Katherine Carbo

Katherine Carbo
Originally from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, where she attended an independent school from preK-12th grade, Katherine Carbo earned a bachelor’s degree in business and a law degree before returning right back to the independent school world. With experience at four different schools from coast to coast, she writes insights and observations from the front line of independent school admissions. Mrs. Carbo is the Director of Lower School Admission & Financial Aid at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia. She may be reached at kcarbo@sssas.org.

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Kindergarten Readiness Tips

Posted by Katherine Carbo on Oct 23, 2018 2:01:18 PM

As parents, it seems we are always preparing for what’s coming up next. We have a hospital bag ready before the baby comes, we rig the house for when our babies start to crawl, we have a diaper bag ready for a wardrobe malfunction, and we have enough snacks in our cars to feed an army. You name it - we prepare for it.

Fast forward a few years and your child is four years old. A question is looming - How do we prepare them for Kindergarten? I am going to approach this in two steps.

  1. What should you do if you have a child with a summer or early fall birthday? Do you send them to Kindergarten? How do you know if they are ready for this next step?
  2. They are going to Kindergarten. How do I help prepare my child when the time comes?
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Topics: become ready, Kindergarten, PreK, junior kindergarten, jk

5 Tips to prepare your junior kindergartner for school

Posted by Katherine Carbo on Aug 27, 2018 12:35:45 PM

As we near the end of our summers and the start of school, below are some ideas for building independence that is such a core focus in JK.

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Topics: St. Stephens and St. Agnes, Teachers as experts, become ready, Kindergarten, PreK, junior kindergarten, jk

What is the WPPSI-IV test for JK and Kindergarten children?

Posted by Katherine Carbo on Oct 19, 2017 11:23:08 AM

As part of the admission process, most independent schools require that your child take an aptitude test. 

Here are some details: 

  • If your child is younger than six years old and entering either Junior Kindergarten (JK) or Kindergarten they will take the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence for Children - Fourth Edition. You will hear it referred to as the WPPSI-IV (whip-see-four). 
  • The older version is called the WISC-IV (whisk-four). This stands for the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - Fourth Edition. 
  • No preparation is needed or allowed for this assessment. A qualified examiner works one on one with your child and measures different abilities. 
  • The assessment takes about 45 minutes to an hour. 
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Topics: School search, Kindergarten, Looking at private schools, junior kindergarten, jk

Figuring out Private School Fit

Posted by Katherine Carbo on Oct 12, 2017 3:00:00 PM

If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed about choosing a school that is the right fit for your family, you are not alone! You are putting pieces of a puzzle together and it takes time. Here are some factors to consider as you go through websites, school materials, and tour schools. 
 
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Topics: Kindergarten, Looking at private schools, choosing a school, junior kindergarten

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