with Tanynya Hekymara—Director of Admissions and Civic Engagement at The Oaks School

Admission nuances—letting personalities shine and believing in your school’s mission— A conversation with Tanynya Hekymara—Director of Admissions and Civic Engagement at The Oaks School This week, we got the privilege of catching up with Tanynya Hekymara, the Director of Admissions and Civic Engagement  at The Oaks School. Tanynya emphasized the importance of getting on board with the mission of your child’s school and wants parents to let their children’s true personalities shine.   Looking for the right path for your...
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07
Nov

The ERB Explained

What is the ERB? The ERB or CTP 4, is comprised of ten levels spanning grades 1-11.  The ERB is not an entrance exam, but an achievement test to ascertain how much students are learning.  There is no test named “the ERB.” Although parents, teachers, and school administrators often use this term to describe all ERB testing programs used by their school.   Each of ERB’s four testing programs has its own name and is designed to evaluate content and skills taught in...
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02
Nov

A REASSURING PERSPECTIVE ON PRIVATE SCHOOL ADMISSIONS: AN INTERVIEW WITH ALEC MOSS, DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS AT NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL

A REASSURING PERSPECTIVE ON PRIVATE SCHOOL ADMISSIONS: AN INTERVIEW WITH ALEC MOSS, DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS AT NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL We recently had the chance to sit down with Alec Moss, Director of Admissions at Notre Dame High School, and were happy to find that there are a lot more ways than one to success when it comes to private school admissions. A Notre Dame graduate, Moss headed east to attend Xavier University in Ohio. However, like so many people,...
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23
Oct

Removing Anxiety from the Admissions Process: Our Interview with Steve Milich, Director of Admission at The Buckley School

Removing Anxiety from the Admissions Process: Our Interview with Steve Milich, Director of Admission at The Buckley School There are few things more seemingly daunting than independent school admission process. Students and parents alike can quickly get lost in the “what if’s” and anxiety of admission. We recently caught up we Steve Milich, the admissions director at The Buckley School. As a former admissions director for N.Y.U. and now dealing with the K-12 environment, Steve has an extensive and very...
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05
Oct

Reduce Stress by Knowing the ISEE – An Everything Guide

Reduce Stress by Knowing the ISEE – An Everything Guide Every year, I talk to hundreds of parents about the ISEE. This is my 8th year doing ISEE Prep and each year, families come to Davidson with questions, anxiety and specific concerns. There is a community of parents in Los Angeles who love their kids and wants the best for them, but often the peer pressure and rumors, combined with geographic limitations and school choices make the application process far...
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14
Sep

Interview with Ashley R. Jackson, ​Middle School ​Director of Admission at Milken Community​ ​Schools

Admission Misconceptions: Our Interview with Ashley R. Jackson, ​Middle School ​Director of Admission at Milken Community​ ​Schools There are few obstacles more difficult for Los Angeles parents to navigate in the private middle and high school application process than the misconceptions: the rumors whispered at school pick-up, the whispers of Dos and Don’ts which ultimately have no basis or foundation in truth. Parents often would prefer to ask each other questions than speak directly to a school admission counselor since...
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07
Sep

Which Private Secondary School Is Best For My Student?

Finding A Home Away From Home School tours. Interviews. Application deadlines. The ISEE is only a piece of the entire application process. Making a decision about where you child should apply can be a source of stress for a lot of parents. You have to weigh your child’s best interests and the extra-curricular activities against the basic logistics of living in Los Angeles – distance, carpools, cost and sibling attendance. Even if you find a school that is the best...
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10
Aug

All About ISEE Accommodations

All About ISEE Accommodations In order to allow all students access to the ISEE test, the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) does provide accommodations for students who qualify. The path for students to qualify for testing accommodations is sometime hard to navigate, so it’s good to know what the process looks like before hand. We have outlined below the nuts and bolts of applying for and receiving accommodations. (Disclaimer: this is for informational purposes only. This is in no way a...
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