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Online courses offer rigorous educational opportunities

January 12, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Technology is expanding educational opportunities and could, to some degree, level the playing field for college-bound students from lower-income school districts. New York State Education Department several years ago launched a statewide virtual learning initiative to support school districts that wanted to provide online and blended learning opportunities. As part of that effort, the state […]

College application essays can introduce the real you

November 24, 2014 | Posted in: High School

Seniors deep into completing college applications are wrestling with one of the most personal parts of the process: the college essay. While grades matter and extracurricular activities count, many college counselors will tell you that a college essay is where you can truly set yourself apart from the rest of the pack. “Let your life […]

SAT revisions begin in 2015

October 15, 2014 | Posted in: High School

A revamped SAT®, that globally recognized college admissions test created by the not-for-profit College Board, is set to debut in 2016 featuring changes in what’s tested, how it’s scored and how students prepare. The College Board is making comprehensive changes to the standardized test to reinforce the skills and evidence-based thinking that high school students […]

What do you want to be when you grow up?

October 1, 2014 | Posted in: High School

At a certain age, career choices seem limitless: firefighter, rock star, astronaut, princess. Fast-forward 10 years and the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” can trigger fear, anxiety and outright panic. This is especially true for juniors and seniors who feel pressured to make a decision about their options. The […]

Graduates: Be bold and embrace your box of chocolates

June 25, 2014 | Posted in: High School

We feel compelled at this time of year to offer sage advice to high school seniors. Graduation is a significant milestone, a time of major transition. As parents, we want to say something profound that will stick in their minds as they venture off to career, college or the military. We think about the movie […]

Navigating college financial aid forms

January 31, 2014 | Posted in: High School

It was just before Christmas when I got the call at work. “Mom, I got in.” It was my senior daughter, and her voice filled with emotion as she relayed how she had learned online that she had “early action” acceptance – a non-binding decision – to her top college choice. She was excited and […]

Navigating the college application process

November 26, 2013 | Posted in: High School

Recently, and with the help of a 4:30 a.m. wake-up call, my son and I finalized his college applications. While a pre-dawn send-off is not a filing requirement, we had not been able to convince the Common App’s new and improved (but, sadly, not yet bug-free) online college application filing service to complete the deal […]

Pre-test a college’s vibe at the local college fair

October 1, 2013 | Posted in: High School

First impressions count – a concept that has been particularly relevant as we’ve worked our way around the Northeast looking at colleges with our high school senior. Creating a list of college possibilities started with a visit to, where my daughter whittled down options based on her interests, grades and test scores (SAT, ACT), […]

The search for a college: Where to begin and what to expect from a summer campus visit

June 27, 2013 | Posted in: High School

\During a busy school year, the college application process can fall to the bottom of the priority list. Keeping up good grades, participating in sports and clubs, working, volunteering and doing all the other things that make a good college applicant can also make it hard for students to squeeze in college visits. Every recent […]

Choosing high school courses – a little bit puzzle, a little bit road map, a lot of strategy

April 12, 2013 | Posted in: High School

There has been a lot of discussion lately among high school students regarding course selection. “Should I take a harder, more challenging course, or one that I know I can do well in?” “Will a college think I wanted to slack off senior year if I take certain electives?” “Should I take a variety of […]