What Parents Need to Know About the WPPSI Test

Posted by Katherine Carbo on Sep 17, 2019 4:29:13 PM

Why do most independent primary schools require an aptitude test for admission?

As an admission director, I want the children who join our community to thrive in our environment and this assessment can be useful in determining a child's readiness. I hope to get a sense of how your son or daughter solves problems. Your child's development in the areas of verbal reasoning, visual-spatial problem solving, fluid reasoning, memory and visual-motor speed of processing will be measured and compared with the development of same-aged peers. Tests are just one part of the admission process to understanding how we may best teach your child.

What is the difference between the WPPSI-IV and WISC? What is the right test for my child?

  • If your child is younger than six years old and entering either Junior Kindergarten 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 test for children between ages 6 and 16 is the WISC. This stands for the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children.
  • The objective of the exams is to understand the student’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses.
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Topics: School search, become ready, Kindergarten, Looking at private schools, junior kindergarten, jk

6 Tips For Parents to Help Their Kids End the School Year Strong!

Posted by Marcia Mallett on Apr 23, 2019 4:13:08 PM

Maybe you noticed that this blog hasn’t been updated in a few weeks? Just asking for a friend. This is the time of year when it is very hard for me to stay focused. It seems the busier I get, the harder it is for me to actually accomplish important tasks. I’m seeing (and fearing) the same for my kids too. If I can’t get away with mailing it in until the end of the year, neither can they. As a focused school employee—and motivated parent looking for ways to support my less than motivated student—I consulted with our Upper School Learning Specialists Anne Sellon and Kathryn Roessler, on how to survive thrive through the end of the school year.

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Topics: Insider, Teachers as experts, become ready, Upper School, Academics, Middle School

Unleashing Her Creative Voice ~ Notes From a Saints Alumna

Posted by Jon Kunz on Feb 21, 2019 3:08:51 PM

I sat down with a recent graduate of St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes who is currently studying English with a concentration in creative writing at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. I asked Caroline to respond to three specific questions. Below are notes from our conversation:

Me: What creative writing experiences were you part of at SSSAS? How were you supported?

Caroline: I came to college with a strong foundation in writing thanks to my teachers at SSSAS who pushed me and encouraged me to write more. I specifically remember sophomore year in Dr. Klein’s class, when we compiled quarterly journals. Dr. Klein encouraged us to include creative writing. I submitted a creative essay about an epiphany I had experienced, and when I read it aloud in class Dr. Klein said it sounded like the work of someone who reads a lot. (She was right!) In all my English classes there was a combination of critical and creative writing, and I felt fortunate to exercise all parts of my brain throughout my high school career.

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Topics: Insider, Teachers as experts, become ready, Upper School, Academics

Reimagining How Our Youngest Saints Become Ready [Schedule FAQs]

Posted by Andrew Weller, Dean of Enrollment and Strategic Marketing on Feb 15, 2019 12:47:10 PM

Show me how you use your time, and I will show you what you value.

Historically, efficient and maximum use of classrooms was what drove school schedules. It wasn’t about student learning; it was about making sure two classes weren’t in Room 23 at the same time. In the last 50 years, school schedules have instead focused on student learning. Accordingly, as our understanding and knowledge of student learning continues to evolve, so should school schedules...even if Room 23 has been in the same place the whole time.

A hallmark of St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes is our tremendous faculty. Their expertise and experience keep us focused on the student experience and how the program is best delivered. Over two years ago we began the process to review our schedule and be sure it still had students and how they learn best at its center. This has been a massive JK-12, school-wide initiative that affirmed much of what we were doing brilliantly as well as let us build and capitalize on that to reallocate our time to reflect our values and our approach to education.

So, how will that look next year for our youngest Saints in Lower School? Just a very few highlights of this exciting initiative include:

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Topics: Insider, dare greatly, Teachers as experts, become ready, Academics, Lower School

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