Thank you, local retailers!

August 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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A big thanks goes out to two Somerville, MA shops for carrying McClure’s Private School Application Workbook:

The Book Shop

True Grounds Newsletter

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Think you earn too much to qualify for private school financial aid?

May 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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According to an article in CNNMoney, in the 2010-11 academic year, about 20% of families that filed for financial aid for private school earned $150,000 or more a year, up from just 6% in 2002-03.

Read the article here.

More NYC students taking the ERB’s

April 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Many of the most competitive private schools in NYC don’t disclose how many applications they receive. According to the NY Times, the number of children taking the the intelligence tests required for admission at most private schools, known as the E.R.B.’s, is often taken as a proxy for admissions competition. On Thursday, the Educational Records Bureau, which administers the test, disclosed that the number of students taking the E.R.B’s increased 1.4 percent for the current academic year. Read the NY Times Article.

NY Times article about private schools’ fundraising and data collection raises privacy concerns

March 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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“Schools are mining online data for details about parents’ homes, luxury cars, private planes, stock holdings and donations to other charities.”

Read the article here.

Waitlisted…now what?

March 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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If your child was put on the wait list (sometimes called the “wait pool”) of a private school and you are hoping to be offered an offer of admission from that school, be sure to read all information provided by the school about the wait list process.  For example, you might be required to contact the school to confirm you wish to remain on the wait list–if you do not respond, you will lose your place on the wait list.

Congratulations…but you’re not finished yet!

March 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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It’s that time of year when many schools are sending out admissions decisions.  If your child was offered admission to one or more schools, congratulations!  Now, time to get back to work!  Confusion about what steps are required next to enroll your child can result in the school offering your child’s spot to someone else.  You are in the home stretch of the private school application process–the enrollment phase.  Get out those checkbooks!


March 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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