Andrew Weller, Dean of Enrollment and Strategic Marketing

Andrew Weller, Dean of Enrollment and Strategic Marketing

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Co-education is Where Myths, Assumptions and Stereotypes Can Be Broken

Posted by Andrew Weller, Dean of Enrollment and Strategic Marketing on Nov 1, 2021 1:04:00 PM

The Value of Co-education

Boys and girls who only know of each as social creatures are lacking a key component of their education that will prepare them for college and beyond. 

In some ways, it seems odd to be explaining or defending coeducation.  Isn’t that the norm? Isn’t the burden on single-gender high schools to be explaining or defending themselves?  But in some places in the country, including Washington, D.C., there are almost as many single-sex schools as there are coed schools, particularly when you include Catholic high schools.  And many of those schools provide an excellent education. So, if you can get a strong college prep education from both single-gender and coed schools, how do you decide?

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Topics: Insider, School search, Looking at private schools, co-ed, single gender, coed

Pondering your child’s academic future after school closures and remote learning?

Posted by Andrew Weller, Dean of Enrollment and Strategic Marketing on Nov 4, 2020 6:24:24 PM

Wondering what you can do to fill in learning gaps to keep your child on a college prep trajectory? You are not alone. One solution to consider is reclassifying.

We anticipate a greater number of reclassifications to occur across elementary, middle and high schools grades this year. Each year, we have about a handful of students who choose to reclassify as they enroll. We are experienced with guiding students through transitions and setting them on a path for achieving their full learning potential. Many private schools are uniquely positioned and experienced to offer this extra support. Let’s take a look at why reclassifying versus repeating a grade is a good solution—perhaps even a gift—to solidify their academic aspirations or even accelerate them.

Why do some schools call it repeating and other schools call it reclassifying? Let’s first talk about definitions, because words matter.

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Topics: become ready, Kindergarten, Looking at private schools, choosing a school, Upper School, Academics, Middle School

Insider's Guide to Applying to Private School

Posted by Andrew Weller, Dean of Enrollment and Strategic Marketing on Sep 16, 2020 12:27:00 PM

Starting the process early will make the experience easier.

Applying to private school can be a daunting process and one that requires significant time and energy from a family.  While this may not be the most encouraging opening thought, if embraced, it will actually make the process much less daunting.  

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Topics: Insider, School search, become ready, Looking at private schools, choosing a school

Why it makes sense to invest in private school education

Posted by Andrew Weller, Dean of Enrollment and Strategic Marketing on Feb 10, 2020 2:19:00 PM

For most, investing in your child's education comes down to family values and parent priorities.

First, let’s acknowledge that private school education is a choice.  For many, having a car is not a choice. What car you’ll drive and how much you’re wiling to spend are choices but to have a car or not is generally not a choice.  Private school is a choice. No matter where you live, there is always a free public school option nearby.

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Topics: Insider, St. Stephens and St. Agnes, Teachers as experts, become ready, Kindergarten, Goodness as Well as Knowledge, Upper School, Academics, Middle School

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