12
Jun

5 Things Schools Expect You To Know When You Apply

5 Things Schools Expect You To Know When You Apply The landscape for applications in the greater Los Angeles area shifts rapidly and it seems that every year, parents and students face new challenges. Limited spaces, difficult testing expectations, vague answers from admissions advisors and conflicting information from other parents converge into a complicated grab bag of half-truths and rumors. We all want the best for our kids and can’t get enough information about what the best might actually be....
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26
Mar

Interview with Dan Vorenberg – Head of School at Mirman School

Recently, we had the chance to catch up with Dan Vorenberg, head of the co-educational Mirman school for highly gifted children in Los Angeles. In the 90’s, Dan made the leap from teaching to administration where he worked as the head of a number of independent schools. Looking at education through so many lenses made Dan the perfect fit for the Mirman school whose founders, Norman and Beverly Mirman, were on a mission to serve a significant population of gifted...
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26
Feb

Think the testing is done once the acceptance letters arrive? Think again!

Think the testing is done once the acceptance letters arrive? Think again! With school applications complete for our elementary, middle and high school students, all of our families can breathe a sigh of relief. The hard work of SATs, ACTs,  APs, ISEEs, HSPTs, and SSATs are done! But, lo! The testing isn’t completed! It takes some students and parents by surprise that there’s another set of Math testing looming. Though nothing like the standardized tests the students have conquered, students...
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12
Feb

3 Facts about the links between the ISEE and the ERB tests

3 Facts about the links between the ISEE and the ERB tests 1. The Tests are Written by the Same Company, the ERB The Educational Records Bureau is a non-profit achievement and assessment testing company based out of New York.  They write both the ISEE admissions test and the ERB (CTP-4) assessment test – both common buzzwords for private school families in the Los Angeles area.   Since the same company writes both the ISEE and the ERB-  as it...
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24
Jan

The Process of Learning – Our Interview with Marcia Capparela, Director of Admissions at Westland

It’s About Community We were lucky enough to snag half an hour of Marcia Capparela’s time recently and were able to dig into her huge depth of knowledge as the admissions director at Westland for the past 7 years. Marcia actually got into education as a parent in the 1970’s when she became involved with her own child’s schooling to such a degree, that she launched a career from it. Marcia says she’s been driven since she was a young...
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16
Jan

What Parents Should Know – An Interview with Abeni Bias, Admissions Director at Echo Horizon

The Echo Horizon Difference Abeni Bias is in her second year as admissions director for Echo Horizon—a school that emphasizes character education in concert with academics in order to facilitate social and emotional growth, critical thinking, autonomy resilience and social responsibility. Abeni has dipped into every facet of education from the classroom to administration. Originally from the Bay Area, her passion found focus in admissions where she says her love for working with families inspires her day to day above...
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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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