Tips on questions to ask when searching for a school

Posted by Katherine Carbo on Oct 28, 2018 2:51:00 PM

We are so fortunate to have many wonderful primary public, independent and parochial school options in the Northern Virginia / Washington D.C. / Maryland area. This blessing does not come without challenges. You are left to wonder...

What is the right match for my child?
What would it be like for my child to attend an independent school? 
When is the right time to apply?
Should we wait until Middle School or Upper School? 

Here are some tips on questions to ask when searching for a school?  

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Topics: School search, Kindergarten, Looking at private schools, choosing a school, junior kindergarten

Saints Have the Power to be Hunger Fighters. Together, Their Powers Become SUPERPOWERS!

Posted by Mary Via on Oct 17, 2018 10:43:50 AM

This is the Lower School Chapel Talk given October 16, 2018 - World Food Day - by Ms. Mary Via, Director of Service Learning and External Engagement. As an adult chapel attendee, it was incredibly powerful and I believe, impactful. So much so, we just needed to share it.

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Topics: St. Stephens and St. Agnes, dare greatly, become ready, st. stephens, Kindergarten, PreK, Looking at private schools, Spiritual Life, service, Goodness as Well as Knowledge

Do Kids Really Need Another After-school Activity?

Posted by Marcia Mallett on Oct 3, 2018 12:41:58 PM

Tuesday is hip hop dance. Wednesday is yoga. Thursday is cross-training. Sunday is lacrosse. Basketball hasn't been scheduled yet. Exhausted much? That's my 10-year-old's activity schedule. Kids don’t have to think about developing their brains﹣but as parents, we are thinking about it on their behalf. Experts agree, brain development happens naturally as kids explore the world around them. So, it makes sense that the more parents add to and vary their children’s daily experiences, the more connections the brain is building. On top of that, we want them to be active and love learning new things. So of course after-school activities are good for kids but how frequently and which ones are the best?

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Topics: dare greatly, Teachers as experts, become ready, Looking at private schools, Recreational Activities

Access to a World Class Education Through Affordable Means

Posted by Jon Kunz on Feb 9, 2018 10:01:47 AM

A few months ago, my family embarked on one of the true adventures in the life of a family - we moved for the first time.  At first, my daughters appeared unfazed.  Rambunctious and stubborn, they continued to bother our neighbors with enthusiastic, unscheduled outdoor performances of “Sing” and “Descendants”.  But, then it happened.  While driving to look at what would eventually become our new home, my older daughter rode in the backseat with a pensive and forlorn look in her eyes.  When we got out of the car I asked her why she was sad.  

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Topics: St. Stephens and St. Agnes, School search, Looking at private schools, Financial Aid

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