Welcome to our Admissions Blog. It is here that we will share interesting articles, tips and stories that relate to secondary school admissions. Our goal is to demystify the admissions process and to provide advice and guidance. Please share these pages with others! The content does not apply solely to Salisbury School.

The Value of a Repeat Year

Posted by Sarah Scoville on Nov 1, 2018 1:37:00 PM

"An extra year of school?"

"I'm being held back?"

"Won't I have to take all the same classes?"

Often the idea of repeating a year of school is associated with a negative a stigma and looked at as a punishment.  However, repeating a year of school, particularly for a boy, reaps benefits that pay dividends in the future.

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Topics: Athletics, All Boys School, Boarding School, Applying

7 Tips for Taking the SSAT

Posted by Sarah Scoville on Oct 19, 2018 11:06:00 AM

Every student gets nervous when it comes time to sit for the SSAT.  The tips below will help you prepare for test day and give you some helpful hints when sitting for the test.

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Topics: Standardized Testing, Application, Applying

Acing Your Prep School Interview: Tips from an Admissions Officer

Posted by Sarah Scoville on Oct 4, 2018 10:20:00 AM

Heading in for a school interview can be daunting and can make many students very nervous.  Here are a few tips to help you to prepare for the big day.

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Topics: Applying, Boarding School, Interview

The Resounding Relevance of a Single-Gender School

Posted by Peter Gilbert, P'18, '20 on Sep 20, 2018 12:47:51 PM

In a supportive and engaging single-sex environment, students establish a foundation for making responsible decisions, forge healthy relationships and step out of their comfort zone to explore their full potential both inside and outside of the classroom.   

Renowned educators and psychologists have published volumes on the value of a single-sex education. While young men can and do excel in many types of educational institutions, schools designed for boys nurture confidence and inspire growth, while fostering academic success and the development of a young man of character in a balanced and supportive setting.   

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Topics: All Boys School, Application, Boarding School, Applying

5 Steps to Navigating the Boarding School Application Process

Posted by Sarah Scoville on Sep 6, 2018 10:20:00 AM
Thinking about applying to boarding school?  We know the process can be nerve wracking.  Take a look at the 5 steps below to help you navigate the application process and determine what you need to accomplish to stay on track with the application timeline.  At the end of the article, be sure to download our "Future Prep School Parent Toolkit."

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Topics: Application, Boarding School

Life in the Northwest Corner: Why Salisbury's Location is Ideal

Posted by Sarah Scoville on Aug 3, 2018 10:20:00 AM

Numerous factors will be taken into account when choosing a secondary school for your son; size, curriculum offerings, athletic prowess, academic support, school culture.  But no characteristic is more fixed than a school's location. 

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Topics: All Boys School, Boarding School

The Life Skills of Athletics

Posted by Bobby Wynne on Jul 24, 2018 10:12:00 AM

As helmets line the gym awaiting the late-summer arrival of our preseason football players, I can’t help but recall my own memories of the nervous, excited energy that brewed throughout the summer ahead of returning to the field with the boys of fall.  I can hear my coaches’ voices.  To this day, their messaging remains some of the strongest and most valuable I’ve received. Their wisdom, their praise, their criticism and their guidance; their words were not just applicable to the game, but to life.

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Topics: All Boys School, Athletics

Character Matters: Measuring Character Skills in the Admissions Process

Posted by Peter Gilbert, P'18, '20 on Jul 13, 2018 10:28:00 AM

Salisbury School was founded and built on what was once a family owned, hard-working farm in the heart of New England and the western Connecticut hills.  We can imagine that our founders and those who worked the soil before us would be proud that, as a top-ranked boys boarding school in the twenty first century, our “north star” simply remains "character."  The words "Salisbury Gentleman" and "Esse Quam Videri" mean as much today...albeit they seem more counter culture than ever.

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Topics: All Boys School, Application, school applications, Boarding School, Applying

Fostering Connections: Why Teens Need Other Adults in Their Lives

Posted by Sarah Scoville on Jun 7, 2018 9:53:00 AM

The average American teen has 150 followers on Instagram, and 18% of teens have over 300 followers. But, how many of those followers are individuals these teenagers are truly connected to? With how many of those followers do teenagers have trusted and valued relationships?

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Topics: All Boys School

Is a Post-Graduate Year Right for my Son?

Posted by Peter Gilbert, P'18, '20 on May 24, 2018 9:29:00 AM

At various prestigious Connecticut and New England Boarding Schools, the post-graduate year is an increasingly popular option for aspiring students who want to better prepare themselves for college.  This blog takes a closer look at the value of post-graduate year and what to expect.

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Topics: All Boys School, Application, Applying, Standardized Testing, Boarding School, PG, Post-Graduate

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