Salisbury School: Admissions Blog

Redefining “Connectivity” for Boys

Posted by Peter Gilbert, P'18, '20 on Nov 13, 2019, 8:21:59 AM

At the 2018 Independent Educational Consultant Association conference, Dr. Jean M. Twenge presented her findings that were published in her book, iGen, Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy-and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood. The statistics she shares are remarkable and concerning. We all have read similar research.  Just recently, one of our boarding school colleagues led an excellent, similarly themed workshop at the annual TABS conference. Obviously, this topic is “front of mind” with educators right now.

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Topics: Boarding School, All Boys School, Academics, technology

Academic Support at Boarding School: Differentiating Learning Centers

Posted by Kati Brandon on Nov 4, 2019, 9:11:57 AM

Most every mainstream boarding school has a "learning center."  This is different from a school specifically designed for students with learning differences.  So, how does one differentiate between the offerings at mainstream schools?  This is especially difficult when all schools use terms like "structure" and "support" and "tutoring."  In this post, we'll offer some key points to considering when exploring boarding school learning centers.

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Topics: Boarding School, Learning Center

Acing Your Prep School Interview: Tips from an Admissions Officer

Posted by Sarah Scoville on Oct 15, 2019, 10:20:00 AM

Visiting a school for an interview can seem daunting and can leave incoming students nervous.  Here are a few tips to help prepare for the big day.

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Topics: Boarding School, Applying, Interview

The Value of a Repeat Year

Posted by Sarah Scoville on Oct 3, 2019, 10:02:06 AM

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

The Resounding Relevance of a Single-Gender School

Posted by Peter Gilbert, P'18, '20 on Sep 24, 2019, 11:13:00 AM

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.   How do single-sex schools foster this personal growth and development?: 

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

Why Boarding? - The Benefits of a Boarding School

Posted by Sarah Scoville on Sep 17, 2019, 10:14:00 AM

Considering a boarding school option can be an emotionally difficult decision for both parents and students.  Parting with family and friends and establishing new friendships doesn't come easily to everyone.  So why even consider making such sacrifices?  What is it about the boarding school experience that can complement your educational formation so well?  Here, we take a look at the value of the boarding environment at Salisbury School.  

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Topics: Boarding School, All Boys School

A Break from Exams: The Case for Project Based Learning

Posted by Sarah Mulrooney on Mar 26, 2019, 10:12:00 AM

We’ve all been there. Your history teacher assigns you a topic, you spend a week or so in the library researching, and you write a paper with a well-developed thesis, making sure your citations are correct and your grammar, spelling, and punctuation are on point. You turn the paper in and after a few days, you get it back with a grade. The teacher moves on to the next thing, and, while you surely developed your skills during the process, it’s not long before the paper is a distant memory other than its place in the grade book and, perhaps, the bottom of a backpack. That’s usually the end of it, but it doesn’t have to be. 

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Topics: Boarding School, All Boys School, Academics, Project Based Learning, Curriculum

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